Sissoko: I need to be cooler in front of goal for Newcastle

The Magpies midfielder admits he could be scoring even more and is hoping to play in France's World Cup qualifier with Spain, despite uncertainty over his position
Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko believes he can still improve his game, despite making an impressive start to his Premier League career.

Sissoko has scored three goals in seven games and picked up a Player of the Month trophy since his January switch from Toulouse.

But the 23-year-old thinks he can score even more goals, admitting his composure in front of goal is sometimes lacking.

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Sissoko told Sky Sports News: “The main thing I lack is that I miss too many opportunities. I spoil it, I rush it. I was criticised for that at Toulouse, and there are also the critics at Newcastle.

“I score quite rarely considering the opportunities I get. I just have to take my time and be more accurate, be less powerful.”

The former Toulouse man also revealed France boss Didier Deschamps has teased him about his more advanced position at St James' Park.

He added: “The day before playing the friendly against Germany, Didier teased me about the number 10 position I have in Newcastle, telling me I should not expect to play just behind Karim Benzema.

“I don’t consider myself as a playmaker, but at Newcastle I bring my speed in the gaps.”

Sissoko is eyeing a role against Spain on Tuesday night, and is adamant he is happy to play in any position he is asked to.

“Will I play on Tuesday against Spain? I like to play in the centre as at Newcastle or a bit more in defence, but I won’t ask for anything," he continued.

“If I have to play on the right, that would be great.”