Speaking ahead of the match with Chelsea, Alan Pardew has insisted that there is no way he’d consider dropping one of his under performing players.

The Newcastle manager has insisted that Moussa Sissoko is perfectly suited to the modern era of English football, with all the necessary attributes of power and physique. This must go a long way to answering those fans who claim Vurnon Anita deserves to start ahead of Sissoko.

MS0001_moussa_sissoko_newcastle_united_nufc_770In terms of the physical nature of their games, Anita is the total opposite of Sissoko in terms of physical stature and the way he fits into the midfield, with his more economical style of play.

Pardew explaining;

“I still think he (Sissoko) can be the player that we saw against Chelsea last season, though I understand why people are asking questions. He has had a chequered start where he has been fantastic in certain games and I thought he was brilliant on Wednesday night.

“I’d consider myself to be a big central midfielder when I played in the 90s but now I would be classed as a small one. Moussa has all the ingredients of a modern midfielder as he is strong, powerful and he has got that attacking ability.

“He is going to be a big player for Newcastle United and I will stick with him through thick and thin because I know that it is in there.”

What isn’t in doubt for me is that Sissoko’s instant contribution on his arrival against the likes of Villa, Chelsea and Southampton was a key factor in keeping Newcastle up last season.

However, what also isn’t in doubt is that the player has definitely failed to recreate that level of influence in matches since then, with equally the manager failing to bring out the best in the player either.

For the national team, after Cabaye it is Sissoko who is the Newcastle player most highly rated by a considerable distance, certainly judging by the game time Deschamps gives him.

However, for Newcastle he is becoming almost a Jonas (not Jonah!) figure as he puts in so much effort but little end product in terms of creating chances or scoring goals.

I think he has so much more to offer Newcastle United but will Alan Pardew ever be able to help find the key to giving it a chance to flourish?

  • Shola’s missing pace

    When Pardew eventually goes, his complete inability to drop ‘his favourites’ will be cited as one of his many shortcomings. He simply doesn’t learn.

    • east stand exile

      Agreed. Sissoko is undroppable & Anita will never be first choice under me is what he’s saying. Is that the way to motivate & get the best out of both players?

  • 8prestondave

    I’ve got tears in my eyes with pure frustration. Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhh, rant over

  • Tacrolimus

    The lad has plenty of class clearly but he hasn’t been playing well partly I think because he is still adapting to the league – there are many imports who have been the same – and partly because his manager has no idea how to put a team together or bring the best out of players.

    • hoglan


      The supporter in me likes the idea that he’s sticking with him, but the cynical part of me also thinks he’s under orders from Ashley to turn as big a profit as possible on him.

      He was ridiculously cheap (£1.2 million?) and even with his poor form he’s worth double or triple. If he can find and maintain the form he had against Chelsea he could be worth £10 million plus.

  • C Peat

    Pardew treats important games like practice matches moving the whole midfield and forwards into different positions every ten minutes with Sissoko being the fall guy most of the time playing in three positions in most games more competitive pre season games would have helped iron out many of the problems we are witnessing every week with Pardews inability to set a side up with tactics to beat the teams that will be around us at the end of the season mackems west ham hull and counting. Anyone can see that Anita can play quick passes and should be played more often to help us move the ball quicker to our forwards and runners .Sissokos problem is Pardew.

  • Alreet

    Performance and tactics should be the only reason players are picked. 1st on the sheet at the mo are cabs. Tiote. Gouff. Remy. Anita. Willo and krul. All others blow hot and cold and need to be used as subs or rotational till the best team and setup is done. Thing is we cant keep trying things out in important games. This needs to be done in training.

    But who am I to tell pards wat to do.