Moussa Sissoko has scored two goals in his 15 appearances for Newcastle so far this season, and on Saturday he got the winner after 78 minutes against QPR, when he took his chance nicely in the penalty area.
Moussa Sissoko after scoring on Saturday
Adding goals to his game is one way the 25 year-old French International can still improve on Tyneside, and since he arrived on Tyneside almost two years ago he’s scored 8 goals in 71 appearances for the Magpies.
But it seems the 6’2″ midfielder has set a goals target for himself this season:
“This season, I want to score between eight and ten goals,” “I am happy to have scored against QPR but I need to score more.”
We’re sure Alan Pardew has been talking to Moussa about adding goals to his game, and he is now playing in central midfield for Newcastle and if he can start scoring goals we will miss Yohan Cabaye even less.
Certainly he’s been a boon to Newcastle over the last couple of months in his new position, which seems to suit his physical style of play and gives Newcastle some real power in midfield.
And it seems local lad Jack Colback is a big fan of Moussa’s – as he had this toi say about the Frenchman:
“He can do everything as a midfielder,” “If he is struggling in the defensive half of the pitch, he just wriggles out and gets you to the edge of the box with his pace and power.”
“He’s a pleasure to play alongside and the type of quality player we want at a club like this.”
Sissoko was captain on Saturday and he has been one of Newcastle’s best players so far this season, and he’s playing the best football we have seen from him since he arrived from Toulouse in January of 2013.
And the change in Newcastle’s form this season seems to have come about after we switched to playing 4-3-3 with Moussa in midfield, after the Newcastle manager had mainly used the Frenchman out on the left wing.
But having his presence more in central midfield has proved out to be a good move by Alan Pardew, who has called him Newcastle’s battering ram in the middle of the park.
He’s made a huge difference to Newcastle so far this season.
What do you think?
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