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Moussa Sissoko | Midfielder

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183

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While Georginio Wijnaldum deservedly grabbed the headlines in Newcastle United's 6-2 win against Norwich City, Moussa Sissoko's performance was an eyebrow-raiser for fantasy managers.
The report on Sissoko from the Chronicle makes a valid point. The midfielder has been asked to move all around the midfield under since the days of Alan Pardew, but his role playing in the middle of the pitch rather than out wide shows evidence of a more positive impact for the club. This was highlighted against the Canaries with the three assists he accrued. Anything goes when Newcastle and Sunderland clash, as they will this weekend, but going forward, Sissoko could start piling up a good share of fantasy points, something he has proven capable of for stretches in the past. Oct 20 - 3:18 PM

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Steve McClaren has indicated that Moussa Sissoko has "healed well" this week from the groin injury he suffered in Week 2, but cannot declare the midfielder fit quite yet.

In all leagues other than the official game, given that the Magpies have the early Saturday kickoff, you should be able to get a look at team news in the morning and decide what to do with Sissoko if you own him. Even if he does lace the boots, it is a tough fixture and he may only be used for 45-60 minutes, so it would be recommended to go with another option if at all possible.
Aug 28 - 10:43 AM

Moussa Sissoko will likely miss Week 3 for Newcastle United as he recovers from a groin strain picked up in last weekend's loss to Swansea City.

It is somewhat good news for the Magpies as initial reaction was that it looked to be a serious injury, but now the timetable has been set for two weeks, though Sissoko would like every opportunity to lace his boots this weekend. If you own him in fantasy, plan to be without him for this week and possibly next.
Source: The Mag
Aug 20 - 11:15 AM

Newcastle wrapped up a less-than-impressive preseason with a 0-1 loss to Borussia M'gladbach in front of the St. James' faithful.

That makes three losses and a draw in the Magpies' final four friendlies. While the results "don't matter", it cannot help the morale of a club looking to move ahead from their poor showing last season. On a positive note, the defense wasn't a disaster, as McClaren put forth an experienced line of Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara. Fabricio Coloccini is still missing from the squad, continuing the speculation that he is on the verge of an exit. Chancel Mbemba then should have a very good shot at starting Week 1 after getting a run out today. Odds are, he will partner Taylor next weekend. Taylor is looking the only 4.0 defender in FPL that will be in a Week 1 XI.

Mousa Sissoko put up three shots on target versus West Brom this past weekend on the way to 14 fantasy points.

Sissoko was a bright spot for Newcastle, who haven't had many bright spots in recent weeks. No one on Newcastle right now is guaranteed playing time or is playing very well so whether or not he can keep this up is a big question mark, but it was nice to see some energy from a Newcastle player this past weekend. We don't recommend anyone from Newcastle for the rest of the season, but if you're a big fan, Sissoko could be a nice differential option down the stretch.
May 14 - 12:06 AM

Newcastle United showed some positive signs at times in their match against Liverpool, but a lack of finish and a red card for Moussa Sissoko led to their fifth straight loss.

It looked like the same old song for the Magies when Raheem Sterling cut through the defense like a knife through hot butter in the opening 10 minutes to give the Reds the initial advantage, but credit to the Magpies for not immediately throwing in the towel. They kept the deficit at one for the remainder of the half and began to put pressure on the Reds goal. Ayoze Perez was lively on the ball and Mehdi Abeid of all people was the biggest threat, getting two big chances to equalize but he came up empty. Frustration was building for Sissoko in the second half and a scuffle with Glen Johnson lingered as he would commit a challenge so reckless, he was headed for the showers before a red card was even brandished. It is becoming a broken record in saying this, but the Magpies should have enough points already to stay up but it would sure be good for morale to get a positive result before the finish line.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 13 - 5:10 PM

Moussa Sissoko and Newcastle fell just short of a glorious comeback from two goals down as they fell at home to Arsenal 2-1.

