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Steve McClaren says it is Catch 22 situation with Moussa Sissoko

6 years ago

Moussa Sissoko put in easily his most impressive attacking display in living memory against Norwich City.

The Norwich boss described it as being like a basketball game, such were the wide open spaces when both teams attacked, allowing the game to flow end to end.

Overlooking his dereliction of defensive duties in the first half, Sissoko produced the kind of creativity we have rarely, if ever, seen for Newcastle.

Yes we have had the non-stop running in matches but usually with very little end product.

After the game Steve McClaren said that consistency is the key for both the team and individual players, with obviously Moussa Sissoko at the top of that list in terms of needing to do it week after week.

Can he do it against better teams and in less open matches such as the derby next Sunday? That is the challenge for him.

It was bizarre though to hear the Newcastle boss then volunteer that if Moussa Sissoko keeps this form up then he would then get a move to a top four club….

When Newcastle fans have waited so long for such a performance from a player who has let himself and the supporters down for so long, it is tough for the fans to then hear the manager/head coach say that if he keeps that form up then he will get his move.

A bit of a Catch 22 situation isn’t it…

If Moussa Sissoko uses that Norwich game as a starting point and plays really well week after week, then he will be sold to the highest bidder, almost certainly this summer.

However, if the French international goes back to his usual lacklustre rubbish performances then we will get to keep him!

Steve McClaren:

“Consistency is the key in individual and team performances, it’s no good performing like that one week….

“Moussa Sissoko is so powerful running, with or without the ball…we have told him to keep running.

“We have been calm and vocal and focused in our support for the players and it was great to see Gini Wijnaldum get the rewards.

“And today Moussa Sissoko showed today what he can do – he wants to be a top four player and he will be if he plays like that.”


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