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Moussa Sissoko speaks out ahead of facing Newcastle United

3 weeks ago

Moussa Sissoko is looking forward to facing Newcastle United once again.

After eight and a half years in England, the French midfielder having joined Watford in the summer for £4.5m.

Now 32, Moussa Sissoko looking back to January 2013 and declaring: ‘I remember when I first came to Newcastle, my first experience in the English league, it was amazing and I had a great time there.’

It was a case of diminishing returns for Newcastle fans with Moussa Sissoko, looked like a world beater in the early days at St James Park but then simply looking more and more like a player who wanted to be somewhere other than Newcastle.

Going down to the Championship in 2016 ensured Sissoko’s departure, one of a number of players who had no intention of sticking around and making up for relegating NUFC.

In three and a half years with Newcastle, Moussa Sissoko started 118 Premier League games and scored 11 goals.

With Tottenham in five years it was 93 PL starts and only 3 goals.

Set to make his fourth Premier League start for Watford, interesting to see how Moussa Sissoko gets on.

Especially with Newcastle so desperate for a win to climb out of the relegation zone.

Moussa Sissoko speaking to the official Watford site ahead of facing Newcastle United:

“It will be a massive game and a win would give us a lot of confidence.

“Every Premier League game is very tough and in the previous game against Norwich we did well.

“It wasn’t easy, but we fought from the beginning to the end and deserved that victory.

“Now we need to keep going in that direction, now we are playing at home in front of our fans.

“I remember when I first came to Newcastle, my first experience in the English league, it was amazing and I had a great time there.

“The league was amazing, but now the quality is even higher than before and each year you see some amazing players come in.

“Each week you play against the best players in the world, that is exciting for a player.

“The best feeling is to be on the pitch, trying to compete against the best players in the world and playing in front of thousands of fans. You can’t have a better life than that.

“For me, he [Allan Saint-Maximin] is a key player for them.

“You have to make sure to be close to him during the whole game and make sure he gets as little of the ball as he can because we know if we give him space, he has skills and he can bring danger at any time.

“He won’t be alone on the pitch, so you need to be careful of other players – if you only focus on one player another one can bring danger.

“But I think the main thing is for us to be focused on our own game, on trying to do what we want to do and play with our quality, and I think if we do that we won’t be far from winning the game.

“Let’s start on the front foot, be ready from the first minute and make sure that we are ready to win the game, because three points are going to be important for the rest of the season.

“That can give a massive boost to the squad for the future.”


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