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Report – Newcastle Star Now Linked With Real Madrid

11:02 pm, Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting tonight that Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who looked even world-class in a couple of games for France in the Euros just completed –  is now a target for Real Madrid – maybe the greatest club in world football.

So that dream team and that beautiful club Arsenal could potentially quickly be replaced by Moussa talking about how Real Madrid were always his favorite team when he was growing up in the suburbs of Paris.

With Moussa anything seems to be possible these days.

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Moussa Sissoko in action for France in Euros 2106

Real Madrid were interested in signing Paul Pogba for around £100M from Juventus and it seems if they cannot get Paul Pogba to Madrid they may go after the 26 year-old Newcastle midfielder as an alternative.

That’s similar to what that other massive club – Manchester United – are thinking of as a potential strategy if they cannot get Pogba.

Moussa outshone Paul Pogba in France over the last few weeks.

The news in Sport is that the Real manager Zinedine Zidane has recommended Sissoko as an alternative to Pogba to the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, who decides which players come into the famous Madrid club.

But Sissoko is also being linked with other big clubs too – and they include West Ham United of the Premier League and even Juventus, that beautiful club that plays in black and white stripes in Turin.


Rafa Benitez said yesterday there is no price on the head of Moussa simply because the Tyneside club does not want to sell him.

But if  Sissoko is sold then we can be sure that Newcastle will want a massive deal for the midfielder, who has hardly looked keen to stay at Newcastle over the last three years and is certainly not a fan favorite.

Maybe it’s best to sell the 26 year-old,  who has a high opinion of his capabilities and was said to be surprised the transfer put on his head yesterday by Newcastle was only £35M.

Newcastle will only sell the French International at a massive price and Rafa will then have the time and the money to replace him this summer with somebody more committed to the great Newcastle United.

It’s being reported in the local press that Rafa is keen to show who’s in charge of which players will be leaving the club this summer.

And it’s not those players who want out or their agents – and they include both Moussa Sissoko and Dutch International Gini Wijnaldum.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Georginio Wijnaldum · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season · Transfer News and Rumours

93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SPRINGY // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    at least if he goes there it will be for good money….wonder if they have any good fringe players as part of the deal?

  • 2 scout // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Anyone interested Gayle is 8/1 to be top scorer with the bookies Ray Winstone advertises.
    The wheel barra is currently being loaded ready to unload.

  • 3 lesh // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM


    Jib’s in Spain and suddenly Sissoko’s reportedly on Real’s radar.


  • 4 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Ofcourse he doesn’t want to sell Sissoko. What’s the good of even 35 million, if all you can do with it is buy a bunch of lesser players who won’t be good enough to contribute should you reach your ultimate goal. But that’s relegation for you.

  • 5 nufc 11 // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Januzai from utd his replacement?

  • 6 scout // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    I want Sissoko to leave. 100% the man wears a sleeping bag as a vest, hes that lazy.

  • 7 tonetastic // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    I think the French blue strip would make great NUFC away strip!

  • 8 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Even keeping Sissoko and getting back, then selling him, would be preferable to selling now. At least then we’d be in the position to reinvest in a better quality replacement. If he does go, I’d even rather we stuck it in the bank rather than buy another hybrid epl/championship player, considering we have quite a few attacking mids as it is, although we’d then need a winger I guess, in which case you might as well have given Obertan a single years extension.

  • 9 manxpie // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    jimmy 35 mill could buy us 10 players of sisko’s quality
    his only quality is he can powerfully run with the ball aslong as theres no one in front of him
    35 million again will be the deal of the century

  • 10 Novocastrian66 // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Jimmy; he would have wanted to be away even if we managed to stay up. In fact his agent has already admitted he wanted to be away at the beginning of last season. Hence the zero commitment throughout the season. The sooner he is away the better.

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    I wish Madrid take him. He’ll soon be found out there and we would have already made a fortune out of him. They tend to spend big on players.

    I would rather we sold Sissoko for big money and kept Gini Wijnaldum. At least Gini scores goals and is technically superior.

  • 12 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Manx, more accurately 35 million buys one player of Sissoko’s quality, unless you jag one on the way up. Ibe for 15 and stick the twenty in the bank to reinvest once back, I could live with.

