Moussa Sissoko has called his time on Tyneside “amazing” ahead of our rip to Vicarage Road this afternoon.
The Watford new boy has also hailed “key player” and fellow Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin, but warns that his side could be stung by other NUFC players if they focus all of their attention on ASM.
The 32-year-old spent three-and-a-half years at Newcastle following a bargain £1.5million move from Toulouse in 2013, and left the club following relegation to the Championship to join Tottenham in 2016.
His time at our club has received mixed reviews by fans, especially after his electric home debut against Chelsea – where he bagged twice – a game that had supporters thinking we had signed a superstar.
This is what he told Watford’s website about his time at St James’ Park:
“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.”
Sissoko also spoke about our danger man Allan Saint-Maximin, urging his teammates not to focus all their attention on the threat that he brings:
“For me, he 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.”