Moussa Sissoko was signed by Newcastle in January of 2013 from Toulouse and that was the time when Mike Ashley brought in five French players as we were in danger at that time of being relegated.
But Moussa in his comments after the game yesterday – when he was booed every time he got the ball – thinks he was at Newcastle for two and a half years.
The midfielder left Newcastle a year ago for a massive £30M after he had a great Euro 2016 tournament for France and played way above his station.
That, however, was magic for Newcastle because that elevated his transfer fee and it’s one of the best pieces of business we have done at Newcastle – he was probably worth maybe £10M last summer.
Javier Manquillo challenges Moussa Sissoko yesterday
Moussa had a poor game and was brought off early in the second half of the game yesterday and he was heartily booed off the field by the Geordie fans.
Moussa was asked after the game what it was like returning to St. James’ Park:
“For me, it was a pleasure to come back here,” “I spent two-and-a-half years here, so I have memories of some good moments and some bad moments.”
“I came here with a new team and wanted to win this game. It was the first game of the season, we did well and deserved to win. We’re all happy as we go home with the three points.”
“I knew it (the crowd reaction) was coming.” “Football is like that sometimes when you move from one club to another and then come back.”
“That’s football and that’s fine.”
“Personally, it was good for me to come back, to see everyone because I have a lot of friends here but the most important thing was to go back with the three points and we did that.”
It’s not clear where Moussa goes from here since Spurs want their £30M back for him.
But his standing was further damaged last season by some very poor performances for Spurs.
We’ll not even mention the massive wages he must be getting in London.
We’ll see what happens with Mousa but he’ll not come back to Newcastle United.