In the lead up to today’s match against Tottenham, Moussa Sissoko has declared that he gives his ‘very best’ in every match he plays for Newcastle.
The last few weeks have seen ‘effort’ as a major topic of discussion where Newcastle United are concerned, with Sissoko probably at the top of that debate for most supporters.
Both Steve McClaren and a stream of players have came out in the press to say that ‘effort’ isn’t an issue and it is all/mainly about ‘confidence’.
Ironically, the effort that the players produced to beat Liverpool kind of undermined what they were all saying.
The team still looked very limited going forward and devoid of ideas but they won the game through sheer grit and determination, plus a much higher workrate to press the opposition, stop them playing, then win the ball higher up the pitch to create better situations where they stood a chance of grabbing the odd goal.
Moussa Sissoko says that the Newcastle fans sing his name if the team wins, well I must admit I haven’t heard much of that singing around me…
I don’t think many/any United supporters think that Moussa Sissoko has tried his best in all of the games, whether it is this season or last year.
What is true though is that he can be a very good player and the second goal last weekend was evidence of that.
However, just like a number of his teammates, those occasions have proved few and far between.
It is down to Moussa Sissoko himself how often the fans are going to be ‘singing his name’ in the upcoming matches.
“When we win the fans sing my name and if we lose or play badly, they are disappointed with me.
“Every game I try to do my very best and sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t, but I give everything I have.
“I hope this win (v Liverpool) gives us more confidence for the future.
“We have enjoyed the win over Liverpool this week but we are now preparing for this massive game with Tottenham.”