Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has told the Sunderland Echo that the current side aren’t bothered about the criticism levelled at them.
Sissoko has suggested the main aim for the team over the rest of the season is to consolidate in the top ten, which he claims is the only thing the players and staff at the club are thinking of.
“The people can talk about us, but we try to do the best every game,” he said.
“We want to finish in the top 10, so every player stays focused at the training ground and every weekend to do the best.”
“We will see where we will be at the end of the season.”
The only way for the Magpies to deal with their critics and the chat about them in various corners of the media is to play well and let their football do the talking.
That sounds cliché, but Newcastle are a side who should be looking to build on a top ten place, maybe even targeting the top eight by the end of the campaign.
John Carver is in a difficult position because he has to try and force the team into the top eight while consolidating the side without knowing whether he will still be the manager next season.
However, he seems to have done a good job in terms of getting everyone focused on the task in hand rather than letting players become distracted by chat outside the squad.
The next chance to put three points on the board arrives this weekend against Everton.