Newcastle United v Chelsea - Premier LeagueI had an interesting conversation last night with somebody inside the club and asked which of the new players is making the most effort to get up to speed and learn the language.

The great news is that all of the January signings are doing their best to get up to speed but even better, what is looking the real star signing, Moussa Sissoko, has been demanding extra English lessons from the tutor the club have provided.

Apparently Moussa at every opportunity where he can fit an extra lesson in, is on the phone asking to meet up and learn the lingo.

Some of you may think so what?

However, in my book there are people who are driven to succeed in life and while some can get to where they want to be through pure talent, when you have somebody who has that talent PLUS the extra drive and commitment, it can be a potent combination.

We also have the backdrop of so many players, both from home and abroad, who have landed on Tyneside and only interested in taking as much money for as little return as possible.

We have seen Sissoko’s energy and drive on the pitch, so he deserves an extra pat on the back for his off the field commitment as well.

With players such as Yohan Cabaye and Sissoko inside the club I don’t think we’ll go too far wrong.

15 comments
Mal44
Mal44

So John, after his very good game against WBA why did you drop him for the QPR game and play Raylor in midfield who had been well below par for weeks?

Gordonthetoony
Gordonthetoony

Isn't that part of the problem with Anita. They play him everywhere and never give him a run in a settled position. He did have an excellent game and his work rate in chasing and putting opposition under pressure was immense.

Stephen McMenzie
Stephen McMenzie

He was absolutely brilliant yesterday, if it wasn't for Jonas he would have been MOTM easily.

Toon161070
Toon161070

Anita, and others mind you, have been terrible this season. Carver is blind. 

Alltomuch
Alltomuch

It was plain to see the body language of willo, guttez as when celebrating ignored him.

Just shows the egotistical prate lost the changing room

GeoffreyRDixon
GeoffreyRDixon

About time,one swallow and all that,next Cabella to perform ???

Simon Sharp
Simon Sharp

Carver can get the best out of Anita. Pardew can't. Interesting.

amacdee
amacdee

You know I just have this nagging feeling that the last two clueless numpties havent had an ounce of tactical nous between them. Could a clever, intuitive, tactically aware manager get the best from wor Vurn ?

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

@amacdee Ajax Technical Director said he was amazed we signed him and he wouldn't have gotten a seat on their bench. On his showing here I would have no reason to disagree

Ben Jefferson
Ben Jefferson

Aye coz he prob wakes up every morning thinking hes dreaming getting paid to play football

toonterrier
toonterrier

Well that's handy. If we sell Tim Krul we have a ready made goalie to take his place. That'll save Ashley a few quid. Anita had a great game yesterday which makes it his second decent one this year. The lad seems to have the skill so why hasn't he shown it before. Could it have something to do with the poor coaching or maybe Carver had a quiet word with him during the week in his office and gave his confidence a boost. Cant wait to see who they ship out and which donkeys we get saddled with next season.

Steven Fox
Steven Fox

And he is usually shite in all those positions.

1957
1957

I suppose this is all in response to Carver's positive motivation!