Moussa Sissoko on dressing in tuxedos and a licence to thrill at Newcastle

Moussa Sissko
Moussa Sissko

Newcastle United’s players are dressed to kill this season – and Steve McClaren will give them a licence to thrill.

Head coach Steve McClaren ordered his squad to turn up for matches in suits.

And new boys Florian Thauvin and Chancel Mbemba went one step further by wearing dinner jackets to St James’s Park.

Newcastle, without a win in the Premier League, haven’t been so sharp on the field so far this season.

But midfielder Moussa Sissoko feels McClaren’s side can get off the mark in Monday night’s televised game against West Ham United.

Sissoko, dismissed in Newcastle’s last visit to Upton Park, insists the team will head to east London with “ambition”.

Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin

“We go to West Ham to win the game,” said Sissoko, sent off for a second bookable offence in last November’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham.

“I know it is a tough place to win, but we can.

“We are a good team. We go there with ambition – we can win. We go to West Ham and hope we can come back with the three points.”

McClaren wants his team to play from the back – and attack with pace.

It’s very good – everyone is smart and looks fantastic.

And Sissoko and his team-mates have bought into his footballing philosophy.

Sissoko also believes McClaren’s dress code is good for the team, though he has stopped short of wearing a bow tie himself.

“It’s very good – everyone is smart and looks fantastic,” said the France international. “I think it’s a good thing for the team.”

Newcastle “vetoed” a summer exit for Sissoko, who has long been linked with a move away from St James’s Park.

And the 26-year-old – who could sign an improved deal at St James’s Park over the coming weeks – reiterated his commitment to the club after the club’s 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

“I’m very happy here,” he said. “I’m very happy with the players, the staff – everybody.

“When I’m on the pitch I try to do my best. I was fit to play (against Arsenal), and I tried to do my best for the team.

“That is my job. I’m still here. I have four years left on my contract. I will work hard for this team.”