Moussa Sissoko may be ‘frustrating’ to say the least but a new report shows how consistently impressive he is, at least in one respect.
In odd games Moussa Sissoko shows why he should be playing for a ‘Champions League’ club but in so many more he can fail to convince you should even be in the current Newcastle team.
However, one thing not in dispute is that he has the perfect physique for a modern day midfield player in the Premier League.
That physique and fitness has helped put him in the top three European players of those born in 1989, Sissoko born 16 August 1989.
Now a study by the CIES Football Observatory has ranked the players born in each year who have made the most domestic league appearances since the start of their adult career.
The study looked at players in the Big 5 leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) and includes second team games.
Of those born in 1989, only Charlie Austin (320) and Jack Cork (307) have played more, Moussa Sissoko having played an impressive 298 times in his career so far.
Making his debut for Toulouse as a 17 year old, to rack up so many league appearances tells you two things.
One is that you get regularly selected and the other is that you keep your fitness up.
A great athlete but Moussa Sissoko needs to start adding impact in matches to that fitness and stamina.
The top three for each year can be seen HERE but below are the top ones for each year and the number of appearances so far:
Born in 1996 or after Dele Alli, Tottenham, 98 matches
Born in 1995 Samu Castillejo, Villarreal, 129 matches
Born in 1994 Nathan Redmond, Norwich, 163 matches
Born in 1993 Romelu Lukaku, Everton, 210 matches
Born in 1992 Koke Resurrección, Atlético Madrid, 236 matches
Born in 1991 Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 277 matches
Born in 1990 James McCarthy, Everton, 295 matches
Born in 1989 Charlie Austin, Southampton, 320 matches (Jack Cork 307, Moussa Sissoko 298)
Born in 1988 Sergio Agüero, Manchester City, 368 matches
Born in 1987 Billy Jones, Sunderland, 395 matches
Born in 1986 James Milner, Liverpool, 410 matches
Born in 1985 Simon Francis, Bournemouth, 460 matches
Born in 1984 Wes Morgan, Leicester, 527 matches
Born in 1983 Jon Walters, Stoke, 456 matches
Born in 1982 Rickie Lambert, West Brom, 597 matches
Born in 1981 Gareth Barry, Everton, 588 matches
Born in 1980 Sylvain Armand, Rennes, 522 matches
Born in 1979 Massimo Maccarone, Empoli FC (and once of Middlesbrough), 539 matches
Born in 1978 Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, 612 matches
Born in 1977 or before – Mark Schwarzer, Leicester, 626 matches