Sissoko: It’s a huge game for Newcastle United

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MOUSSA Sissoko is determined to repay Newcastle United’s faith in him – starting at Villa Park in tomorrow night’s crucial Premier League crunch.

Sissoko – Newcastle’s fifth, and arguably most significant, transfer-window signing – hopes to make his debut in the relegation scrap at Villa Park.

The 23-year-old insists he’s ready to be pitched into the battle, saying: “I want to get straight down to playing now, and get to know the players here.

“This is a massive match for us.

“Villa are very close to us, so if we can win, we can make that gap between themselves and us a bit bigger. It’s a match we can’t afford to lose.

“Hopefully, it will be a fantastic match that we come away with three points.”

Match fitness will not be a problem, with Sissoko adding: “Obviously. I played with Toulouse right up until the end of my tenure there, so I’ve never stopped.

“I’m ready to get out on the pitch now. That will start straight away with training, so I can get out on the pitch and start playing well together.”

Newcastle had been looking to bring Sissoko to St James’s Park this summer, but the Magpies’ plight – and the France international’s keenness to join the club – saw the six-and-a-half-year pushed through this month.

“I really, really wanted to be here in January – I wanted to come now,” added box-to-box midfielder Sissoko, who cost a reported £1.8m.

“My agent and I discussed it and negotiated. We wanted to take the best decision. Now I’m here, it’s great for me and great for the club as well.

“I spent 10 years with Toulouse, and they were 10 great years. Now this is a new chapter for me.

“I’m going to try to do at least as well as I did at Toulouse.

“I’m very fortunate to be playing in the Premier League, so it’s up to me to go out and show myself and show what I can do.

“I hope my hard-working attributes help the team.”