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A quite bizarrely different view from France on Moussa Sissoko compared to Newcastle fans…

5 years ago

For many Newcastle fans, Moussa Sissoko has come to represent everything that is wrong with Newcastle United in recent times.

A player earning a fortune, who doesn’t really want to be here, imagines he deserves to be at a far better (‘Champions League’) club…and in the meantime is letting both Newcastle United and the fans down.

A player who often flatters to deceive and looks like he could do something at any moment…but rarely does.

Without a goal all season and difficult to remember an assist for Newcastle since he and Gini Wijnaldum made hay in the 6-2 hammering of Norwich five months ago.

Monday night saw more of the same from Moussa Sissoko, in the player ratings voted by fans, only two of the NUFC starting eleven were rated lower than Sissoko – Vurnon Anita who was appalling in the centre of midfield and Steven Taylor who didn’t do himself any favours either.

In a few occasions Moussa Sissoko looked like he was going to have one of his rare ‘going’ days but then simply became his usual annoying frustrating self. His failure to take responsibility summed up when he got free inside the box after initially doing well to get past the Leicester defenders – but then with a great chance of shooting he instead passed the ball/buck and gave possession away.

However, over in France, despite his and Newcastle United’s failings, Moussa Sissoko is seemingly unquestioned when it comes to being part of the French effort to win the Euros when they are hosted this summer by France.

Seen as a big favourite of Didier Deschamps, just read this write-up on Moussa Sissoko below.

In an article on players likely to feature for France in the Euros by Eric Devin for Get French Football News, the author who is  a specialist writer on French football, waxes lyrical about Moussa Sissoko and his efforts against Leicester City.

Are Newcastle fans the ones to have got it wrong…?!!!

Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United

“Hardly a doubt to be included this summer, it was nevertheless a breath of fresh air to see Sissoko at his scintillating best against leaders Leicester on Monday.

“While his efforts weren’t enough to secure a point for the Magpies, the former Toulouse man showed why he has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and others in the past, deployed on the left side of Rafa Benitez’s 4-2-3-1.

“Whether tracking back or going forward, Sissoko was a constant menace.

“While he failed to breach Kasper Schmeichel’s goal on the evening, Sissoko showed how, on form, he is an automatic selection for Deschamps, despite the failings of his side around him.

“With Mathieu Valbuena’s status with the team still in doubt, Sissoko, if he can persist with this level of play, can make a real case for not only a place in the squad, but his inclusions in the starting eleven.”


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