St. James' Park is the site of one of Newcastle's most famous comebacks ever. Arsenal supporters certainly had that 4-4 draw that saw Newcastle erase a 4-0 Arsenal lead in mind as Newcastle staged a massive second half comeback. The Magpies started the match looking like the group that got abused by Everton last weekend but John Carver's halftime speech must have been a good one as they came out a different team. They scored from a Sissoko shot from the top of the box and had multiple chances to draw level with Ayoze Perez looking particularly likely. The comeback fell just short as the match ended 2-1.
Mar 21 - 1:04 PM

Moussa Sissoko was sent off for Newcastle as they lost to West Ham at Upton Park.

Newcastle were already behind to Aaron Cresswell's 56th minute goal when their captain Moussa Sissoko was shown two yellows in the space of a minute to give the Magpies little chance of getting back in to the game. Sissoko will be suspended for the away match against Burnley in Week 14.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Newcastle United continued their sizzling form by winning their fifth consecutive league match and sixth overall as Moussa Sissoko unlocked a goalless affair late on as the Magpies defeat QPR 1-0.

For once, we can anoint a hero not named Ayoze Perez in quite some time. All the credit is deserved for such a fine run of form for Newcastle, but it has not always been in dominant and convincing fashion and today was no exception. The defense, minus Fabricio Coloccini, were able to handle a relatively weak Rangers attack but it was a bittersweet afternoon when Ryan Taylor was forced off with what appeared to be yet another knee injury. The goal was a result of a lively build up, and it was a give and go with Sammy Ameobi that freed Sissoko and created enough space for him to beat the keeper. The Magpies travel to West Ham next in an attempt to keep the streak alive in what promises to be a marquee match.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 12:15:00 PM

Moussa Sissoko will miss out again this weekend as he is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle have been hit by injuries, and have nothing left to play for this season. Sissoko provided a bit of muscle and drive from midfield that they've been lacking in his absence. How much any of it matters at this point, is debatable.
Source: SkySports
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Newcastle United could not find the net against the worst defense in the league, falling to Fulham 1-0.

Newcastle were able to show against Hull City last time out that they were capable of some offensive punch since the departure of Yohan Cabaye, but without Loic Remy leading the line, and the attacking contributions usually provided by Mathieu Debuchy missing as well, there was nothing much happening for the Magpies except for a couple of chances that Fulham keeper David Stockdale was able to handle. Moussa Sissoko, coming off a fine two goal effort, was especially quiet.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Newcastle United awoke from a long stretch of struggling for goals with a four goal effort today, two of which were scored by Moussa Sissoko in a 1-4 battering of Hull City.

The post-Yohan Cabaye era finally looked promising for Magpie fans as Newcastle took advantage of some poor defending as well as displaying a more fluid attack. Sissoko would open the scoring and would add another to give him three on the season in the second half after the Tigers had cut the game close. Loic Remy added to his fine campaign, scoring for the second game in a row, giving him thirteen in total. A late score from Vurnon Anita sealed the three points. Sissoko made an instant fantasy impact when he arrived to St. James' Park last season, so today's performance could be a sign of more productive days ahead.
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 12:16:00 PM

Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko believes that his best position is as a number ten, playing off a lead striker.

Sissoko was played off the striker for most of last season to much controversy. He's seen by many as a box-to-box midfielder, and Newcastle need to find his best role if they are to get the best out of an obviously talented player.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 11:22:00 PM

Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, is still unsure as to what Moussa Sissoko's best position is, and how to use him in the Magpies side. ""You could argue that Moussa Sissoko needs to define a position," Pardew told the Gazette. "He needs to find a position and he needs to be in the first team. If he’s going to play behind the striker, then he needs a few more goals. If he’s going to play through the middle, then who comes out? Is it going to be Cheik Tiote or Yohan Cabaye? Or is he going to play on the side, where he played for France and Toulouse?"

Pardew is going to have to earn his eight-year deal this off-season, and fitting Sissoko into the side is going to be step one. A 4-3-3 seems to make the most sense with the players available. That would mean fantasy prospects for their fullbacks, as well as Hatem Ben Arfa playing a more advanced role.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 04:27:00 PM