Sissoko Happy With Spurs Move – So Are Newcastle

Moussa Sissoko is happy he finally got his move to a Champions League club in moving to Tottenham Hotspur and we are also happy he was able to leave Newcastle.

Newcastle got £30M for him so Newcastle are certainly happy with the deal, if only because he’s not worth half  that fee.

But with his very good performances for France in the Euro 2016 finals we were able to get that for him in today’s ridiculously inflated transfer market.


Moussa Sissoko in Spurs colors

On the positive side let’s say Moussa is still a much better buy for Tottenham than Paul Pogba is for Manchester United at £100M or was it only £90M they paid for him?

Moussa got his wish to play in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but Spurs were beaten 2-1 at Wembley by Monaco and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was not happy at all at his team’s performance on the night.

Moussa has been speaking to Sky Sports about his move:

“For me it is the same. I don’t have pressure because of the £30M transfer fee.”

“Newcastle asked for £30M, Tottenham paid it – so that is good for me, good for Newcastle and good for Tottenham. Everyone is happy and that is the most important thing.”

“I spoke with Everton but when Tottenham came in I wanted to join this club directly because it is a big club. Everything in my head was clear so I signed here.”

“I’ve played in the Europa League and World Cups, I wanted to play in the Champions League. So I said yes I wanted to join this place.”

“I’m very happy to be here.”  “I need to work hard and be 100% as soon as possible, help the team to win something and help them do well this season.”

“We deserved to draw the game against Monaco but it was a bad day for us. We need to learn from this game and focus on the next game against Sunderland.”

If Sunderland play like they did in that second half against Everton on Monday night at the Stadium of Light, Tottenham can win that game rather easily.

The Black Cats performance reminded us of a number of Newcastle’s performances under Steve McClaren last season when a number of our players gave up – and that’s not a compliment.

Anyway, back to Moussa – it was a good deal for him and a good deal for Newcastle, but maybe not such a good deal for Spurs?

We’ll have to wait and see on that but Tottenham have one of the best young managers in the game in Mauricio Pochettino.

Maybe he can do what Rafa was able to do at Newcastle in a short 10 games and bring out the best in Moussa.

It’s possible.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Ah so he did speak to Everton!

    I am sure he denied this the days after signing for spuds

  • mad-serb

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone knows if Mitro is on twitter or something where we can send him some happy birthday wishes?

  • mad-serb

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    As for Sultco who give a flying …….. what he is saying, we are rid of him and not soon enough.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4


    I just did a quick calc based on the team numbers
    it will get lots more complicated when u take into account positions more so as we have a few that can play multiple positions

  • Markaccus

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5


    Yeah I was just looking at that. Goalkeeper choice is currently evens (only 2 fit choices) but like you say there are so many permiatations for the rest, i reckon the odds are going to be in the hundreds of thousands at least.

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Mr Tuff
    It’s actually more difficult than it looks.

    At first it just looks like perming 10 from 25

    Taking Sels as a fixture and 2 always out injured from a squad of 27.

    However in pure maths you have to sub-divide into 3 groups
    Backs Midfielders and Forwards
    Each sub group has permutations
    Backs 4 from 6
    Midfielders 4 from 10
    Forwards 2 from 4
    complicated by factors such as :-

    Some backs can play midfield and vice versa

    The formation Rafa chooses.

    This is a pretty close model
    4C2 • 4C2 • 7C3 • 7! = 6350400

    about 6 million

  • Markaccus

    Sep 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #7

    The odds will be further affected further into the season, when we start to see certain players being selected more often than others. Obviously the raw mathamatical odds only change if a player gets injured, but “bookie style” odds would be forever changing

  • beermonkey

    Sep 16, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8


    it makes my head hurt thinking about it lol

    the great thing is we have a squad and manager willing to rotate and keep the squad on its toes

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 16, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib the constipated mathematician …………. Did you work it out with a pencil and paper?


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