On-form Sissoko targets top-eight finish for Newcastle United

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MIDFIELDER Moussa Sissoko says he’s in the form of his life at Newcastle United – and enjoying every minute on the pitch.

Sissoko captained Alan Pardew’s side to a sixth successive Premier League victory last weekend.

The 25-year-old scored the only goal of the game against Queens Park Rangers, with the victory lifting the Magpies up to fifth in the table.

Sissoko is likely to again wear the skipper’s armband against West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, though vice-captain Cheik Tiote could be fit.

The powerful midfielder has been a revelation during the club’s seven-game unbeaten run in league and cup.

That sequence has taken the Tynesiders, previously in the relegation zone, into a European place and the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

And Sissoko couldn’t be happier with his – and the team’s – form over the past two months.

Asked if he was playing the best football of his career, he said: “Maybe. It’s true, at the moment, I’m playing well and happy.

“I will try to continue like this. If we can finish in the top eight, it will be good for me and the team.”

Sissoko, however, is wary of looking too far ahead.

“It’s too early to say whether we can finish fifth or sixth or seventh,” said the France international.

“We just try to get a lot of points. In the second part of the season, we will see where we can finish.

Sissoko, having got off the mark in the league this season, is keen to bring more goals to Newcastle over the coming weeks and months, having been used in a more advanced role of late.

“I’m not a striker, but I want to score between seven and 10 goals,” he said.

“It was my first goal in the league, and I’m very happy for that.

“I will try to work hard every day. If we can win every game, and if I can score, I will be happy for that.”

Sissoko was in the side that won 3-1 at Upton Park in January thanks to two goals from Yohan Cabaye on what was to prove his last appearance for the club and another from Loic Remy.

West Ham, a point behind Newcastle in sixth, have improved since then, and Sissoko is braced for a testing afternoon in East London.

“West Ham are playing well,” said Sissoko. “It will be a hard game, but we are confident.

“We go to West Ham try to get the three points.”