After a summer so far which has been largely free of headline making ‘Newcastle player to join…..’ talk, a story emerged at the weekend of a Moussa Sissoko joining Liverpool tale.
It appears to have started with L’Equipe reporting that their sources suggested that the Merseyside club were interested in the player and he wasn’t averse to the move either.
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I thought the most interesting part of this transfer window episode, is that it was hard to tell who was less animated, the Newcastle fans thinking they might lose Moussa Sissoko or the Liverpool supporters believing he might be heading their way.
Little despair or joy greeting the speculation.
From the Newcastle end of things it appears quite a strange reaction if you are a neutral. After all, Moussa Sissoko is United’s most talented and high profile, plus the last remaining international player who regularly turns out for one of the major football nations (Krul and Janmaat squad players for Holland).
Yet all I feel is indifference from the fans.
From the other end of things, should we be surprised at the scousers’ lack of excitement at the thought of Moussa Sissoko signing up?
If they google his stats they would find that since arriving at Newcastle he has achieved the following:
2012/13 scored 4 and 3 assists (12 Premier League matches)
2013/14 scored 3 and 8 assists (35 PL matches)
2014/15 scored 4 and 2 assists (34 PL matches)
The overview if this past season makes Sissoko look like a player whose talents are fading and/or somebody who is not putting it all in.
In fact if you delve a bit deeper, then even in his first full season it was a tale of two halves. Apart from a starring performance and two goals at Hull in that 4-1 win (Pardew headbutt game), the second half of that 2013/14 season, the Frenchman was pretty anonymous and contributed little.
Yes Yohan Cabaye departed but that should have been the spur for Sissoko to step it up and take more responsibility, not hide away as the season fell apart.