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Moussa Sissoko Is Now On Dangerous Ground

2:50 pm, Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

Moussa Sissoko would be well advised to follow Gini Wijnaldum’s example at Newcastle and act in a professional manner while he is waiting for his transfer to come through – if in fact it does come through.

Gini trained well for over three weeks and seemed to be upbeat and enjoy the training and he played in a few of our pre-season games.

He wisely didn’t take any interviews, because he still wanted to leave the club and he did leave, when Liverpool came in with an acceptable offer of 25M for him.

Gini then sent a message to the Newcastle fans – so that’s the right and proper way to leave a club if you want to leave.


Moussa Sissoko – should watch what he says to the press

But Moussa seems to thinks he ‘s above Newcastle and he said this to the French media yesterday:

“I resumed training on Monday.” “I am preparing with my own coach. I joined the squad slowly, hoping the transfer will be soon.”

“But I am not going to sign without thinking. With everything, I take time to think.”

“Real Madrid are a very big club, but you have to think and have no regrets.”

“I still hope to have the chance to join a more exclusive club. Now we are negotiating with Newcastle.”

“My agent has had discussions with the club. They are open to a departure. We are in discussions. We’ll see what happens.”

It’s very bad to talk in the press about wanting to leave Newcastle soon – and that’s disrespecting the club who are still paying his wages.

The Chronicle are reporting Moussa could even have broken club rules by giving his two interviews to the French media over this weekend – which has again sickened Newcastle fans.

Moussa’s massive ego is there for all to see ever since he had a couple of good games for France in the knockout rounds.

Rafa could even play him in the game against Huddersfield on Saturday and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Rafa tells him to train this week to be ready to be in the squad for the Terriers.

Moussa should tread very carefully over the next few weeks until the end of the month or until such time that he gets his move away from Newcastle to a dream club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Press · Transfer News and Rumours

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lochinvar // Aug 8, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Let him buy out his contract for £40m with a loan from Wonga then recoup the cost when he sells himself to the elusive dream club he craves

  • 2 DubaiMicky // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Sooner he’s gone the better. Swap him for Benny.

  • 3 jayphoto // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    @ToonTaff – Wouldn’t take any of them, pretty sure Dummetts only been to wales a hand full of times, hes only welsh because his dad moved to Newcastle as a kid.
    I’d take the left back though! Either of them, Davies or Naylor, Naylor reminds me of Enrique! I’d take him back also actually!
    Pretty sure the only welsh players worth signing (Bale, Ramsey, Davies) are immovable from their clubs

  • 4 toon1707 // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    For me if he is fit he plays one of our better players what’s the point in paying him if we are not going to play him

  • 5 Munster Mag // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Ian, yes certain people have very absolutist positions here. I was annoyed with rafa’s tactics partly because its exactly what i said could happen based on last year and based on Liverpool fans here whom i know. At home we could go 4132 and do serious damage. In some ways his decision is easier now because colback may have played himself off the team. Diame will do much damage for us. We just need to get some wins to take the heat off and get mitro in there to helo the smallies. I still think we will go for a big fast and talented striker, possibly from abroad.

  • 6 giimps // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Get lost Sissoko you whore, I hope the club fines you the equivalent of your signing on fee for breech of club rules so we can use that money to buy a few players for the academy who will be happy to play in front of 52k fans week in week out……….plonker

  • 7 mactoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Far too late to be on dangerous ground. He has continually spouted off about wanting to leave for a more ‘exclusive’ club (even though there appears to be no solid interest from any of the clubs he quotes)

    His attitude is disgraceful and will hardly encourage a team to follow up any interest. He would do well to remember that

  • 8 jayphoto // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    actually think his presence in the side on Saturday would be negative. The crowd atm, despite the loss are on a high, first home game etc all behind the manager! Sissoko would sour the day and bring a negative feel to the game.

