Moussa Sissoko never tired of telling Newcastle fans how he needed to move clubs to progress his career, especially so the big European nights he was missing out on would become a reality.
Tottenham’s superstar £30m signing, with a Champions League campaign played out at Wembley, what could possibly go wrong…
If you can just join the queue here, to ask Moussa Sissoko whether he realises he played more European football at both Toulouse and Newcastle United, than he has done at Spurs (not to mention more league football…only 6 PL starts for him this season).
2007/08 Made 2 substitute appearances in the Champions League (qualifier), both against Liverpool, total of 15 minutes.
2009/10 Made 4 starts and 3 sub appearances in the Europa League, total of 466 minutes.
At Newcastle United:
2012/13 Made 6 starts in the Europa League, including quarter-final against Benfica, total of 540 minutes.
2016/17 Made 1 start and 3 sub appearances in Champions League, total of 134 minutes.
2016/17 Made 1 start in Europa League, total of 71 minutes.
To make matters worse, in his 5 European matches for Spurs, Moussa Sissoko lost 4 of them and drew the other 1, losing to Gent, Monaco (x2) and Bayer Leverkusen (1x draw 1x defeat).
In total, Sissoko has now played 481 minutes of European football for Toulouse, 540 minutes for Newcastle, and 205 at Tottenham.
Well done Moussa Sissoko, you deserve it!
Moussa Sissoko speaking to the BBC World Service 11 August 2016:
“I hope Real Madrid will come for me, I’m still waiting…
“If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.
“I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.
“I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That is why I said I want to leave this year.
“I have spent a lot of time here and now it’s time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation, I hope they will and that everything will be OK.”
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