If you asked most Newcastle fans the name of one player who sums up this Newcastle team, I’d be very confident that one name would appear more than the rest put together…Moussa Sissoko.
I can’t even remember if it was his turn to be one of the players who said before the Southampton match how it was going to be different, players understand, working so hard, feel for the fans….
Whatever, he has said similar before so many games and yet the outcome is invariably the same.
When you have the range of players that France have, it is incomprehensible that they would consider letting Moussa Sissoko carry the bags…never mind be a nailed on certainty for the Euros squad – well at least judged on his form for Newcastle.
To put it into context, it is still in the balance whether N’Golo Kante of Leicester, arguably the Premier League player of the season, will be on international duty this summer for France.
Mind boggling when you consider it is difficult to remember half a dozen decent matches from Moussa Sissoko in the past three seasons.
Talking to the Chronicle, once again Sissoko is telling us what is going wrong and talking about fixing it – but will we see any shred of evidence on Saturday against Swansea?
You want to believe in the players but when you read below what he said to the Chronicle, it does make me think that he and most of our players still see themselves as victims in all this mess at Newcastle United, rather than as prime suspects…
Moussa Sissoko talking to the Chronicle:
“If you want to do better in the next week, you have to move on after games.
“So you spend time with your family and try to take a short break before the next training. You have to forget for a while.
“From the beginning of the season we have been at the bottom and it’s not easy to think about that.”
“For me and the rest of the team, we’re all disappointed.
“When we went to Southampton we said we could do something there and wanted to focus on this game.
“Then when we started the game we conceded early and we all know we are in a bad situation at the moment.
“We must forget Southampton. We must only focus on what was good and be better in the next game.
“We have to be good from the beginning and score first, then the game can be different.
“We work on that every day at the training ground and I hope that this week it will be different for us.”