Moussa Sissoko is one of Newcastle United's biggest stars, but is he as good as they make out?
I watch Sissoko play for Newcastle every single week and his form is up and down like a yoyo.
You just never know which Sissoko will show up, the brilliant powerhouse who runs the show from midfield, or the lazy, lethargic man who walks around all game and just doesn't want to be there.
It's no secret that Sissoko would like to play in the Champions League, maybe with Arsenal, but I can say for certain that a manager like Arsene Wenger would not accept this kind of fluctuation in form.
At a team like Arsenal you need to be at top gear all the time just to get into the team. With players like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to compete with for a spot in the team, he's going to be playing second fiddle all the time.
If he wants to be a permanent member of a Champions League team with the standard of players that Arsenal have then he seriously needs to turn his attitude around. When you're playing for a team like Newcastle, a player like Sissoko is going to play as long as he's fit.
The most concerning thing about his game is his apparent lack of work-rate. Sissoko shows this on a regular basis. A poignant example occurred during the recent draw with West Brom.
With half an hour left, Newcastle broke away from a Baggies attack and had a chance to get a meaningful attack going, maybe even get a goal.
Sissoko was one of the fastest players on the pitch but he sauntered up the field. He showed absolutely no desire to get into the box or to help out his teammates. The move broke down and, by the final whistle, they were lucky to have a point.
Having said that, when Sissoko does decide to turn up he is undoubtedly the best player on the pitch. He runs the game from that deep-lying midfield role that he is so familiar with, he's just a powerhouse.
He is frighteningly brilliant when he wants to be, but he doesn't want it enough. If he played like that every week rather than once every three weeks, he would be one of the best players in the league and could walk in to any starting lineup.
Sissoko is pretty much nailed on to leave Newcastle this summer, but whether he goes to Arsenal or Rochdale, he needs to change his attitude. If he continues to only turn up every couple of weeks then he will fail big time at a big club.
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