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Have you seen this man?

6 years ago

Have you seen Moussa Sissoko?

The Frenchman, 26, has been missing since the 24th May 2015, when he scored against West Ham to help preserve Newcastle’s Premier League status.

There have been rumours that he has been spotted stood on the right side of the pitch at St. James Park, as well as other grounds across the country.

If you come across this six foot two man, please report it to the authorities and if you have some spare time, explain to him what the Champions League is, as he appears to have an unhealthy obsession with playing in Europe’s top competition.

Moving on to the serious stuff, my big problem with Moussa Sissoko is that he could and should be great. Since arriving in January 2013, the big midfielder has shown glimpses of his talent, but only glimpses.

For a man of his size and stature, Sissoko has never really bossed a midfield in the way a man of his physical presence should.

He doesn’t have enough intelligence when in possession to execute the right pass. You could also argue that the French international doesn’t score enough goals, bagging 10 times in his whole Newcastle career.

This has all been a bit negative towards Sissoko, let’s give him some credit.

His driving runs with the ball have often proved difficult for opponents to stop. Lest we forget that game he terrorised Ashley Cole. The issue with these runs are that when it comes down to the killer pass, he can very rarely find it.

Not disciplined enough to play in centre midfield, doesn’t score or assist enough to play in an advanced midfield role, and often goes missing when playing on the right side of midfield; arguably too big a player to leave out, when considering the other options (or lack of)  available to Steve McClaren.

Sissoko’s inability to perform to a consistently high standard is made more painful by his continuous claims of his desire to play for a bigger club in the Champions League.

Is there more to come from the French diamond in the rough? Or should we sell this piece of wasted potential before it’s too late?

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