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Should Rafa Sell Moussa Sissoko – Poll

1:01 pm, Sunday, August 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 122 Comments

We are trying to get a handle on how fans think about Moussa Sissoko – let us know what you think Rafa should do with him.

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122 responses so far ↓

  • 1 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    This guy is seriously doing my swede in.

  • 2 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    So some fans are already doubting Rafa, three words,


    So who would you have to replace him then, before i start laughing i would love to know, can’t wait to read the names that you put, must be better than him, not.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    bit disingenuous there ed. i think you know exactly how the fans feel

  • 4 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    30mill + or keep him imo

    Like him or not he’d of made a difference at Fulham

  • 5 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM


    We could have bought Bony a couple of years ago!

  • 6 Cyrus Varten // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Oh, yes. Get him out immediately. The little shit is pure poison.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Ron Knee

    Should get him now, he’s wasted at Man City.

  • 8 beautifulmind // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Of course we should keep him. As a fan I don’t care about the risk of the club losing money if we keep him. If we want to get out of the league then quality players will ensure that. If we sell them then we level the playing field as seen at Fulham when they were missing and the likes of hayden and Hanley were brought in. It’s a simple decision as a fan!

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    difference or not, he needs to go otherwise he’s going to disrupt the team.

  • 10 hibbitt // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:25 PM


    type of player we need without a doubt
    but would he come
    step down for him
    i doubt he would be interested

  • 11 Average_Contents // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Jimmy voted 106 times lol. Well done.

  • 12 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    I’d sign Defoe. Might get slated for saying that but he’s the type that can nick us a goal at any time

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    If he was played for Man Utd years ago under fergie with that attitude, fergie would have booted him out, like he did with so many players who thought they were bigger than the cub.

  • 14 hibbitt // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM


    forget the money
    he’s just to much of a risk not even that good most weeks he can’t be arsed and shows it

  • 15 Toon Tang // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    We should just accept the fiver and be done with.

    He’s like one of them really heavy sewage farts ya wife cranks out in bed.

    The linger is real man

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM


    If Benitez was interested, he would get him.

  • 17 chuck // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Possibly the best signing since Shearer, but there are a lotta morons that are pissed about him not wanting to play for the club and probably wouldn’t recognise quality if they saw it.

    C’mon folks it’s a short career give the guy a break, he owes us nothing especially a year in the second tier, with a questionable side.

    He was our best player last season and deserves better.

  • 18 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    You’d keep him if you thought you’d regularly see him at his best, but who thinks that would happen? If he looked uninterested last season, imagine him in the Championship. It must have surely reached the point of no return now with Sissoko, both figuratively and literally speaking.

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM


    He’s one player i would go for, saved his team last season, very good finisher.

  • 20 Toonmania // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    I never want to see that man put a Newcastle shirt on ever again, most ungrateful tosser to even grace the shirt.
    Hate him and if a deal doesn’t happen I hope he rots in the reserves

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:34 PM


    He’s the type of striker that can score from nothing and that’s what we need because it ain’t gonna be easy as we saw Friday night

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:36 PM


    How many times did he play well last season and how many goals did he score.

    And he expects the likes of Real Madrid, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool to come in for him, don’t think so somehow.

  • 23 Geordiedownunder // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    As far as I’m concerned, he should stay….. At least until January. One school of thought says “he got us into the mess, so he can help get us out” my reasoning? If nobody bids what Rafa wants, he stays…. Now, if he wants his “dream club” (whichever one it is at Christmas!) to come and get him, he’s surely got to repeat the form he showed in the Euros, if he stays and sulks on the bench…. Who would want him. It’s a win/win for us I think.

  • 24 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Goal for AC.

  • 25 matias // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Rafa want to keep him. I trust Rafa. Sissoko would become more consistent under Rafa. We seriously lacked players who can make a difference at Fulham. Rafa has already lost 2 players he would have loved to keep in Gini and Townsend. And that`s after all the talk we don?t need to sell anyone. If we lose Sissko too our first 11 gets worryingly inferior to the one that ended last season so brilliantly.

  • 26 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Jimmy knows what he’s talking about- experience and football knowledge par excellence!
    He said a month ago what some others are just realising.

