MOUSSA Sissoko’s right foot could have a big say on Newcastle United’s campaign, according to Alan Pardew.
The midfielder scored a stunning winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park.
Sissoko struck a right-footed thunderbolt from just outside the box which left Boaz Myhill well beaten.
He ran to embrace substitute and close friend Vurnon Anita after scoring what was his first goal in more than nine months.
Sissoko, signed from Toulouse in January, announced his arrival in English football with three goals in his first four Premier League games.
And United manager Pardew – who has fielded Sissoko on the right side of midfield during the club’s four-game winning streak – is looking for him to bring more goals to Newcastle.
“I think we know that Moussa should get more goals,” Pardew said.
“He’s missed a few chances, but that will give him confidence, because it’s a match-winner in a big, big TV game. That’s just going to boost.”
Pardew’s decision to play Sissoko wide right has previously attracted criticism from some supporters, with many believing he is at his best going through the middle.
Yet the France international has come into his own on the wing during the club’s four-game winning streak.
Sissoko – whose form has effectively kept Hatem Ben Arfa out of the side – has made a series of powerful runs going forward. He has also offered his right back protection.
And Pardew believes the position gives him the “licence” to hurt the opposition.
“I think that position gives him licence to go through the middle as well,” said Pardew. “He can come inside. He’s got licence to do that.
“I think he’s going to be an outstanding player for this football club.
“Ultimately, he can play both roles. But at the minute, he’s doing that on the right, and he’s doing it very well.”