  • 9 jayphoto // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    If sissoko burnt any more bridges Toon fans in Gateshead wouldne be able to get to the match

  • 10 martoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    I don’t know whether the guy is totally stupid or some things get distorted in translation but jeez what is he on?
    If we are still playing his wages and he is still here come Saturday then damn right I would put him in the squad – crowd reaction should be interesting to say the least!

  • 11 martoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    @ToonTaff – About 5 people had Hayden for player of the season including myself 😉

  • 12 Bobbybee // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    I think a lot of this is down to translation and very selective editing. Shit stirring for want of a better expression. Jib posted an unedited interview in German the other day and he said nothing disrespectful about the club or the fans. Far from it. I think we seriously need to take these interviews with a large dose of salts, let alone a pinch. Neither do i feel there is a need to jump over everything he’s reported to have said. Virtually every other page on here is Sissoko said this, Sissoko said that. Don’t think I’m defending him, just reminding people that the press is full of it and still has an axe to grind with us. We get the picture – he wants away to improve from the Championship. Every player we have needs to aspire to better than this or what’s the point? He’s not part of the squad right now. He’ll be gone soon. This is turning into a witch hunt that imo is becoming very boring.

  • 13 MadisonToon // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Anyone think the Sissoko transfer has already been sorted?

    I have the sneaking suspicion that everything has already been agreed. If we let him leave immediately after the Euros then we would have a load of cash and would have to pay +5-10m on every transfer into the club as teams would know we’ve got the money. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa already agreed to let him leave and agreed fees and such with a buying club but said he would have to wait for a few weeks so that we could do our business un-molested. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.

  • 14 2_goal_tino // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    @Madison – No! No, buying club would accept that. We are already trying to rob them blind with such an exorbitant transfer fee. If any club offers us £30+ million we’ll bite their hands off, not risk them taking the offer off the table by saying they have to wait 3-4 weeks before the signing goes through.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I don’t Normally swear but sissoko do us all a favour and piss off, most annoying Newcastle Player ever.

    Sorry Ed for swearing but this guy is really starting to annoy me.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    When and if he leaves, no more French players, when things don’t go their way, god they don’t half throw their toys out of the pram.

  • 17 MadisonToon // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM


    It’s happened before with other clubs in purchases, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be doable here. If they know they’re getting their man then it shouldn’t be a big deal for them either if it gets sorted that way in negotiations. IF another club would offer 30m+ then they cannot think we’re robbing them blind or they wouldn’t offer it so that line of thinking holds no water.

  • 18 jayphoto // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Reckon the sissoko one will go to the last day.
    Apparantly Man Utd are looking at picking up Matuidi too… Be a couple of moussa’s dream clubs needing a midfielder.
    Surprised Mourinho hasn’t sniffed around him tbh, to be fair to Sissoko, hes usually ripped mourinhos teams apart when we’ve played chelsea

  • 19 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Sisokko is one of my most hated player ever. When is this guy gonna f off from Newcastle.

  • 20 toon kk // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Sissoko wants to remember he’s still a Newcastle player atm. He probably will get his move but he’ll end up bench warming for long periods of time especially if he ends up at Real Madrid.
    Newcastle are within there rights to hang onto him, he’s still under contract.
    The tosser.

  • 21 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    An awful thing to say, but a bad injury might just shut Sissoko up. He’s becoming a real pain the ‘arris!

  • 22 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:28 PM


    Maybe Mourinho smells trouble with Sissoko?

  • 23 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Sissoko thinks he’s way better than he is!!!

  • 24 nut meg // Aug 8, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Do you see much Dutch football on your travels? I’ve been keeping one eye on Hakim Ziyech of FC Twente over the last couple of years who I really like the look of,any thoughts? If anyone else watches Dutch football you can give your opinion on him also.

  • 25 toonintexas // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    I hope he blows out a knee sitting on the bench for his new team worthless there is a reason he has not left aND it has nothing to do with newcastle he is lazy I wouldn’t pay $35 for him hope he retires

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    When Mitrovic comes back there’s going to be a good spine to team from defence to up front, if Benitez plays 4231 which I’m sure he will then the spine will be.


