This Deal Could See Sissoko On His Way This Weeek

With Paul Pogba’s soap opera almost over – as he will complete his medical today and sign on for Manchester United for a ridiculous £110M – that leaves the way open for Moussa Sissoko to finally leave Newcastle.

And with the mad spending in the transfer market by some Premier League clubs going on this summer, we should be able get £35M for the midfielder and that deal will be classed as an Andy Carroll type deal – although Andy was a lot better player than Moussa is.

Two or three good games for France at the Euro 2016 Championships this summer has done wonders for his transfer fee – but that’s also terrific for Newcastle.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko

And it looks like Moussa will get that move to his dream club – whether that be Real Madrid, PSG, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton or even Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew has said he is interested in Moussa but not at the £35M fee – but that’s only because  he knows Moussa is worth nowhere near that because he has coached him for two years – spoil sport.

Luckily other clubs may not know that.


If Moussa leaves for a huge club like Real Madrid or even PSG, he may find himself like Yohan Cabaye at PSG and Mathieu Debuchy at Arsenal, whose careers were completely stalled after they left Newcastle for pastures anew.

Both players got to know what it was like to warm the bench at a big club.

But once Moussa leaves Newcastle he’s gone – and we don’t really care how he does – but we’d be surprised if he keeps playing as well as he did for France last summer.

That play was principally because of Rafa Benitez’ excellent coaching, as he brought the best out of the Frenchman in the short time he had to coach him, but Moussa doesn’t see that.

Most fans will be glad to see the back of Moussa Sissoko and not many want him to stay at the club.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1


    Just a thought…. would you consider swapping Anita and Janmaat in thier starting positions? Anita performed better at RB than Janmaat did last season, and I would argue our defence looked better when Janmaat was out injured. It certainly conceeded fewer goals per game.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Speaking of PSG, it’s good to see Benny’s doing well.

  • martoon

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    YCMIU – I’ve got a feeling if I did the predictions now everybody would be not as optimistic as they were then – but early days yet.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5


    If Benitez can make three more signings, we should be OK. IF!

  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Would anyone fancy a cheeky loan bid for Benteke?

  • toontaff2

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7


    Can we have a new prediction – Twisty-faced footballer of the season award.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Having said that… assuming Diame will play sat, and putting most of the poor showings down to First Game Syndrome, i would go as follows…

    Sels/Darlow (not sure)

    Dummet (still better defensively than others)

    Shelvey (gives more than colback)

    Ritchie (prefers the right)
    Perez (as an attacking LM cutting in)

    Gayle (no other option as yet)

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9


    Probably right. Then again, I’m just putting it down to First Game Syndrome. FGS often strikes in an away game.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    9Ian Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    You couldn’t MIU – I have to say I am not a fan of Anita- it’s all about opinions. I watched him on TV playing in Holland and he often played in a sweeper type role where he was given space and time on the ball. He has been a major disappointment in the EPL where his lack of physicality are highlighted. The frenzied pace in the Championship does not bode well. As a full back I would prefer Gomez or indeed Janmaat with Ritchie in front. They look a good pairing. We just need to replicate on our left flank/ side.

  • geordie157

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    I think as much as we need a left back and probably another striker, what we need most is another Ritchie, one who plays on the left but can easily switch to the right if needed.

    Can’t think of many left sided players, possibly Moses if we could get him.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12


    Yeah it isnt ideal. We still need to bring in a more well rounded starting LB, and one more winger. As the squad stands, i’d go with what a posted earlier, where I have dropped anita.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Hail – Your point on the Fulham goal. Had Dummet been on the left hand post that would have allowed Lascalles to man mark Smith. As it was he just obstructed his own player. I agree that Lascalles showed naivety in thinking he would have a run and jump in such a confined area. There was clearly a variety of zonal and man marking but it’s obviously a key area to work on in training. Hanley had a limited pre season and was lacking in overall fitness but he looks ideally suited for what lies ahead in the Championship.

  • giimps

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    I would try Aaron’s as the lw instead of Perez and if fit I would swap dejong for Shelvey, maybe not the range of passing that shelvey has but can thread the intricate passes that Gayle, Ritchie and Aaron’s would love , it’s pointless whipping crosses in as there’s often nobody to get on the end.
    A nice reverse ball for one of the forward players played quickly and at pace would be ideal , something both can do but I just think dejong has a footballing brain as well as the ability….I wonder if Shelvey has that sometimes…anyhoo, time will tell, Hwtl

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    YCMIU- I am still trying to work out what Colback’s role was ! He played very deeply which with Anita and Hayden was overly defensive. Almost making my earlier point of a hangover with away games.

    We need more pace and creativity. If we have to sell Sissoko then let’s put a bid in for Cabaye who’s range of passing would free up Gayle from his Fulham anonymity; just as it did for Cisse. I am still hoping that Shelvey can fulfill that role .


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