  • 13 manxpie // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    118 games 11 goals
    35 mill haha
    even 20 mill is unbelievable really
    surely gini should be worth 70-80 mill then as he scored that many in 1 season

  • 14 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    He wanted away after enduring the fiasco’s of McC, Carver and to some degree Pardew under Ashley’s misguided blueprint for failure.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    It’s how he performs when given the chance to succeed that counts.

  • 16 manxpie // Jul 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    hows that jimmy?
    35 mill could buy at least 3 far more productive players than sisko
    for instance townsend created and scored more than sisko has ever done in a season in half the games
    and he’s just gone for 13 mill
    redmond who i would have liked has just gone for 11 mill
    you obviously rate him but i can’t see how ya can back him up
    35 mill is a no brainer full stop

  • 17 Lindisfarne // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Can we swap Sissoko for Benteke?

  • 18 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    like when jimmy?
    here’s his career stats

    351 games 36 goals!!!!
    that shola and obertan material lol

  • 19 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    You can’t get a player of Townsends quality in the Championship.

  • 20 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Like now.

  • 21 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    at least janmaat looks like he’s having fun in the recent pics great pic

    plus nice new away kit the wonga isn’t so visable

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    I’ve seen many world class players play for Newcastle in poor teams over the years and one thing stood out above their obvious abilities. Their desire to succeed. They would always give their all for the cause.
    Sissoko does not have that inner desire. He is a poser, an imposter. He will be delighted to sit on the bench play 2 minutes a week, count his money and polish his ill gotten trinkets as well as his pathetic ego.

  • 23 Munster Mag // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Sell the deluded arrogant bastard. 25 mill is plenty. Just get him out. Im in dublin tomorrow so might nip over to carton house on way back home. See if any of our boys are around. Does that make me a saddo? 🙂

  • 24 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    I see Sissoko as a player with real attributes and also some flaws, but essentially very good, and see his value only as relative to the market. He was France’s best player in the the semi and final of the Euro’s and that is among the highest level of the game and is now quite rightly interesting the world’s leading clubs as a result. The criticism is better aimed at the club, which was never capable, until now, of using him to it’s greatest advantage. He understandably doesn’t fancy the Championship, and probably doesn’t hold the club in the greatest regard either, considering the farcical way it’s been run, for most of the past three years.

  • 25 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Great players like Shearer, Beardsley, Gazza who were gifted and also always put in are a rarity, and a rather unreasonable and unrealistic yardstick. Sissoko isn’t of the same calibre, but that doesn’t make him a dud.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Moanster – no not a saddo but a stalker.

  • 27 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    he wasn’t that great at the euros tho
    wat did he actually do?
    did a few runs with the ball and a couple of nice shots
    that’s it nothing else

  • 28 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    new kits are released on the nufc site btw
    i like them

  • 29 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    He ran his socks off, shut down players, won the ball, kept possession, made himself constantly available, and played to instruction, as well as the more eye catching stuff. Played splendidly.

  • 30 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    ran his socks off!! exactly the rest not so much
    can you say the same about his nufc career
    or is the club to blame for that too
    he’s an extremely inconsistant player which is why anything above 20 mill is brilliant business
    i’d rather have that money to buy players that want to be here and consistantly perform than his soppy mush thats dreaming of champions league

  • 31 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    He’s not dreaming of it, he’s actively pursuing it. Something the club patently hasn’t done in over a decade.

  • 32 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Did Sissoko make the decision not to buy a decent player for two seasons, or to put Carver in place for the final quarter of that period, and then to appoint McC? He is not above criticism, far from it, but the level of it, and the manner of it, strikes me as quite reactionary and unjustifiable.

  • 33 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    haha really? it seems ya more of a sisko fan than an nufc one
    its the players on the pitch which dictate the future of the club and he hasn’t performed for us as others haven’t
    but thats why we should bite anyones hand of that offers 20+ mill
    how can’t you see that?

  • 34 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    I’m a Newcastle fan, who thinks the club hasn’t done enough to succeed on the pitch over the last ten years, and so has let down it’s better players, not the other way round. I don’t “seem” to be anything else. It’s essentially been the jist of the great majority of my posts for years.