    That’s height, strength and power.

  • 27 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    What may be effecting movement on the Sissoko situation could be the fact that Real Madrid are playing Sevilla in the European Supercup at Lerkendal Stadion, Trondheim, Norway tomorrow evening.

    It could be Luka Modric’ swansong for the Whites before returning to the UK in partex for MS to help NUFC get out of the Championship!!!!

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Do we need another winger if Benitez puts Gayle there, i know he won’t now because he’s got the no 9, just a thought.

    Gayle Diame Ritchie

  • 29 2_goal_tino // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    @Madison – the difference is that when it has happened in the past it has been an agreement at the end of the season with the official announcement made as pre-season starts. It doesn’t happen when there are less than 2 weeks of pre-season left. Any club who wants him, will want him to be training with the team as soon as they can so that he is settled and ready to play as soon as possible.

  • 30 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:21 PM


    You clearly know about your Greek philosophers and your comments are clearly based on the thoughts of Testicles!

  • 31 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:27 PM


    Maybe a career-ending injury sustained in the next few weeks might just allow us to claim on the Club’s insurance. He gets the dream move he deserves and we get a few quid.

  • 32 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Is it suspicious of me to think Ed enjoys posting these “Moussaka Says” articles last thing every day? Doesn’t hurt the click counter does it ha ha

  • 33 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    I think I’ll call him Moussaka from now on actually.

  • 34 2_goal_tino // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    And re. the ‘robbing them blind’ comment – it does hold water, we are asking for 35 million, and no one has bid for him, people may want him but everyone is dubious at that price. As the window goes on people may get desperate and be willing to pay that price but not at the moment. 35million is a hell of a lot and there are plenty of other (more prestigious) options at that price point. If we start playing silly beggars they’ll just go and get any one of the other 20 options.

  • 35 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Moussaka Sisko. Probably not the worst misspelling of his name on here.

  • 36 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Wed probably be doing everyone a favour if we all agreed to say he is fantastic and beg him not to go. Say he’s rubbish and not worth half the money isn’t helping the sale 🙂

  • 37 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:36 PM


    As you say anymore bridges burned by Sissoko could potentially cause a problem for our fans south of the Tyne.

    But, their determination to get to SJP could see the Metro and the tunnels jammed solid and that being so, we might just see the waters parting twice on Saturday for the great Geordie tribe.

  • 38 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Skunki it’s just the same interview regurgitated over and over again. Just incase you missed it the first 10 times. 🙂

  • 39 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    But had we had Moses at the Toon, the parting of the waters would’ve been assured. In saying that, maybe Jesus (Games) might be able to help.

  • 40 bettyswallocks // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Moussaka is aGreek dish made up of layered aubergine or egg plant as it is also known, combined with a ragu minced beef sauce and also a bechemal sauce. It can be sprinkled with a nice local cheese and then baked in the oven. Delicious when served with a crisp green salad.

  • 41 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Can’t work out if you’re trying to impersonate me or not Belfats ?

    You need to up yer game.

  • 42 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:46 PM


    Sissoko’s victim of his own high opinion of himself. Had he been more humble and respectful toward the people who pay his wages, things might have been different. I believe that Rafa’s digging in on the £35m as a point of principle.

  • 43 lesh // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM


    That mis-spelling’s as good as Kinnear’s Insomnia and Lambisi!

  • 44 giimps // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I thought Rafa had denied there being any set price for sissoko?
    I just hope whatever happens happens quickly so we have time to act before the window closes.
    If it is a last day transfer it could prove to be a long few months till Januaryif were relying on the money to purchase our required LW, striker and Lb.
    Come on mr Klopp, 35m buys you a sissoko with all that entails, cash up front …….you know you want to ?

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Aug 8, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Tsunki are you The Joker in disguise? Him that is ex of this parish and not the DC version.

