Moussa Sissoko has congratulated (now) former team-mate Gini Wijnaldum on his successful escape from relegated Newcastle United.

No doubt our French superstar is desperately looking forward to the day when Liverpool’s latest signing can replicate the favour.

Whilst some fans want to differentiate between the motivations/characters of Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Townsend, or even defend the lot of them, the fact remains that all three wanted out as soon as relegation was confirmed.

All three of them were, to greater of lesser extents, to blame for Newcastle’s demotion, so why shouldn’t fans have an expectation that the players have the character to want to put that right?

Moussa Sissoko used his Twitter account to say:

“Congratulations my Bro @GWijnaldum and good luck with your new team @LFC.”

Congratulations on what?

Why does he have to use a public forum to say well done to his mate on deserting a club that has hit problems – Wijnaldum jumping ship to what he sees as a club that will be better for HIM?

If Sissoko wants to contact Wijnaldum he could text, direct message, call him, he doesn’t have to add this latest example of rubbing the noses of Newcastle fans in it.

It is a total waste of time keeping players who don’t want to be at your club, no matter how much talent they (allegedly) have.

You can even look at the situation last summer, when Moussa Sissoko was desperate to leave, but only stayed because he was guaranteed a place. The midfielder frightened that if he got a transfer to a ‘big’ club he might not get a regular game, with Didier Deschamps making clear he would only select players for the Euros if they were getting regular football.

So maybe no wonder that Sissoko was so woeful for Newcastle last season, his mind purely on the Euros and getting through another mediocre season at Newcastle before he could get his move to a club more befitting his talent.

It could have made the difference a year ago if Newcastle had sold him and brought in a player who wanted to be at St James Park, who wanted to try every game and would have scored more than one goal. Apart from that Norwich 6-2 match I also find it hard to remember the French genious creating many chances either.

Could it have been the difference between staying up and relegation?