  • 27 Moonraker15 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I couldn’t agree more re Rafa and the doubters. Rafa is probably our only hope of getting promoted not only because of his ability but the fact he is really running the club ! If he left we would revert back to last seasons regime. But Rafa has to get a guaranteed goalscorer in and I’m sure he knows that what he’s got isn’t enough! If we can see it then you know Rafa can but he has the Sissoko sh*t to sort and I think it’s waiting for the Pogba money and he’ll go to Juve!

  • 28 Toon Tang // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Welsh, I was considering replying to chuck myself mate, but thought better of it as he’s clearly on ye olde ‘wind up’

    Let him crack on eh.

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    It’s going to be tough this season, really strong teams that on their day anyone could finish top 3, panel Friday night said this is probably the strongest league ever in terms of managers.

    Di Matteo

  • 30 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Why wouldn’t Sissoko become more consistent under Rafa if other players are expected to?

  • 31 FollowFollow // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    £22m tomorrow. At this stage in August the price goes up a million a day.

  • 32 giimps // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    I think Rafa will sort the defence 1st then work on the attack, if you don’t concede you don’t lose.
    Once we get a couple of clean sheets under our belts and everyone is on the same pAge at the back he will work on the best attacking options vs each team depending on their strengths and weaknesses .
    It’s very early days and he probably hasn’t even Sussed his best 11 never mind tweaking to gain an advantage vs each specific opponent.
    There’s a long way to go , Rafa is good but to expect every player to forge relationships with each other and to read what each other are going to do is a little bit naive .
    A little time is all it will take for the defence to be coached and drilled, then and only then can we expect the attacking element of the team to be structured and seamless ,I think by mid September the team will be firing on all cylinders , with the new players bedded in and everyone on the same page.
    Don’t get me wrong, I think we will win a few games before then but maybe through an act of brilliance ( like Fraudew used to rely on) after that , our creativity and overall gameplay will be coached into them and we will reap the rewards of the Rafalution. IMHO. HWTL. HWTF

  • 33 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    “So what can we expect from Newcastle this week?
    United are hoping to bring in a striker and a winger – and it’s emerged that they’re looking for a left-back. Brendan Galloway of Everton is one name being mentioned at St James’ Park.

    Striker-wise, Newcastle hope to do something in the next seven days with an eye on back-to-back fixtures against Huddersfield and Reading. United are looking for an experienced option.

    Some more dead wood could be cleared. Interest has been expressed in Manu Riviere while it also appears that Sammy Ameobi has been told to find a new club. He has not been given a squad number.

    Mo Diame should start against Huddersfield.”

    Fingers crossed!

  • 34 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    We need more creativity and pace in the side. Hope Rafa has in mind names previously mentioned for LB, LW/LM and ST with proven goal scoring record. 4-3-3 , drop Anita who lacks artistry, pace range of passing and play Richie on the right where he is most threatening. Hayden Shelvey and Diame to run midfield for forthcoming games and until further signings made.

  • 35 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    AC scoring from a follow up of his powerful header against Juve. Had a very good pre-season. Looking fit and sharp again. Seems to be growing in status there, so unless they go and splash on a ST or 2, can’t see them willing to sell what looks like their main man now 🙁

  • 36 Belfats // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Time to go

  • 37 Pat On The Heed // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Why stir up mob feeling over Sissoko every 5 mins? It’s like Farage and brexit all over again. He wants to go, we’re preparing for life without him. Move on.

  • 38 toon kk // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    People are voting for Sissoko to go, why? He may not have played to his full potential last season, neither did every other squad member. The money will be more important to the club along with sissoko’s ego.
    But tbh we need him.

  • 39 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Heavy presence today Ian. I’d up the dose.

  • 40 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Whatever the quality or perceived value, keeping a player with such ambitions in the second tier just won’t work. it’s a no brainer. Which is why a few seem to be struggling with it ha ha.

  • 41 Pat On The Heed // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    His goal record is woeful but he is an influential player who drives the team on a good day. On your way if you’re not committed, no hard feelings, let’s move on.

    It’s very unusual to win any league without a free scoring forward. The Rafa effect and all the tactics in the world won’t mean promotion without a reliable finisher on the books. We don’t have one, and assuming that by dropping a level, the streaky players we do have will suddenly become consistent is a gamble.

  • 42 Hail Wor Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Ugh, Carroll scores a 2nd, another dominant header flattening 2 in his path…..