  • 35 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    i’m not absolving ashley from anything but we are talking about people who are payed millions to perform for 90 mins
    now i’ve seen players such as barton and nolan put proper shifts in every game and perform to their highest FOR the club and they aren’t in shearers or beardsley’s class
    but they certainly made up for it with performances and passion
    and consistantly

  • 36 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Both favourites of mine, but not at the same level as Sissoko who has over 40 caps for France and is approaching his prime. Sissoko doesn’t have the same bottle, although he has other attributes neither came near possessing, but the point I make is simply the club hasn’t done enough for him, and didn’t do enough for Barton and Nolan either.

    Hey, I’ve gotta go, but I’ve enjoyed this chance to at least tease out my point of view.

  • 37 manxpie // Jul 14, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    40 caps 1 goal!!!
    nolan should’ve been capped without doubt but the england set up is so shite he didn’t get one and that same set up continues unfortunately which is criminal
    nite jimmy but i still disagree lol

  • 38 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    haha, no worries, goodnight.

  • 39 Novocastrian66 // Jul 14, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Jimmy; Laurent Robert put in more effort than Sissoko and was more effective.

  • 40 Pizzicato The New Texas Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 3:01 AM

    Sissoko is certainly underperforming purposely. It’s not about what we do for him. It’s the opposite.

  • 41 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    Novo, perhaps, although I remember him being peripheral at times too, and in a better team, under a peerless manager, and with Alan Shearer getting on the end of his crosses, none of which Sissoko has had. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have at times run about a bit more, although that would have been more in the name of papering over cracks that were little to none of his doing. It also must be remembered that Sissoko came to us as a young man, and still is.

  • 42 Santon03 // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    Need to stop comparing Sisso with Pogba.
    Why 100 compare to 35 mil? Yes, Sisso was better in 1 or 2 matches in euro, 1 or 2 matches doesn’t make the valuation. Sisso was inconsistent in club level while Pogba is very consistent. Even Messi was Sh!t in national team, it doesn’t mean his valuation drop to 20mil.

  • 43 Ian Toon // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Tsunki- Yer right!. A point well illustrated by the PM.

    If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working-class boy, you are less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you are educated privately. If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you will find it harder than ever before to own your( NB) own home.

    Thanks Tsunki.

  • 44 Ian Toon // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    So Hanley signs today!

  • 45 Ian Toon // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Santon – Maybe it’s simply that Messi had a long hard enduring season and Sissoko didn’t !

  • 46 Ian Toon // Jul 14, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    Jinky Jimmy- The abiding memory of Moussa is the marauding and two goal debut against Chelsea. Not disimmilar in many ways from what we saw at the Euro’s- without the goals. I hope he stays. With the right motivation and management he could set the Championship alight.
    It’s all a question of his mindset. He has the sort of temperament that requires an occasional arm around the shoulder and having firstly bought into the Benitez programme.

  • 47 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:11 AM
    “defensa central” is the authentic barometer of RM fans feelings (it had a truly poisonous campaign against Rafa while he was in charge at the Bernabeu)

    They say that Sissoko’s Euro performance has put what would have been Kante’s inevitable transfer from Leicester on hold.

    While Kante is younger and cheaper – Sissoko is more versatile (their words not mine)

    If Zidane’s interest is genuine , Rafa will be loving it and could possibly squeeze a couple of Madrid’s decent young players (whom he knows better than most) out of Perez.

  • 48 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    Yeah Ian, I would prefer him to stay, simply because he’s certainly one of the 10 or so players we have that I think would actually be part of a top third epl squad should we have one in a few seasons. I don’t want to lose any of them, although we might have a surfeit of them in the attacking central mid position, and not just too few elsewhere.

  • 49 firebug666 // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    I think that’s a great idea, selling Sissoko to Real Madrid, what a way for Rafa to get some revenge……..That’ll teach em!

  • 50 G // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    I just cant get my head around a world where sissoko plays for Real?

  • 51 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    The one where he plays a central role in France almost and probably deservedly winning the Euro’s.

