MOUSSA Sissoko believes Newcastle’s French legion will be ready to take the Premier League by storm next season.
The midfielder was one of five new Gallic signings in January as the Magpies splashed the cash in a bid to rescue their faltering season.
After an early upturn in fortunes, which saw wins over Aston Villa and Chelsea, Newcastle’s form dipped alarmingly again, and it wasn’t until the penultimate game of the season that their top-flight survival was secured.
Sissoko was a prime example of early promise disappearing, having made a huge impact on his arrival from Toulouse before fading badly towards the end of the campaign.
However, the 23-year-old insists that once himself, and fellow new boys Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa get a good pre-season behind them, they will help make Newcastle a stronger outfit.
He said: “I’m pretty much happy with everything but next season I hope will be better for me, for the team, for the staff and for the whole city.
“And I’m absolutely sure it will be. Last season was a little bit difficult but in January some great players came in to strengthen the squad.
“They needed some time to bed in but we’ll come back next season and we’ll all be ready together. We can go much higher up the league than we did last season.”
Sissoko plundered three goals in his first four games after his £2m move and was looking like the bargain buy of January before seeing his form tail off towards the end of the campaign.
The powerful France international looked jaded, and he missed the last three games through injury, but believes he will come back from his holiday refreshed and ready for action.
He added: “My first half a season here wasn’t always easy.
“Results were difficult to come by sometimes and we found ourselves in a difficult position, but our target was met.
“We stayed up, so we did that successfully.
“Now it’s time to go away, rest up on our holidays, clear our heads and come back stronger for next season.”