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Moussa Sissoko cost more than 11 Newcastle United players who faced Tottenham – That is the reality

2 months ago
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Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham for £30m back in August 2016.

On Saturday he was part of the Spurs team that finally beat his former team Newcastle United.

A late goal from Son the only thing that separated the two sides.

I have seen some interesting comments/debate after Rafa said after the game, that Spurs missing Alli and Kane was no big deal.

The Newcastle boss making the point that they have so many other good players, this squad having finished third, second, third these last three years and currently second top.

A lot of Spurs fans going into total meltdown in reacting to what Rafa has said, totally not understanding the reality of the two clubs.

Moussa Sissoko actually cost more than the combined cost of 11 Newcastle players who featured yesterday:

£4m Martin Dubravka

£5m DeAndre Yedlin

£3m Fabian Schar

£4m Jamaal Lascelles

£9m Florian Lejeune

£12m Matt Ritchie

£4m Isaac Hayden

£0 Sean Longstaff

£6m Christian Atsu

£2m Ayoze Perez

Loan Salomon Rondon

Loan Kenedy

Loan Antonio Barreca

If you take out Florian Lejeuen and Matt Ritchie, who is having to play as an emergency left-back/left wing-back, none of the 13 Newcastle players who played yesterday, cost more than £6m.

Leaving aside that pair, Rafa relied on three loan players and another eight who cost less than £28m, a couple of million less than Moussa Sissoko cost Spurs.

Spending money doesn’t guarantee success but not spending it in the style of Mike Ashley, does guarantee a constant struggle, especially as a team/squad that needed to be rebuilt after relegation.

The emergence of Sean Longstaff as a possible player and the signing of Miguel Almiron are two very small positives compared to the overall total neglect by Mike Ashley over the course of 12 years.

This team/squad are showing they can be gritty battlers but far more footballers are needed if Newcastle are to ever progress.

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