I’ve openly criticised Ashley & Lambias and Pardew over the last 5 months but fair play to Ashley; he came to a decision, picked up the dice, went through his lucky shake routine and he’s now delivered a pool of players that adds significant quality to the squad
While our captain (for now?) has been a very popular figure on Tyneside after overcoming a bit of an average/dodgy start, he is now learning that like any other high profile player; the rewards are now massive but there are obligations that go with your massive wage packet.
There is also the President of Toulouse saying that he wants Sissoko to remember his nurturing club and stay with them until June and to accept an improve offer for him to stay until the end of the season rather than leave now.
Deschamps; “I do not know if Mapou made that right choice, we will see later. I think he had no choice. If Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern were also in for him, I think he would not have chosen Newcastle. This can also be a springboard for him in the long run”.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; “Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league, and I’m going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well. I have experienced a lot of positive things so far in my career and one of those is joining this Club”.
Nicollin; “We will not cry. His head had gone at Montpellier, but it does not matter. He is not irreplaceable. The bottom line is that we will get some money back. I think the manager (Pardew) has a lot to do with it. He will be transferred again next year”.