Moussa Sissoko must be absolutely fuming – but I’ve got absolutely no sympathy

As I watched France lift the World Cup crown, a slightly sadistic thought entered my mind. ‘Moussa Sissoko must be absolutely fuming.’

I mean, I’m sure he was happy for his teammates and delighted to see his country win the biggest trophy in world football, but it must’ve been a bitter pill to swallow for a player who holds himself in such high regard (remember when he thought the world owed him Champions League football despite him failing to pull his weight or put three passes together in a black and white shirt?)

Why would he be so disheartened you may ask? Well, this is a man who’s been included in practically all of Deschamps’ previous squads, starred for them during Euro 2016 and got his big move to Spurs as a result, yet, after all that, he’s ended up missing out on a World Cup winners medal.

Prior to France’s World Cup glory there were several shouts for Didier Deschamps to be sacked. A lot of people in and around the French set up weren’t a fan – but one of those people was most definitely Moussa Sissoko.

Despite his stuttering form for Newcastle and struggles since making a big money move to Spurs, the powerful Frenchman was nearly always included in Deschamps squads for international friendlies – with him famously starring in Euro 2016 which ultimately earned him that £30m move to Spurs.

To put Deschamps’ loyalty to Sissoko into context,  two years ago N’Golo Kante was an unused substitute as Moussa Sissoko started and finished the Euro 2016 final which France ended up losing to Portugal.

With his international career now a thing of the past in this golden generation of French stars and his first-team opportunities at Spurs about as limited as Jack Colback’s ability to play forward passes, is this another case of ‘the grass isn’t always greener’?

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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.

9 thoughts on “Moussa Sissoko must be absolutely fuming – but I’ve got absolutely no sympathy

  1. I hope your bitter angry grudge goes away Olly.
    Trying to cast aspersions on a past player for Newcastle does not become the team.
    Nobody has more right to attack their own team than Newcastle – but save your
    vitriol for Mike Ashley who has strived incessantly to take great and make it mediocre.

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  2. Who convinced Daniel levy to sign this talentless clown in the first place?ashley must have laughed his ******* off to get 30mill for him,first touch like a puppy with a beachball,never be able to find another mug to take him off our hands!!

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  3. Druid:
    I hope your bitter angry grudge goes away Olly.
    Trying to cast aspersions on a past player for Newcastle does not become the team.
    Nobody has more right to attack their own teamthan Newcastle – but save your
    vitriol for Mike Ashley who has strived incessantly to take great and make it mediocre.

    I’m not particularly fussed, but I did find this amusing. Mind seem pathetic to you, but I’m allowed to get a kick from it given the way he acted prior to jumping ship.

    Don’t think you’ll find many NUFC fans who have a good thing to say about him..

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  4. Sissoko is one of a long line of flops that Spurs have continued to buy over the last few years. Sissoko is the worst out of all of them.

    Stephen Halliwell’s description is very accurate.

    This is a player who looked out of his depth when Spurs played Newport County and Rochdale in the cup.

    At 30 million, he is easily Spurs worst ever buy.

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  5. And how much sympathy do you think Sissoko has for our current plight? We’re hardly in any position to be laughing at anybody right now, living in the biggest glass house since Crystal Palace burnt down.

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  6. Agent Mike is doing a great job. Sissoko will score in 3 weeks time and kiss the badge to show Geordies what you are missing ???

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  7. I’m not a fan of Sissoko but your research is somewhat lacking. Sissoko doesn’t struggle for first team starts, in fact last year he was the most used outfield player for Spurs. If anything this strengthens your point as despite these appearances he still couldn’t make the France squad.

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  8. Olly Hawkins: I’m not particularly fussed, but I did find this amusing. Mind seem pathetic to you, but I’m allowed to get a kick from it given the way he acted prior to jumping ship.

    Don’t think you’ll find many NUFC fans who have a good thing to say about him..

    Yes it does seem pathetic. Please don’t stoop to the low levels of The Mag.

    You mention Kante not getting in the French team, but Sissoko wasn’t keeping him out – Sissoko was playing on the right in Euro 2016. I think Cabaye was still playing in the centre.

    Sissoko lost his place in the team to Mbappe, the second most expensive player ever. The youngest French player ever to score at the World Cup, beating Henry’s record, and matching Pele’s record for a teenager scoring a goal in the Final. Many would say, and Sissoko himself probably agrees, that without the prodigious talent that is Mbappe, France wouldn’t have won. His two goals and the penalty he won against Argentina were absolutely massive for the team to progress to the final stages. Sissoko is not known as a goal scorer coming in from the wing, Mbappe is. He scored 10 goals already in the Champions League (in only 17 appearances), the youngest player to do so.

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  9. Dave:
    I’m not a fan of Sissoko but your research is somewhat lacking. Sissoko doesn’t struggle for first team starts, in fact last year he was the most used outfield player for Spurs. If anything this strengthens your point as despite these appearances he still couldn’t make the France squad.

    I don’t make reference to his lack of starts at Spurs? I know he gets ‘used’, but he’s no longer making any impact or getting in the French squad as a result.

    He’s at at a bigger club, he’s on bigger wages and he’s played the odd Champions League game, but ultimately his stock has fallen.

    I’d love to see what someone would offer for him now..

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