  • 43 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Well you aren’t going to get 30 million for him. I would offer him around for 20 million right now, hope someone takes the bait and reinvest the money.

    And hopefully never have to talk about him again.

  • 44 toon kk // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    We were relegated not just because of our shoddy defence but for me absolutely no cutting edge in front of goal. This needs to be addressed or it will be a case of de ga vue this season.

  • 45 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Aye he definitely doesn’t come across as a good professional who’ll just knuckle down and get on with it if he doesn’t get his move.

    I would expect some dirty tricks from his entourage if he’s still here with a week to go.

  • 46 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    So far this morning on here I’ve read one person saying that Sissoko was our best player last season (everyone is welcome to their own opinion obviously, but I’d love to see the stats to back that claim up) and another person saying that our player should have just grabbed the ball and put it on the penalty spot after their handball in the area (thereby getting our player booked for picking up the ball while it’s still in play – the ref didn’t blow his whistle).

    It amuses me to see people coming out with this stuff. The person who said that Sissoko was our best player even said anyone wanting him out of the club was being childish. Hilarious!

  • 47 LGFUAD21 // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Hope the Mitro rumours aren’t true.

    I think it’d be crazy selling him. He didn’t do badly in a very U creative team at such a young age in a tough league.

    We need more like him as I do feel perez and gayle are not capable of leading the line.

    Thing is, I am clueless as to who we can get as a striker. McCormack was overpriced but that was for good reason. He’s easily the best in the league.

  • 48 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    I’d have Sissoko as our best player, has been since he signed for us

  • 49 Budge123 // Aug 7, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    I’m amazed at the number of posters who seem to think Sissoko will try harder and be committed if he stays? All he’s ever wanted to do since the day he came was leave to whatever club seemed interested at that time.
    He’s a cancer that needs cutting out of our club.
    Get 10p for him I’m not arsed just get rid as quick as we can and move on.

  • 50 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    He is what is left of the old running of the club. Promising them better things and use us as a stepping stone. Add Janmaat to that aswell. We can’t complain about them whining if they do because this is how the club managed to get them into the club to begin with. But even so, it is very very annoying to witness the lack of respect being shown. Wijnaldum would of did the same if his move wasn’t sorted so quickly.

    I expect both to go and Tiote wants one last big pay day I think.

  • 51 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    A cancer? Give over man

  • 52 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I’m not being funny but this saga is getting fcuking boring now. He goes then fine, he stays fine. No matter what happens people are going to be pissed with him.

  • 53 Budge123 // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    That’s what he is. Something that eats away from within and harms the body that is hosting it. In this case the club . he cares not one jot about owt but himself.
    At least gini went quietly keeping stum. Sissoko doesn’t care what trouble he causes.

  • 54 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    In the meantime he ought to have some fcuking respect for the club that he’s contracted too and keep his gob shut!

  • 55 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Must drop list:

    BTW, selz looked shakey

    I dont agree with the critics on hayden. I thought he played ok. He basically had to do the roll of 3 players as anita and colbak were worthless.

    gamez—mbmemba– lac– mababu or new lb
    Ritchie-Perez- Aarons

    i would also do hayeden for perez and swap his position with shelvy

  • 56 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Trouble he’s caused? Rafa is happy with him and wants him to stay

  • 57 Budge123 // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Rafa is only saying that to keep his price high. He can hardly say he wants rid and expect to drive a good deal can he!

  • 58 lesh // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Maybe fans who are deriding should think before doing so. Maybe they should think about what drew him to sign up when we were relegated – what was it?

    If the warmth he felt from the fans persuaded him to stay, then equally any derision could easily drive Rafa out. Think hard and think of the alternatives.

    Get a grip and grow up. The man’s bought into a shambles of a club stocked with players who are/ were overpaid, not up to the English game or just downright mercenaries. Rafa is Newcastle United’s key to avoiding the depths of the lower leagues.

  • 59 lesh // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    * …. deriding Rafa should…..

  • 60 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    That ur opinion mate no proof though, same with him causing trouble

  • 61 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    WWSBRD – that’s fair enough, we all have differing opinions. You’re probably thinking about me what I’m thinking about you, which is – has he been watching the same player as me?

