Punt of the Week - Gameweek 27 - Moussa Sissoko


With Liverpool and Swansea making or breaking our gameweek last time out, there will be many managers out there needing to make a few transfers to field a full complement of players this time around. If you’re looking for a bargain player who is bang in form and has a decent fixture list then look no further than this weeks punt, Moussa Sissoko.

The Potential

The recent signing from Toulouse couldn’t have had a better start to his career on tyneside with a storming 25 points in his first 3 matches. Two assists on his travels and a brace against Chelsea at home shows the 6 ft 2 inch midfielders ability to produce against the big teams and could force his way into our fantasy reckoning very soon if not already.

The fixture list ahead looks excellent over the next seven gameweeks with home games against SOT, STO, FUL and SUN sandwiched between trips away against SWA, WIG and MCY.

With Swansea potentially having a League Cup hangover and Wigan struggling in the league, it only leaves Manchester City where in form Newcastle could fail to register any points.

With Sissoko playing in the hole behind Cisse, personally I can see his excellent form continuing. With only 7% of managers owning Sissoko it could be a great time to pick him, and he could be the second half of the seasons Michu! If he’s not then at 6.2m he’s easily droppable. With Sunderland also having a good list of fixtures Sissoko will also rotate well with any black cat in your side.

The Risk

With Sissoko hitting the ground running so well, many managers including myself have taken the gamble on the Frenchman, but it comes with a risk. At Toulouse Sissoko was much less prolific with 20 goals in 192 appearances. This weekends opponents Southampton under Pochettino are playing well and will be no pushovers as they continue their high tempo pressing style game and Newcastle will need to be ready after a European trip in midweek.

Another point to note is that Hatem Ben Arfa is slowly nearing fitness and will surely steal some points from Sissoko’s door. Newcastle are 16th and are there for a reason, despite a few good results, and will need to continue to improve otherwise come May the Geordies will be chewing those nails to the core.

The Verdict

It’s a predicament us managers have every week, jump on the latest bandwagon or hold firm and hope it passes. Sissoko is the latest dilemma for us all to ponder. His price says he’s worth the gamble for his form, with Ben Arfa due back soon and Cisse overdue a few points, will Sissoko triumph? That’s not for me to say but I’m with the 100,000 or so that have brought him in!