Despite returning to St James’ Park in August to a chorus of boos, ex-NUFC midfielder Moussa Sissoko has admitted how happy he is to see his former side doing well in the Premier League, claiming it’s a club that ‘deserves’ to be where it is.
Sissoko was very much hit and miss during his time at Newcastle, however his relationship with the club and fans was scarred after he publicly announced his wish to join a ‘bigger club’.
As well all know, he got his wish last summer, joining Tottenham for an astonishing club record deal at £30m – a fee that looks all the more ridiculous given how poorly he’s performed for Spurs thus far.
Over a year into his Tottenham career, the Frenchman scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win over Huddersfield last weekend and, by all accounts, he has enjoyed a slight upturn in form so far this season, earning him a recall to the latest French squad for this month’s World Cup Qualifiers.
Speaking to FootMercato, here’s what Moussa has had to say about his Newcastle United, praising the club’s start to life back in the top flight:
“I am very happy for them because Newcastle is a club that deserves to be where it is now.
“They are making a good start to the season, although the first two games have been difficult (defeats). But they got better.
“Yesterday they got a result 1-1 against Liverpool. I wish them good luck.
“They take points. They are well positioned. I hope that they will have a good season and that they will continue for next year to have better objectives.”
Surprisingly complimentary given the treatment he’s likely to have received from Newcastle fans over the past 12 months or so. Sissoko was on Tyneside for four years after all, and despite his time at the club ending rather sourly, he must have enjoyed some memorable moments over that spell.
He may be enjoying an upturn in form at Spurs, but Moussa Sissoko is another name to add to the ongoing list that shows ‘the grass isn’t always greener on the other side’.
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About Olly Hawkins
Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.