  • 62 Munster Mag // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Jail to be fair i didnt question rafa after leicester but i did think he was too conservative in the 6 pointers and i also expressed same pre fulham. Turns out i was correct. I like rafa loads but its a sad day when genuine fans cant doubt a managers tactics for fear of being branded a heretic. The new season has allowed some proper nufc and rafa discussions not the sort of rafa obsession that was going on in the summer.

  • 63 Budge123 // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    None of us have proof wws that’s the beauty of opinion and blog debates like these.


  • 64 Belfats // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Aye he definitely doesn’t come across as a good professional who’ll just knuckle down and get on with it if he doesn’t get his move.

    I would expect some dirty tricks from his entourage if he’s still here with a week to go.

  • 65 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    WWSBRD – Sissoko is causing trouble though, isn’t he? By doing these interviews and openly saying he wants to go to specific teams (Real Madrid, Arsenal, etc.) he’s not doing himself any favours with the club or supporters. He’s the only player at the club doing this.

    Sure, he has every right to want to leave, I hope he gets his wish, but just have a bit of respect and dignity. He should just keep quiet and let his agent sort things out between Newcastle and any potential buyers. Other players probably have their agents doing the same thing but they keep their gobs shut and get on with training and playing for the club.

    How do you think his teammates feel with him mouthing off about wanting to be at a better team? It amounts to saying ‘I’m too good to be here and I’m better than you.’

  • 66 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    I can see why people don’t rate him because of some of his performances but his ability is beyond that of everyone else in the squad (maybe Ritchie and Shelvey aside) imo

    Gini I never understood people’s opinion he was a ghost

  • 67 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    You’re right. The midfield is already weakened by the departure of Townsend and Wijnaldum. Sissoko and Raf clearly have a mutual respect and the team will be a lot stronger if he stays.

  • 68 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    But a ghost who scored goals that need to be replaced.

  • 69 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    When I said just agree with everything I say,I didn’t mean copy me word for word.

    I agree with Belfast will do just fine.


  • 70 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    There’s no need to panic or criticising rafas tactics. It’s not his fault the referee was un undercover Fulham fan, who decided to close his eyes, at a blatant handball in the box. This one factor alone would have changed the whole game. Even if we drew 1-1 it wouldn’t have been as bad a result.

  • 71 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Respect and dignity!? Rafa should be the judge of that and the influence on the team. He’s used to dealing with talented types.

  • 72 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Calling someone a cancer with no proof is I’ve the top imo

    I don’t really consider that trouble making tbh that’s just the sport these days. As for his teammates I don’t think they will particularly care that much. They all have short careers and need to make the most of it

  • 73 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    I agree on Sissoko, I won’t be gutted if he leaves and is replaced but I won’t be pushing him out the door like some are

    Gini needs replacing but isn’t that Diame?

  • 74 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    He definitely has the ability, I’m not contesting that fact, but ability is nothing if you don’t have the drive and focus to go with it. Look at the likes of Ben Arfa, Ravel Morrison, etc. Talent in abundance but too lazy to perform for 90 minutes in the majority of games.

    And we’ll just have to agree to disagree on Sissoko’s constant interviews being a form of troublemaking and disruption.

  • 75 lesh // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:48 PM


    Sissoko’s utterances can’t be doing any good in the dressing room. His constant running down of the club which is paying his wages will have an effect on his colleagues either provoking resentment towards him or casting seeds of doubt in their minds.

    Could he have been the bad apple that Carver referred to?

    The sooner the tw@’s gone, the better!

  • 76 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    I believe diame is sissoko ready made replacement. Even if sissoko doesn’t leave, his punishment will be one season in the championship.

    One more point is nobody is going to buy sissoko. If all these big teams wanted him the way he claims, he’s be away by now. Just look at wijnaldum. 35 million is way to much for sissoko.

  • 77 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Jack Root – yes, respect and dignity. It’s his job to play football. It’s his agent’s job to find him another club. He should just leave him to get on with it. If he’s asked about it in an interview just say I’d rather not discuss that right now, or the classic ‘no comment’. Talk about your football and time at the Euros, stay clear of transfer talk. It’s easy to do, but he’s stirring the pot on purpose which is putting him in a bad light.

  • 78 toon kk // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Tbf most fans have got a reality check on Friday night. Us running away with the league will NEVER happen, not in a million years ffs. 100+ points? Give thee heeds a shake.
    While I expect us to have a decent season, automatic promotion I’m not so sure.
    Expect a long hard season.

