Moussa Sissoko


Name: Moussa Sissoko
Squad number: 7
Nationality: French
Born: 16th August, 1989, Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
Height: 187cm
Weight: 92kg
Previous clubs: Toulouse
Signed: January 2013, from Toulouse
Newcastle United debut: 29th January, 2013 v Aston Villa (a), Premier League
Position: Midfielder



Moussa Sissoko joined Newcastle United on 21st January, 2013, from Toulouse for an undisclosed fee.


The powerful midfielder signed a six-and-a-half year deal at St. James' Park and was handed the number seven shirt, making an instant impression for the Magpies.


Sissoko's debut came against Aston Villa, where he provided an assist for Papiss Cisse in a crucial 2-1 away victory, and then he followed it up with a match-winning brace - his first goals for the Club - in a last-gasp win over Chelsea.


The French international quickly became a key figure in the famous black and white striped shirt, helping United reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.


Since then, he has impressed in a variety of midfield roles and, as well as captaining the Magpies on a number of occasions, scored a crucial goal on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.



Early Days

Born in Le Blanc-Mesnil, in France, Sissoko played for a number of local clubs as a youngster before joining the Toulouse under-14 team in 2003.


Having progressed through the ranks, he signed his first professional contract midway through the 2006/07 campaign and a professional debut swiftly followed - in August 2007 - as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat to Valenciennes.


Sissoko went on to become a key figure for Toulouse, appearing in the Champions League and Europa League during 218 appearances for the club.



International Career

After representing France at every level from under-16 to under-21, Sissoko made his senior bow for Les Bleus in October 2009 in a World Cup qualifying win over the Faroe Islands.


The midfielder was named in the France squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was a regular performer and scored his first international goal - in a 5-2 victory over Switzerland.