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Pardew ‘I take the point he’s playing for a club where big clubs have taken players away’

6 years ago

Alan Pardew has referred to Moussa Sissoko’s current position, acknowledging that he takes the point that the midfielder plays for a club ‘…where big clubs have taken players away’.

As sure as night follows day, you can guarantee that as the January transfer window approaches, Alan Pardew will be talking about Newcastle’s in form player(s) in connection with the transfer window.

Some of you will say that he is only answering questions but others will believe that the Newcastle manager is simply putting them in the shop window to drive the price up and hint at their availability…at the right price.

What isn’t in dispute is that he has been the driving force in Newcastle’s recent winning run, though it was interesting to see his midfield partner Jack Colback revealed yesterday as one of Newcastle’s two players featuring in the list of the ten hardest working players in the Premier League so far this season.

After his daft sending off which potentially cost Newcastle points at both West Ham and Burnley, we are all looking for a big performance from Moussa Sissoko on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Pardew;

“We have not had contact from anybody else (on a Sissoko transfer), or heard from anybody.

“But I do take the point that he is playing for a club where big clubs have come before and taken players away.”

Been terrific;

“I understand that and so therefore I guess he is a player they will be looking at.

“That is all I can say because he’s been terrific for us.”

A better player now;

“He’s only a young player (25) and he’s already got 27 national caps and he could win 50, 60 or 70 caps for France in the future.

“He’s a powerful player and a better player now than when he first played against Chelsea. Don’t get me wrong, he had a great day back then (Newcastle won 3-2 – Sissoko scoring two) but he is better now.”

That first appearance against Chelsea saw an electrifying display from Moussa Sissoko and I’d have to disagree with Pardew when he says the midfielder is a better player now – I don’t think we’ve ever seen him better than that day, or when he played in the Europa League quarter final later that season.


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