Sissoko debacle shows why Newcastle were right to get rid of him

Now that the transfer window is over and that we all have time to relax again, we can reflect on what a good move it was by Lee Charnley and Rafa to get rid of want-away midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Despite the above statement, there was some part of me that wanted to see Moussa stay with us. For all his many faults, someone with his pace and strength would have been a real asset for any championship side, and when he was on his game (Vs Norwich), the results were awe inspiring. However, now that he has left I do feel that it is really for the best. Primarily, Sissoko had possibly the worst attitude of any recent Newcastle player, his constant interviews with the French media about Real Madrid and the ‘beautiful’ Arsenal were embarrassing and a distraction for everyone at the club. They only reflected badly on Sissoko, and the result being that, despite publicly declaring his love for Arsenal, Moussa signed for arch-rivals Tottenham…

Furthermore, whilst I do reminisce about Sissoko’s great performance’s, they were sparsely dotted around the season, and this is not the consistency required to help us get promoted. I would far rather a slightly less talented player who is willing to give his all for the club week in, week out, rather than a player totally focused on themselves. This was shown by the fact that on deadline day, Sissoko apparently did not travel to Everton, despite them having the only acceptable offer on the table at the time. This childish petulance is the kind of attitude that helped get the club relegated. On this note, I do feel it only right then to applaud the behaviour of players such as Wijnaldum and particularly Janmaat, who gave his all to the end of his time at Newcastle, and did not resort to silly interviews before quietly transferring. As a result, we can be thankful that we have lost Sissoko’s diva like antics, whilst marvelling at the bargaining skills of Lee Charnely and Mike Ashely to get 30 Million pounds from Daniel Levy for a player not worth half that much in reality, we can let him be Spurs’ problem now.


Newcastle’s Transfer window – Success or Failure?

It is the Transfer Deadline Day, and in around 9 hours we can know for sure as to whether the summer transfer window has been a success or failure for Newcastle United in terms of players in and out. However, it may be months before some of the players who Newcastle have signed reveal themselves to be sensational signings (E.g Townsend) or fantastic flops, such as Manu Rivière who has headed out on loan to Osasuna today after a career at Newcastle which contained many terrible performances and very few goals.

My first impression is that it has been a wonderful transfer window for Newcastle.  Although there is a temptation to be negative with star players such as Townsend, Krul, Wijnaldum, Sissoko??, and Janmaat leaving, I believe that it was the exodus needed to help stabilise the club for the new season. Obviously it was difficult to lose Townsend after such a short yet successful stint at the club, and it was clear to see Janmaat cared for the club (highlighted by when he broke his hand in anger after particularly pathetic performance). However, in Matt Ritchie and Deandre Yedlin, it looks as if we have two fairly similar replacements, who could both be extremely exciting for newscastle fans.

Having watched Ritchie at Bristol city it is clear to see he is passionate and cares for the club, (more than can be said for Sissoko and Wijnaldum), and to back this up he has some real talent. Having scored one of the goals of the season last year for Bournemouth, it gave some indication that Ritchie’s left foot is a little bit magical. Furthermore, we have already seen some evidence of this in the championship so far, with a great cross for Jamaal Lascelles against Brighton, and he looks a constant danger at corners and set pieces. As a result, I think that especially in the championship Ritchie will prove be worth the 12 Million that Newcastle paid for him. Another comforting sight was the performance of Matz Sels, who having been called up to the Belgian side, put in a much improved performance against Brighton, and this will offer some comfort to the fans who were worried when Krul left.

Whilst looking at the other new additions it seems to be that Rafa has invested wisely; Dwight Gayle has already scored 4 goals and tops the goalscoring charts despite missing the game vs Brighton. Additionally, Gayle has scored goals of all types, and looks to be worth the number 9 shirt that he wrestled off mitrovic. I mentioned Yedlin earlier, he along with Lazaar will add some real pace on the flanks, something we didn’t have before in Paul Dummet and Vurn Anita… whilst Isaac Hayden looks to have added some real composure in the middle,  and should be a mainstay in the side this season. As such, I think that these particular new additions to the side have been fantastic, and though the jury is still out on players such as Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanely and Daryl Murphy, I have faith that under the guidance of Benitez this looks to be a side better equipped for the championship than the one that we came down with.