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Sissoko Talks About Pardew’s Masterstroke

8 years ago
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On international duty with France, Moussa Sissoko has been reflecting on the role he has been playing at Newcastle.

His impact has been massive since his arrival at St.James’ Park but he clearly is his own worst critic;

“I spoil it, I rush it, the main thing is that I miss too many opportunities.

I was criticised for that at Toulouse and there’s critics at Newcastle also. Considering the opportunities I get, I just have to take my time and be more accurate, less powerful.

Before the friendly against Germany (early Feb), Didier Deschamps teased me about the number ten position, telling me I shouldn’t expect to play behind Karim Benzema.

I don’t consider myself as a playmaker but at Newcastle I can use my pace to run into the gaps.”

All I can say is that I can’t wait to see Sissoko when he stops rushing his finishing!

With different styles of play in different countries and even teams within the same league, a player’s effectiveness can be measured in other ways. All credit to Alan Pardew for putting Sissoko in a more attacking position than he generally played in France.

When you have the speed and power of Sissoko then you can play in any number of positions, which I suppose is the real true worth of our number ten/seven.

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