Alan Pardew certainly knows the French transfer market well and he certainly knows the right sort of player to go after who is going to come in and work well for Newcastle United.
Moussa Sissoko cost £1.8 million from French side Toulouse. Amazing because if any club tried to buy him off of Newcastle right now, the Toon would rightly demand silly money for him.
For good reason too. He was unbelievable against Chelsea and gave the Toon Army their latest star to sing about and get behind over the rest of the season.
Sissoko is an dynamic midfielder with the thrust of an attacking playmaker who has got everything; height, strength, power, pace, skill and many more attributes which could be inserted here.
Pardew deserves praise for not only spotting him but finding a player who seems to fit the philosophy of Newcastle as a player, as opposed to bringing someone in who fits the philosophy of the coach.
He also deserves praise for taking a gamble on him because few other Premier League managers would have thrown such a player in at the deep end. Sissoko seemed to relish the challenge and will quickly become a staple name in the North East.
He seems to have a very sound all around game. He can pass well, he can pop into pockets of space around the pitch and he’s quick enough to fly down either wing against the quickest of full backs.
It really is a remarkable piece of business in a football world where Championship clubs are refusing to sell their players for less than just under the £10 million mark.
Players who are nowhere near the level of someone like Sissoko and players who have no first team experience in a top flight of European football.
If he maintains the sort of performance he produced against Chelsea over the weekend, there will be several clubs sniffing around him on the summer transfer window.
The good news for Newcastle fans and the club in general is that Pardew knows how to protect this sort of player and if his hand is forced, he knows how to grind out the biggest price for this sort of player.
It’s even emerged that Newcastle could have signed him for nothing this summer if they’d been patient enough to wait.
Newcastle fans, what do you make of your new signing?
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