  • 46 ShirebrookToon // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Think Rafa should just give him a left right goodnight and make him train with the reserves

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    I would take 25M or more for Muskrat. He’s not worth 35M even in today’s inflationary footy world.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    And make him wear the Thong of Shame while he trains. He was never that brilliant with us. That’s why many clubs are hesitating to spend big money for a Muskrat……

  • 49 Our Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    I don’t actually give $#IT what sissoko says or doesn’t say, I couldn’t give a toss about this whole saga, the most important thing is what is rafa going to do about selecting a team that will get us promotion. Still annoyed about Friday and the countless errors he made in both selection and tactics, this includes the zonal rubbish he insists on.

    No this isn’t a knee jerk reaction, but instead of reading of drivel regarding sissoko we need to concentrate on the more important matters.

    I’ve read a few times about janmaat being a winger on here, the lad is only good at getting forward, will chip in with a couple of goals, has no vision and can’t cross the ball, the only cross he has is a low drilled one…..not even his floaters find a player so please stop championing this shite full back as a winger because he can’t defend!!

  • 50 Our Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Get tiote back in the team to add steal in the middle and not midgets who get bossed like colback

  • 51 Pat On The Heed // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Another dog whistle … ooh look what sissoko said this time even though it’s the same article again …article for the knuckle draggers.

    Pure tabloid button pressing.

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    David Edgar had his debut with the Whitecaps on the weekend. He was horrible. Gave the ball away several times and played hoofball the whole match. They lost again 2-0 away to Colorado.

  • 53 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Our Toon
    That comment was very size-ist
    I happen to be huge (esp in the artillery dept.) but please show consideration for the smaller among us .

  • 54 ZIPPIE57 // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Ok many times we have been told we don’t have to sell. Let him rot in the under 23 or whatever as a matter of principle for the disrespect he has shown to everyone

  • 55 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    I still like Anita as our right back and Gamez at LB Our Toon mate. I would put Lascelles with either Clark (if he’s quick enough) or Mbemba. Play 4-2-2-2 which becomes 4-4-2 while defending. We could try Armstrong with Gayle and Ritchie and Aarons wide. Tiote and Shelvey in front of the back four.

  • 56 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    A very small water pistol is not considered to be artillery Jib. Put that thing away before it accidentally goes off……

  • 57 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Everything is comparative

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for mates. The latest interview with Rafa:
    G2: ta for doing this Rafa under what must be difficult circumstances. How are the lads after their first match?
    Rafa: it’s nothing G2. The lads are fine. I’m being patient with them so far but…….
    G2: yes Rafa, what is this but you speak of?
    Rafa: I can’t comment on any buts so far G2. I’m still stinging a bit from that effort. The effort she must be better you see?
    G2: Oh yes I see that Rafa. And what are you’re plans for Huddersfield?
    Rafa: It’s all on the hush hush G2. Some of the lads thinking their starting places are already sewn on. No…. this is not my way. We will be earning our places in the side. Take note all hangers on.
    G2: That’s the way to do it Rafa. We salute you sir!

  • 59 toontaff2 // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Our Toon mentions Janmaat’s floaters – maybe Rafa could organise a training session were every player aims their floaters at sissoko.

  • 60 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Olympics update
    So far
    Chinese Taipei
    and Vietnam
    are ahead of Canada in the medals table

  • 61 dazza // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    @Geordie2 – Plz say you are joking? Arma, Gayle, Ritchie, Aarons are not 6 foot combined. Any championship defense will just scoop them up with one hand and put them in their front pocket.

    @Rafa, since you are listening, Gnarby. Perfect for this level. Get him in.

  • 62 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Apprentices at Vickers called floaters
    “Scotswood Torpedoes”

  • 63 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Skunki it’s just the same interview regurgitated over and over again. Just incase you missed it the first 10 times. 🙂

  • 64 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Belfats – a bit like your repetition gag itself then.

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