Ex-Newcastle stars Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and James Milner all featured in last night’s Champions League final, and plenty of Toon supporters tuned in to see how the former Mags would fair.
Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 in an uneventful final, where none of the ex-Newcastle stars impressed.
Moussa Sissoko had the most disappointing final of the three, losing the match and making a costly error.
After just 22 seconds, the French midfielder saw a Sadio Mane strike come off his raised arm inside the box.
Although it appeared to have struck his chest first, the referee awarded an instant penalty.
It was a moment of madness which would go on to shape the final.
Mo Salah scored the resulting spot kick, and Spurs’s confidence took a big hit.
Sissoko kept his head up, but did little to make up for his mistake before being substituted in the second half.
Gini Wijnaldum meanwhile was also substituted just after the hour mark, after a similarly poor display.
His replacement James Milner was not much of an improvement, making it a hat-trick of sub-par showings from the ex-Mags.
Milner and Wijnaldum are unlikely to be too bothered though, as both will go home with winner’s medals.
And in fairness to the trio, it was a final in which almost no players shone.
For many Newcastle fans it was for the best, as to see them impress on the biggest stage would have been frustrating.
Wijnaldum and Sissoko were the core of Newcastle’s midfield in 2016, yet could not save the Toon from relegation.
Some fans even accused the pair of going missing in important matches, unwilling to fight for survival.
To see either then go on to dictate a Champions League final would have definitely left a bitter taste in the mouth.
Toon supporters have been having their say on the duo’s performance, and many believe that their true colours were on show last night.
Newcastle fans react to Sissoko and Wijnaldum performances
— Fraser Bell (@fbell14) June 1, 2019
If Wijnaldum and Sissoko had played like this for #NUFC in the 2015/16 season we would have been relegated by Christmas
— Kris (@KrisDoog) June 1, 2019
Moussa and Gini having the sort of game they had when they played for #NUFC – both subbed.
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) June 1, 2019
— Outofhand32 (@Outofhand32) June 2, 2019
Moussa Sissoko lost Tottenham the European title.
— Newcastle Blue Star (@NUFCBluestar) June 1, 2019
— Jonathan Jones (@cornedbeefpie) June 1, 2019
Sissoko for years at #Nufc stated he wanted to leave to play champions league football, he finally gets his wish and gives away a penalty that could cost his side the game in the final, karma at its very very finest here
— Adam Tynemouth (@AdamTynemouth92) June 1, 2019
— Toe Knee (@ToeKneesTweets) June 1, 2019
— Olly Hawkins (@Olly_Hawk) June 1, 2019