Newcastle Defeat Could Be Bad News For Wantaway Star

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Janmaat lascalles mbemba jesus
    Rithchie Diame sissoko shelvey perez

  • JDdubai

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Always though to play with a small CF on his own, you need a top no10 playmaker type. Someone who controls it in one touch, turns and can choose the right pass instantly to put the little guy in.

    Not many of those around tho, espec not in our league. Perez I dont think has the passing ability of brian just yet to handle that. Not many teams do this actually, can only really think of Silva behind Aguero as the prime example.

    Also cant remember any team who got promoted from the championship playing like this, almost always they need to have strength and an aerial option up front. A similar backup to Mitro wouldnt be a bad option condiering how many games he will doubtless miss. Added to that Ritchie is one of the best crossers in the league, its wasted when he only has Gayle or Perez to aim for.

    This is why I thought Mitro would have gotten the 9 shirt as we need him in the starting lineup. Add to that that Rafa normally only plays with 1 up front, I couldnt see how Gayle would be first choice – dont see him playing behind Mitro, maybe wide left? Cant see newcastle’ no9 playing wide left though.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, good news on your medical front. Pleased all is still well for you.
    Not sure getting crosses in is the right thing until Mitro returns though. We need to play to our strengths and that means working the channels for our pacy strikers to run on to. The right through ball delivered at the right time will bring the goals. If you don’t have height in the middle it needs to passed through. If the defence counters that by trying to sit deep, the midfield need to take shots from just outside the box. Hopefully Diame will provide both options, as he can pick a pass and shoot. As for Moussa, i’m still not sure he’ll be here, but whilst he is, we’d be mad not to play him. Yes, he’s a total plonka in his head, but his runs could be the answer. Personally I’d push the boat out for Knockaert and spend the ten million it takes to bring him in, rather than rely on Sissoko, who will move on given half a chance. If Rafa thinks his head is in the right place though, I expect him to play him until his move is complete as he rates him higher than we do right now.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4


    It was reported that MITRO did not want the No9. shirt.

    RAFA needs to buy another forward – big and strong/target man.
    i.e. like Carroll the last time we were in the championship – might not of scored a lot of goals but he bossed,bullied the opposition defences.

    Their goalscorer bossed our defenders yesterday and scored a good goal, poor marking though

    Mito most likely would do the job – but how many games will he miss.

  • Goofy

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Some of the comments last night were shocking. After 1 game it’s all over! There seems to be lot of bipolar bloggers on here.

    We looked a little lightweight and Fulham took advantage. I can’t blame Gayle or Perez for not creating any chances because they had no service.

    Hanley did look slow and lost, Dummett doesn’t fill me with any Confidence at LB and Colback should be dropped to the reserves. All the rest have composure and skills just need a bit of steel. There are still some solid guys to be mixed into the fold and the window isn’t shut yet.

    We have 2 home games next, a couple of wins and Fulham will be forgotten about.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah I expect Rafa will need to be reassured by the players that they are good enough before he’d sell either one of Tiote and Sissoko, who he knows are good enough. I’d be surprised if they are sold before the final week of the window. We really do need go up.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 6, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes it’s all well and good saying Sissoko will add some weight and aggression to the team (and after last night how much is it needed?) but a player who doesn’t really give a toss about the club and who thinks he is miles better than he actually is will be as much use as a chocolate fireplace if he is forced to play in this team. Far rather get rid now and use the money to buy a similar type of player with a better attitude plus, of course, a strong, bullying type centre forward who is mobile and can head a ball.
    Rafa has to get this right, and soon, or it’s going to be a long hard winter.
    PS Ditching Dummett and Colback would be a good start!

  • ArtyH

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Simple remedy for the Sissoko situation is tell all interested parties he is under contract until 2020 and is now an integral part of the team to gain promotion, and on the first game of the season it is plain to see how vital he is. With this in mind we are looking to keep Sissoko as a vital match winner in the team and if anyone enquires about his availability he is not for sale unless we have a firm bid of over £50m, we view him that importantly to our own promotion push. Job done. Much as I hate to admit it, but he would have changed the game for us last night 🙁


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