Newcastle ace Sissoko happy with role under Pardew

Moussa Sissoko is delighted with his role at Newcastle United.

Moussa Sissoko is delighted with his role at Newcastle United.

France national team coach Didier Deschamps admitted this week that he was surprised to see a player who carved his reputation from being a defensive minded box-to-box player operating just behind the striker, as he did to such effect against Chelsea.

Sissoko revealed: “It was not a surprise to play in the No 10 role as I discussed this with the manager (Alan Pardew) when I first arrived. He told that would be my role in my first two matches.

“I had already played there with Toulouse so I knew the position and I did my best. I think playing there for Newcastle will help my progression.

“Toulouse is a good team with quality players, but offensively there were some difficulties – even if this season was better than the previous one.

“With Newcastle, the team is really more focused on going forward. It is better for me to show my qualities.”

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