  • 52 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Would I be right in thinking around 95% of NUFC supporters now just want to see Sissoko sold asap? Take whatever money is on offer and get him out of the door. The longer it drags on the more of a distraction it has to be and it’s patently obvious he would only be staying (if he does) on the worst possible terms after all his posturing. Sissoko out.

  • 53 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    That puts Benitez in the 5%, unless you think he’s all about driving up the price.

  • 54 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Allardyce clear favourite for England job

  • 55 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Why not Van Gaal? Hugely accomplished, compared to the Englishmen in the frame. A part of me perversely would like Pardew to get it, just to see what would happen.

  • 56 Very Terry // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    @Jimmy Smith
    My biggest complaint about Sissoko are his cringeworthy “come and get me” pleas to “beautiful clubs” but generally I think your appraisal of his situation is spot on.
    Lots of fans criticize the club for, for example, employing Mc Claren and Carver but expect players like Sissoko to produce their best form week in week out, year in year out, whilst under the leadership of these chancers.

  • 57 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Fans are very fickle
    All it would take is a contrite grovelling statement from Moussa and a couple of good performances on the pitch and he would be forgiven.

  • 58 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Jib, that may be true. I just get the impression that the majority of fans now would be happy to see him go, take the money, move on.

  • 59 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    There are rumours David Moyes is being interviewed by the MACKEMS !

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Of course Benitez is forcing the price as high as he can. He will have been well aware of Sissoko’s desire to leave at the end of last season regardless of whether we stayed up or not. He gave him an opportunity to shine by laying him centrally, which woke once or twice and didn’t the rest of the time, he says he isn’t for sale, when we all know he is leaving.

    His agent has told us that an agreement was in place with the club to allow him to leave. After the season he had for us, there was little interest (other than West Brom’s enquiry), so he knew he had to put a good display in somewhere at the Euro’s. Saved it for the last 2 games, the biggest shop window of the event – no different from when he did well for us. Now those performances are forcing the price up, he is gutted because both he and his agent know nobody will spend £35million on him.

    As for all these alleged interested clubs, I’ll wait until one actually makes a firm bid for the player. If we went on alleged interest in the media, then almost every club is actively trying to sign over 100 players a summer.

  • 61 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    *playing him centrally
    *worked once or twice

  • 62 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Well Sissoko is perhaps not the ideal employee, but surely Ashley has been by far a worse employer, and at 26, and us relegated, he’s not likely to play Champions League if he stays. If an appropriate offer comes in, you could hardly turn it down, as much for the clubs the player, but I’m more inclined to blame the owner than the player should we lose another good one.

  • 63 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    When the Scotsman managed the 2nd best club on Merseyside Rafa managed the best.
    History could be repeating itself in the North East

  • 64 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Lil, you think Benitez wants him gone?

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    I think he expects him not to stay, and all his talk is an attempt to squeeze as much as he can for him.

  • 66 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Lilo, I think Rafa’s stance is as much about him wanting to let all and sundry know that Sissoko will only be sold when and if it suits him (Rafa that is). I see it as a statement to players and agents that they don’t get to call the shots in his world.

  • 67 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Yes, but do you believe him when he says he would like him to stay and captain the side and take us back up.

  • 68 Jib // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Sissoko’s international future could be in doubt despite his good showing in the Final.
    If Deschamps is forced to fall on his sword (he has received a lot of criticism in the French media) Moussa could be a peripheral casualty.

  • 69 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    jimmysmith – I guess he has to say something to justify the position he is outwardly taking, but like Lilo I don’t believe he really thinks he’ll stay.

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    No. I doubt he would be captain if he stayed. I’m not even convinced he would be a regular starter if Gini also stayed. Don’t see where he fits in ahead of Gini, and an actual winger is far more effective out right as Townsend proved so Ritchie should have that role.

  • 71 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Yeah, maybe, I think he likes him, for good reason, and does want him to stay, but recognises he’ll be tough to keep now, and so is driving up the price, which after all is in his interests.

  • 72 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Lil, he picked him centrally ahead of Widjnaldum, and stripped Shelvey of the captaincy in preference to Widjnaldum, which suggests he rates him more highly. I do think though that selling Sissoko does allow Widjnaldum to play in his preferred position. That I’m sure will have entered Benitez’ thinking.

