MOUSSA Sissoko’s convinced he made the right move in joining Newcastle United.
And the midfielder – arguably the signing of last month’s transfer window – is determined to build on his stunning introduction to English football.
Sissoko’s two second-half goals saw Newcastle come from behind to beat Chelsea at St James’s Park on Saturday.
United were struggling for form before the powerful 23-year-old’s arrival on Tyneside.
But the France international – who set up Papiss Demba Cisse’s winner over Aston Villa on his debut – has hit the ground running, and he says the victory, which lifted Newcastle six points clear of the relegation zone, was a great feeling.
“It’s up there with my best moments of my career,” Sissoko told the Gazette.
“I’m not sure if it’s quite the best yet, but to score on my home debut, and get a brace against the European champions Chelsea and come away with three points, is absolutely fantastic.
“Even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined that! I’m happy to come away with the victory. We now have the confidence to go on and win more games.”
Sissoko would have been forgiven for having second thoughts about joining United given the club’s plight at the wrong end of the table.
But the quality in manager Alan Pardew’s squad convinced him the team could pull away from relegation trouble once players returning from injury.
“I knew full well the position Newcastle were in,” said Sissoko. “But I wasn’t too worried because I knew there had been some injuries.
“The second half (of the season) is going to be very different.
“Along with the new signings we’ve made, I’m happy to bring positives and strengths to the team. We hope to continue do well.”
Newcastle are now looking up the table, and Sissoko is optimistic the team can build on a remarkable few days and continue to climb the Premier League.
“Since I arrived I said we could really move up the league table,” said Sissoko, signed from Toulouse for what is looking a bargain £1.8m fee.
“We can finish in a much better position. Now we’ve had two victories since I’ve been here and that’s fantastic, but we must not get too complacent.
“It isn’t going to be easy – it will probably be even harder. It’s something we’re ready for and we’ll keep battling.”
Sissoko and his team-mates applauded the fans after the final whistle, just as they had done at Villa Park four days earlier.
“The idea came from our first match at Aston Villa,” he said.
“Yohan Cabaye said we had to go over to the fans and thank them. He suggested it again after Chelsea.
“Their support was brilliant. The fact that we came away with a victory was also thanks to their support.
“I couldn’t play the full 90 minutes last time (against Villa), but the public supported me all the way through against Chelsea.
“I was lucky enough to get two goals, but we can’t forget this was a team performance. The whole team went out and performed.”