MOUSSA Sissoko’s hoping to be Newcastle United’s lucky No7.
The midfielder has made a stunning impact in his career at St James’s Park.
Sissoko’s scored two goals – and set up another for Papiss Demba Cisse – in his three appearances for the club since his transfer-window move from Toulouse.
And the powerful 23-year-old is hoping to start against Metalist Kharkiv at St James’s Park tomorrow night in the first leg of Newcastle’s Europa League Round of 32 tie.
The last player to wear the No7 jersey was Joey Barton, now playing in Sissoko’s native France with Olympique Marseille.
And the shirt was worn with distinction by Kevin Keegan and Robert Lee during their United careers.
Sissoko – who netted two goals on his home debut against Chelsea – was told about the jersey’s history when he was handed it after his £1.8m move.
“When I arrived in Newcastle, I was told that many great players had done very well for the club wearing the No7 shirt,” Sissoko told the Gazette.
“But I’m not giving myself any added pressure with that.
“I’m just going to go out there and play my own game, give as good as I can, and give the best performance I can.
“Obviously, wearing the No7 shirt, for me, doesn’t really change anything.
“I’m here, I want to play well, and I want the whole team to do well.”
Lee famously scored a hat-trick of headers on his European debut away to Royal Antwerp for Newcastle in the 1994-95, then managed by Keegan.
Like Lee, Sissoko likes to get forward from midfield, which was underlined by his performance in the 3-2 win over Chelsea.
Sissoko was added to United’s European squad earlier this month along with fellow new signings Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara.
However, Yoan Gouffran is cup-tied, having played for Bordeaux in the competition, and in any case, the club could only make three additions, only one of which had previously featured in the Champions League, ruling out full-back Mathieu Debuchy, with Yanga-Mbiwa having been chosen ahead of him.
Meanwhile, tickets for the Metalist game are priced £15 for adults and £5 for concessions.
There will also be cash turnstiles on the night (8.05pm kick-off).