What we lacked last night at Craven Cottage in the attack was physical power and with Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle both struggling to have any impact up front.
What we needed was an in-form Moussa Sissoko powering down that right wing and getting those crosses in.
And the poor performance last night and the lack of physical presence up front may well have Rafa Benitez think twice about letting Moussa go for anything less than £35M in cool cash this summer.
Moussa Sissoko and Rafa Benitez
It’s not the result or the performance we all wanted to see last night, but it’s only one game and we have enough confidence in Rafa that he will quickly learn from this and turn things around.
And we have some experienced players like Ciaran Clark, Jesus Gamez and Mohamed Diame who can come into the side.
But it was worrying that too many of our players simply didn’t turn up – and we looked tentative for most of the game – too much like what happened last season.
Hopefully, this is just an aberration and not a reflection of what will happen this season – if it isn’t it’s going to be another very long and disappointing season for Newcastle United – that’s for sure.
That simply cannot happen.
This is what Rafa said about Sissoko after the game:
“Moussa was not match fit, because he came on Monday.”
“We don’t have to sell him. Sissoko will be better next weekend, he will train tomorrow and during the week. We will see how he is.”
Rafa even says there we don’t have to sell Moussa and he will be thinking he needs to keep him if we are to really challenge at the top of the league like we all expected would happen this season.
It will depend on how much interest there is in Sissoko in the coming week, but if there are no firm offers, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Moussa sees some action against Huddersfield next Saturday, maybe off the bench.
What do you think?