Last winter, they saw Yohan Cabaye leave for Paris Saint Germain and according to the Mirror Online, this January could well see the very same thing happen with Moussa Sissoko – yet with one vital difference.
Sissoko was purchased for £4 million and in the course of half a season has seen his star rise to the tune of interest from Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain – and a price tag of £20 million. Pretty good going, although not unreasonable considering his performances.
Should Newcastle decide to sell him this winter, and the whispers are that they will be doing, there is one vital difference. If PSG are the buyers, not only will cash be coming the way of the Toon Army, but one of their former players will as well.
Cabaye has failed to live up to his own lofty standards since moving to the club last season – and given he is now facing life on the bench, he could well be willing to move back to Newcastle with his tail between his legs – at least for now.
That may be the best case scenario for Newcastle fans given Mike Ashley is clearly more interested in selling their top asset season upon season rather than adding to a squad who show flashes of potential, put together top runs and then seem to be dismantled time and time again.
Cabaye is a proven top class player in the Premier League, but you could forgive the Toon faithful for worrying that he would spend six months in the famous shirt and then be sold to long time suitors Arsenal in the summer for a reasonable amount of cash – again at Ashley’s choosing.
The fans have made their feelings about their owner clear time and time again – and you have to wonder how many January sales or managerial replacements it will take for them to really begin protesting again – or simply come to terms with the fact that they are a selling club and a top ten finish in the league is an achievement.
Worryingly for Ashley, that is not something that seems likely with the fans in the north east as passionate as they come – and ones who have long memories and long to return to their former glory in the top echelons of the Premier League – but to do that they will have to build a side and not dismantle one.
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