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Pardew insists Sissoko’s best on the wing

NET GAIN ... Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring his second goal of the game against Hull.

NET GAIN ... Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring his second goal of the game against Hull.

MOUSSA Sissoko’s right at home at Newcastle United – on the wing.

Sissoko scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium.

The powerful midfielder’s best position has been debated since he arrived on Tyneside almost 14 months ago.

Sissoko, often used as a No10, is seen as a box-to-box midfielder by many supporters, and there were doubts raised when the 24-year-old featured on the right side of midfield earlier this season.

But his partnership with right-back Mathieu Debuchy flourished, and Sissoko was again fielded on the wing in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa eight days ago.

And against Hull he put in a match-winning performance.

Sissoko struck a fine first-time shot to open the scoring after Debuchy pulled the ball back for him from the byline.

And he reacted first when Allan McGregor parried a shot from Yoan Gouffran.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said: “Moussa was outstanding.

“I think his best performances have been down that side.

“People questioned putting him there at the start of the season, but he’s proved that that’s probably his best role.

Forward Hatem Ben Arfa, preferred on the right by many United fans, missed the Hull game with what Pardew described as a “knock”.

Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has been forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Serbia with a knee problem.

The 27-year-old had been hoping to win his first senior international cap.

Pardew named 20-year-old Jak Alnwick on the bench against Hull with Elliot unavailable.

Twitter: @milesstarforth

 

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