Moussa Sissoko was not the most popular player on Tyneside, and Newcastle fans were delighted when we received a massive 30M from Tottenham for him on the last of the summer transfer window in 2016.
Moussa did not play well at all for us in that relegation season.
But once Rafa came in – he immediately picked out Moussa to be captain and the French International had his best games for Newcastle, and in that final 5-1 victory over Tottenham, he seemed a man possessed in the second half.
Rafa has today been talking about Moussa who getting very little playing time at Spurs when he first went there in his first season.
Moussa Sissoko – in Tottenham colors
Moussa is not a starter at Spurs, and Rafa has talked about the two months he had him at Newcastle when he was outstanding, and he even made him captain.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I think that it is not easy for us to talk about a player than has maybe has not been playing many games, but not playing many games for a very good team.”
“They have lots of very good players so it’s more difficult to play more games.”
“But, for us, when he was here, as a player and a professional during the time that I was here, the relationship was excellent and he was a very good professional for us.”
“Maybe the fans will not agree because maybe what they saw from him before that, but from the time I was here he was a good professional.
“My memories about him are only positive memories. I have exchanged some text messages with him since he left. It is not like we talk every day, but we have spoken from time to time.
“But obviously I have a good relationship with him because he was a good professional for us.”
After being coached by Rafa for two months, Moussa was a revelation for France in Euro 2016 which nicely inflated his price and Newcastle gained from that.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Moussa could return to Newcastle, but only on a season-long loan.
It may even be worth the loan fee since Rafa seems to be able to get the very best out of him and Moussa is a fan of the Spanish manager.
Even the thought of Moussa returning to Newcastle on loan will be sacrilege to some fans – but he is an experienced Premier League player.
Moussa was never popular on Tyneside, and we would never pay anywhere near £30M for him to bring him back.