  • 73 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Actually it’s massively interesting that he did move him into a more central position and dropped Widjnaldum, particularly considering he can play wider very well and Widjnaldum not so much, and Widjnaldum is a very good player, albeit at home rather than away for us in his first season.

  • 74 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Yeah, Sissoko couldn’t replace Shelvey though in the 11, and Gini is far superior to Moussa. Gini was out of position last year, in the same poor side, and out performed Moussa in the side all year (even when not performing). Again, Rafa was trying to put Moussa in the shop window in my opinion, and other tun Spurs, and possibly City, Moussa hardly excelled under Rafa.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    So he was putting him in the shop window at the risk of relegation? Bit of a stretch, quite a stretch.

    He did replace Shelvey, as Captain, and in the 11. Took his place lock, stock and barrel.

    And Ginai is far superior to Sissoko, and Benitez was just trying to sell to sell Sissoko, and so marginalised him. Is that it ?

  • 76 Ron Knee // Jul 14, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    When asked if there will be any more additions to come, Benitez said: “We’re working hard behind the scenes to bring more players.

    “As I have said before we are close to some of them, hopefully we can do it.

    “We have to be open to offers if somebody is interested.

    “We don’t want to sell but if somebody comes we have to make sure we do the right things for the club.”

  • 77 Munster Mag // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Moyes wud be a superb appt for the makems and he would grab it too.

  • 78 welshgeordie9 // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Scott Sinclair of Aston Villa is the latest player we are being linked with.

  • 79 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    He would have been a good appointment for us, rather than McC, before this act of God. The Mackems couldn’t realistically hope for better.

  • 80 Munster Mag // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Jimmy, sissoko is inconsistent and wants to play for a top club. We have never been a top club consistently. He has serious flaws in his game and wasnt consistent under rafa either. At what point will u accept that players have a responsibility for their own flaws and their own performance? Sell.

  • 81 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    I accept he has flaws, but is still arguably our best player.

  • 82 welshgeordie9 // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Last time he played in the championship was with the mighty swans, it was his goals that got Swans to the play offs and in the final to get promoted to premier league, gone down hill since he left but he has got the ability, he would do well again in the championship.

  • 83 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Sell the whole f@cken lot of them then. They are all flawed, as are all of us.

  • 84 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Players do not have sole responsibility for their own performance by any means. They rely on their team mates and need to be well managed.

  • 85 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    He left out our better striker Mitro for a poorer but more experienced Cisse. Maybe he was banking on the greater Prem experience of Sissoko over Gini?

    Tiote replaced Shelvey in the side. Moussa wasn’t playing in the deeper midfield roles.

  • 86 hibbitt // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:22 AM


    might be time for a lie down think the tinnies have caught up with you

    chill mate its only a blog not worth high blood pressure

  • 87 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Lil, with all due respect there’s little to suggest Rafa doesn’t rate Sissoko most highly among our players. He changed the system to bring in two defensive mids, of which Shelvey isn’t, and played Sissoko centrally in his place and took the captaincy of him to give to him.

  • 88 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Hobbit, not so, just see this as an opportunity to point out that a gut reaction might not be the best one.

  • 89 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Hibbitt, sorry, auto correct.

  • 90 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    He didn’t change the system, the system stayed the same with Shelvey dropping out of the deeper 2 to be replaced by Tiote with Colback. The system still remained 4231, as it had been all season.

    Sissoko captained 4 games of Rafa’s 10.

  • 91 expatmag // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:40 AM


    He should be sold and if ut rook till the last day of the window, so be it

  • 92 SPRINGY // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    morning all
    i quite like the idea of bringing sinclair in, providing the price is decent,he’s a left winger which we are a little shy of, and although he’s not been pulling up tree’s the last few years, he was a good player at this level…for 2-3m could do a job for us.

  • 93 jimmysmith // Jul 14, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    “So be it”, Jesus!

    Lil. He did change the system. Shelvey did not function as a holding mid. He settled on partnering Tiote with Colback, both holding, and played Sissoko centrally as an attacking mid, and his captain.

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