  • 79 Budge123 // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Perhaps it’s his attitude and perception of his media comments that are the reasons he is yet to achieve his dream move. Perhaps all of these ‘bigger ‘ clubs are thinking thanks but no thanks as a result. I no proof of that obviously before its pointed out. 🙂

    Fact is he could rarely be arsed in the premiership god knows what he will be like if forced to stay and play in Championship.

  • 80 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Aye agree to disagree mate but I will defend him when people are slating him haha (I don’t even like him tbh but he’s a good player)

    If any player in our squad doesn’t think they are better than the Championship they don’t deserve to be at NUFC imo. The club has done more running itself down than Sissoko has in recent years and that’s all Moussa has ever seen so why expect more from him, he’s probably not the sharpest

    As for teammates resenting him…am not that fussed as long as they can play well together and I have faith Rafa will decide if that’s the case of not

  • 81 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Or was he poorly managed for his entire Newcastle career so far?

  • 82 Slank // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:56 PM


    I do agree with you that Rafa is almost certainly the best thing that has happened to the club in yonks.

    However, he shouldn’t be exempt from constructive criticism. I blamed him for not having players on the posts. But he is only a manager, albeit a very good one, not a miracle worker.

    Much of the hysteria immediately after the defeat at Fulham was uncalled for but typical of our club and to be fair most other clubs.

    I wonder whether the view from so many fans supported by pundits and bookies that promotion is a foregone conclusion is weighing heavily on the players. The defeat at Fulham may have been a blessing in disguise that this league isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

    I have no doubt that Rafa will turn the team around but it’s going to be a slog. The fans need to get back to supporting their manager and the players because if not a corrosive atmosphere that had evaporated will return which rarely, if ever, produce positive results.

  • 83 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    On his move away once Pogba money hits Juves bank the transfer market will open up for midfield moves. Won’t be shocked at a 30 mill move before our next match

  • 84 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 7, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Give rafa time, the more he learns about the championship, he will get the balance in the team right.

  • 85 NUFCPaul // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    I just wish they’d stripped him of the #7 shirt and given him #40 or something instead. Doesn’t make any difference if he’s off anyway, does it? Give it to Diame as a slap back in the face. Sure, it’s tit for tat, but it’s also a clear message to say ‘keep your gob shut mate’.

  • 86 lochinvar // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    What happens if Stoke cough up £35m for Sissoko or West Brom or Hull ? What say you know Moussa ?

  • 87 Jack Root // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    It’s football and leave it to Rafa. You’re in a goldfish bowl. The press are always looking for a story and he’s an easy target. If he were to decide to stay I would be delighted and so would Rafa. It’s nothing new.

  • 88 Slank // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    With regard to Sissoko I remember reading that McClaren had said he was a true professional and never caused any trouble. I understand that Rafa thinks the same.

    May be its a French thing to express in public the desire to leave a club. It wasn’t too long ago that Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Debussy made noises that they wanted to leave their respective clubs and join Newcastle. I can’t recall many Toon fans being critical of their actions.

    If he wants to leave that’s fine. I doubt he will upset the team as its a desire that all footballers understand. All the club wants is good money.

  • 89 lochinvar // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Put Sissokos price up to £100m and then put him on a play and pay deal so that if he contributes to 50 good wins then his price comes down £1m per win to any point that another club pays the price at the time of asking

  • 90 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I predicted a 2nd place promotion finish, but I also thought we’d be more likely playoff material. We might be rethinking at Xmas and getting used to the prospect of rubbing shoulders for a few terms with the championship boys. Hopefully not though, I expect Ashley to get the jitters and buy us out of trouble come the winter window if we are still struggling.

  • 91 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Still struggling? When did we start struggling?

  • 92 dazza // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Absolutely not. Why sell our best three players?

    Ritchie – Shelvey – Diame – Hayden – Sissoko

    We need some size in our team. Power and pace. This team walks the league


    Aarons – Colback – Perez – Hayden – Anita

  • 93 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    I think the trouble started with the full back when Wenger criticised his piano piece “Claire de Lune”

  • 94 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Yo- not saying we have started struggling, just what I’ve always thought, it will be a rocky Road from the off. I couldn’t see how the players bought and the wholesale changes made would instantly create a cohesive unit. I’m just saying that if things aren’t gelling by then, even at that point Ashley could stump up the necessary to bolster key positions that aren’t delivering. There are a few players on the books I can see contributing to a lacklustre table position if they aren’t dropped out soon.

