After experiencing an unquestionably poor start to the season – one in which Newcastle United have rather typically singled themselves out as clear relegation favourites yet again – the Magpies certainly have an uphill battle to climb in restoring some pride back on Tyneside.
Steve McClaren looks utterly void of confidence and know-how inside the St. James’ dug-out, the team seem largely incapable of providing a decent enough goal threat within the final third – and when it has come to keeping things solid at the back this term, the Magpies have somehow looked even worse than local neighbours Sunderland in recent weeks.
The entire club seems to lack quality and class all the way up from Mike Ashley in the Newcastle director’s box, to almost every single player operating out on the field this season. For what has been a scarily sustained period of time now for the St. James’ faithful, their team just doesn’t seem up for the fight.
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So then, as Moussa Sissoko certainly goes down as one of the worst offenders on Tyneside regarding pure heart and determination alone, is it time Newcastle United ultimately looked to part ways with their inconsistent midfielders this January?
Although it may seem somewhat peculiar to want rid of one of the most potentially influential assets currently available to Steve McClaren, the 26-year-old Frenchman has simply failed to pull his weight in the North East for way too long now.
On his day, the marauding midfielder can indeed do the business for the Magpies – as was seen across the 6-2 destruction of Norwich City earlier on in the campaign, but the problem for Sissoko however, is that ‘his day’ just doesn’t come around nearly enough to satisfy the St. James’ faithful.
Newcastle are seemingly struggling at the minute because certain players are failing to give a proper account of themselves on Tyneside. Every sincere Magpies fan will be fully aware of what someone like Moussa Sissoko has to offer in the Premier League, yet as it seems as if the no. 7 only really turns up when he feels like it, Steve McClaren’s marquee man doesn’t do enough to warrant a regular place within his manager’s first team plans.
His position has been toyed around with so much during his stay among the English top-flight, that it has now become fairly difficult to know just how to best utilize the misfiring 26-year-old in 2015/16. Whilst poor man-management has therefore admittedly impacted Sissoko’s overall game on Tyneside, the player himself can provide no excuse for his seeming lack of effort on a week-to-week basis.
However, because the current Newcastle United squad isn’t exactly brimming with talent from all angles, dropping Moussa Sissoko would seemingly go down as a somewhat controversial choice. McClaren finds himself in a catch-22 situation at the minute – for he is pretty much damned if he does, yet also damned if he doesn’t. It’s certainly hard to imagine how the Magpies can successfully rise out of the relegation zone this season without some major investment being carried out across the course of the January transfer window.
Such an outcome remains a great shame of course, for when the former Toulouse FC man first arrived among the Premier League back in the winter of 2013, Newcastle clearly believed they had a top talent on their hands. Sissoko’s reputation within Ligue 1 looked pretty impressive to say the very least – and as the out-of-sorts attacker still finds himself with an illustrious role among the French national team at the moment – Steve McClaren obviously isn’t witnessing the same level of output from the player that Didier Deschamps may very well receive on the international scene.
In the end, Sissoko is just not a leader – and is severely limited without the presence of a strong captain alongside him on the pitch. His head drops far too often to be relied upon at St James’, and whilst he does in-fact possess some indisputable match-winning abilities from time to time, this is a player who clearly lacks the will and desire to survive the notorious relegation dog-fight. Sometimes pure footballing ability alone actually isn’t enough…
So, although reports linking the 26-year-old with a move to AC Milan seem a very, very long way off now, Newcastle must rid their squad of consistent under-performers this January – with Moussa Sissoko simply representing the ideal place to start.