Alan Pardew has lauded Moussa Sissoko after the debutant played a vital role in Newcastle's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
The French international, who joined the Premier League outfit last Friday, took just 19 minutes to make a mark in his first taste of the English game by setting up Papiss Cisse for the opening goal. Yohan Cabaye doubled Newcastle’s lead before halftime as the struggling side held on to secure its first away win of the season, and Pardew was delighted with the performance of his new recruit.
Newcastle added five French players during the January window, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Mathieu Debuchy also joining, and, despite Sissoko's excellent display, Pardew feels it will take some time for the new recruits to settle in.
"The French boys certainly felt the difference between Premier League and Ligue 1. A team comes out in Ligue 1 two down, they're going to try and pass through you and create a moment, not in the Premier League, they're coming at you full steam and we got caught out there. That's where they have to learn quickly," Pardew said.
"We worked really hard this week on integrating players, they're not here to save us, they're here to help us. We had a nice night last night in the hotel, you kind of sensed that there was a good feeling amongst them all."