  • 95 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Hayden would appear to have a foot in each camp

  • 96 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    I didn’t know if the Debussy thing was a joke or not ha ha.

  • 97 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    it’s alright having the talent, it’s another thing to get them to play, and yet another on top to play together.

    I personally think Shelvey has an identical twin, for example

  • 98 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Ah right haha thought ud hit the panic button a bit early there after 1 game, should of given u more credit sorry

    I personally think we will of hammered the league once it’s all said and done

  • 99 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    not sure if it was mentioned but anyone see the VERY different starts for hba and saylor???

  • 100 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    You – No I have been as disdainful as any who have cried despair after one game. I’m not too keen on those who are getting their anti-Benitez votes placed early when we’ve hardly even started.

  • 101 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    I mean You, Yo 🙂

  • 102 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Honestly mate I came on here during the Fulham game and it was embarrassing and hilarious is equal amounts

  • 103 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Aye that thread will be a chuckle to refer to in a few months time I think 🙂

    Taco- poor old Taylor! it’s inevitable that og’s are part of a defenders life, but he seemed all to keen to get off the mark ha ha. And HBA? He’s that non-back-tracking idle luxury with a bad attitude that even a respectable coach like Pardew couldn’t fit into his team?

  • 104 lukes26 // Aug 7, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    There’s 45 games left…so one game matters very little

    Can you imagine what fans would say if Pardew had selected a midfield of Anita , colback, hayden. three defensive players

    rafa’s a good manager obviously…but i get the sense that he’s still gauging player’s abilities. friday’s game just struck me as naive in some ways

  • 105 Oleg G // Aug 7, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    I have my own poll on Sissoko, with much more interesting answers 🙂

    Check it out and vote please!

  • 106 Munster Mag // Aug 7, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Lukes26, Slank etc…..thou shalt not question rafa or say something negative re his tactics, team choice etc.

  • 107 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    SV Hamburg interested in Manu Riviere

  • 108 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:13 PM

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  • 110 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Villa losing 1-0 Forestieri with the goal

  • 111 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Well done Sheff Wed – stuck at it – got the reward.

  • 112 Our Toon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    If sissoko wanting away has a detrimental affect on players at the club then they aren’t cut out for us, like it or not sissoko thinks he’s too good for us and doesn’t wanna play in the championship which is fair enough. If someone stumps up the cash no doubt he’ll go.

    I think those that are bitter with sissoko’s constant come and get me pleas should just remain slight and hope he stays because the midfield showed on Friday that he is very much needed.

  • 113 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Wednesday are all over them now

  • 114 lukes26 // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM


    I know the blog rules…good things about rafa, bad things about sissoko & everyone’s happy

  • 115 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Sheff Wed 1-0 Villa final score!

  • 116 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Would love us to sign Forestieri. He was class today

  • 117 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Sheffield Wednesday are a good side like. That’ll be a tough place to go.

  • 118 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:35 PM
    I offer this only because it has every word of Sissoko’s interview without any editing

  • 119 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    I love going to Hillsborough
    The beer in Sheffield is lush
    They still have pork shops as well 🙂

  • 120 Ian Toon // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Thought like us Villa lost because of a defensive mistake. Shows how important it is for us to get a proven goalscorer. Foresteri showed his class with a cool finish.

    Not a lot of goals from so called favoured teams this Weekend. The next couple of signings have got to be capable of making a difference offensively somewhat like those we’ve sold and are likely to sell. Janmaat is going to be a class act in tandem with Ritchie. We just need to buy Knockaert to be a threat down the left side and along with Robertson from Hull.

  • 121 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    I wouldn’t disagree with that Buster!

    It looked like McCormack damaged his hamstring before he went off. That’ll be a blow for them.

  • 122 Ian Toon // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Yeah right. How’s it going mate? Am I talking to the right Buster Belfast? What’s all that about? The price of being a blog legend!

    Have to say I was not overly surprised by our flat performance and had said it would take time to gel . It’s a hell of a long haul and we need the sort of balance Rafa mentioned in his broadcast to the Geordie nation. This is not the best place to have to face those who only ever see black or white and no shades of grey.

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