Moussa Sissoko was pretty invisible for Newcastle when we were relegated last season and in the games when we were struggling (a lot of games) there was no sign of the Frenchman – although he was rumored to be on the pitch somewhere.
In his three and a half years on Tyneside he was tone deaf to Newcastle fans , who didn’t take kindly to him continually talking about wanting to join a big club who play in the Champions League.
Presumably that meant he wanted to leave the (small?) club he was playing for at the time – Newcastle United.
Moussa Sissoko in action for Spurs
When Moussa’s on form he can be a great player as witnessed in the last few games of last season under Rafa Benitez – and especially in our last game of the season when we hammered Spurs 5-1 with 10 men.
In that second half Moussa was as good as we have ever seen him play at Newcastle.
Maybe that’s what Spurs thought they were getting in the summer – that Moussa Sissoko.
He didn’t want to play in England’s second division this season and pushed for a move away after his good form carried on and he was a star for France in the Euro 2016 Championships.
Mauricio Pochettino left him out of the 18 man squad for their game against Chelsea over the weekend – and basically said Moussa didn’t deserve to be in the team.
And today former striker Chris Sutton and now a pundit (what else?) has questioned why on earth Tottenham bought him from Newcastle for £30M.
This is what Chris Sutton has said on on BBC Radio 5 Live:
“Sissoko was a bad buy and Pochettino is questioning him now. They have got the ‘Newcastle’ Sissoko.
“That was a really odd move to virtually everybody in the country looking from the outside thinking why on earth have they signed Sissoko?”
“He downed tools last season. How can you trust him?” “That’s a massive disappointment. A lot of money wasted.”
On the last day of the transfer window Newcastle fans couldn’t believe that Spurs were willing to pay £30M for Moussa – we thought there must have been something in the London water.
But pay £30M for him they did – which explains why the Geordie fans went crazy and were jubilant (ecstatic?) on Twitter immediately following the deal.
The only worry we had was the deal was done very close to the deadline and maybe it wouldn’t go through in time – but it did.
It’s not good use of £30M for sure – but a great deal for Newcastle United.