As always Newcastle United picked up the bargain of the Transfer Wndow after snapping up French International and former Toulouse player Moussa Sissoko for a reported £2.2 million pounds.
The well-known and highly respected central midfield enforcer has been linked with the magpies for just over a year and other clubs including Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, but after numerous disputes and no deals between the clubs, finally Sissoko got what he wanted.
On Newcastle’s official website he stated; “I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player, this is a massive club playing in the best league in the world, and my style of play is suited to the Premier League”.
Understandably it must have been hard for Sissoko to leave Toulouse after being with them since the age of 13, but this move should prove to be a positive thing for him in moving his career forward.
Sissoko racked up over 200 appearances for Toulouse in the 10 years he was there and chipped in with 20 goals. He was a fan favourite and recognised as the face of the Toulouse team despite his young age.
Still at the tender age of 23, Sissoko has been part of the French National Team since the age of 15. After making 51 appearances already over the course of 7 years, Newcastle certainly did their homework.
With Graham Carr as their head scout, Newcastle were always guaranteed to find another gem in this transfer window. Sissoko proved himself on his debut in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa earlier in the week, picking up an assist and plaudits from the commentators and Alan Pardew alike:
“I don’t think we would have won that game if we hadn’t signed Sissoko. That is how important that signing was.”
In the game against Villa, Sissoko proved that he is an all round player. Putting tackles in, winning headers and assisting his team mates. After just one performance it may be too early to give a view on Sissoko, but the facts speak for themselves.
Manchester United spent a reported £17 million pounds on Wilfred Zaha, a young player who is inexperienced in the Premier League and has only earned glowing reports because he has been playing in the Championship.
Compare that to Newcastle who have extensive reports and files on their transfer targets and the best scout in the league. Sissoko cost £2.2 million pounds, has experience in the top league in France and has been in the national side since 2006.
Newcastle may make shrewd signings, but they turn out to be magical players, take Yohan Cabaye for instance. I’m sure Sissoko will prove to be a great addition to a struggling Newcastle team with his pace, strength and vision.
Now tell me he isn’t the best signing of the January Transfer Window?
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