Newcastle’s second defeat in as many game at the start of the Championship season will start the anxieties going again for the Newcastle fans – what – so soon?
Moussa Sissoko wants to leave the club, but there is a likelihood that no club will meet the £35M transfer fee Newcastle are asking for the player – a high likelihood.
Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko
If we had a Moussa Sissoko of the last game of the season powering forward for us, it could make a big difference to the Newcastle side, but that’s with emphasis on the if.
We know Moussa is inconsistent and only plays when he feels like it, so the likelihood is that he may not be too bothered in August while his transfer status is still up in the air.
After the shock defeat yesterday – our second in a row – Rafa was asked whether Sissoko is closer to being fit to play:
“Yeah, he was better.” “Physically he was better but we have to manage him both physically and mentally.”
“It’s something we will see in the next few days and afterwards we will decide. It isn’t a clear decision now.”
“He was clear about it the other day.” “We can’t wait until the end of the window so we have to be sure he is training well and he’s ready.”
“If somebody comes in with the right offer for us and for everybody, fine, if not he has to carry on.”
“He is a professional and he has a contract.”
The MARCA outlet in Madrid have reported for the second time in 10 days that Real Madrid have absolutely no interest in Sissoko, even though there are reports out there to the contrary.
The decision on Sissoko will be made before the end of August to remove the uncertainty and if a satisfactory bid isn’t in for him within say the next week or 10 days, Newcastle may well shut up shop and then Moussa would have to honor his contract.
Rafa hinted as much in his press conference on Friday.
And with Newcastle surprisingly struggling at the start of the Championship season, there will be even more reason to do that.
Newcastle are not short of money – we need to get the team winning games.