Moussa Sissoko has declared that he is ‘very happy’ at Newcastle United.

That may well be true but I think that we all have to accept by now, he thinks he could be ‘very very happy’ at another club, one playing in the Champions League.

To be honest, nothing really wrong with that, all players should really aspire to be the best they can be and test themselves at the highest level.

After all, he wasn’t born in Scotswood or Byker and like almost every other player that Newcastle or any other club sign, you know that at some point they will move on.

The test for the player of course is just what he gives you in the meantime.

I’m not sure what kind of player Moussa Sissoko really is, although I have a feeling he could be anything he wants to be, if he really puts his mind to it.

He has all the natural advantages with his height, athleticism and physique, as compared to say a Vurnon Anita…

When Sissoko arrived at Newcastle he looked like he was going to be an exceptional player.

He looked to have it all in some matches, he dominated Chelsea and they couldn’t match his power and running, when he gave Ashley Cole a few yards start and then left him for dead…it was truly exhilarating.

The night that Newcastle unluckily went out of the Europa League to Benfica he was inspirational. Against a very good opposition, Moussa Sissoko tried to win the match on his own as his turn of pace regularly left our other players for dead as they couldn’t keep up with him.

It is now almost three years at St James Park and a bit like the team/club overall, Sissoko appeared to stagnate under Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley’s failure to allow essential strengthening of the squad.

Question is, can Steve McClaren and the new signings help Moussa Sissoko to come back out of his shell and rediscover what we saw when he first arrived on Tyneside? Maybe cutting out irritating interviews (see HERE) when he is away on international duty won’t do any harm either…

With better players, especially in the attacking third, the hope must be that they can help create the space he needs to use his turn of pace and power.

If he can do this then we will all be happy this season, no one more than Moussa Sissoko himself. If he doesn’t step it up then I fail to see any real top team looking twice at him next summer when I’m sure he will be looking to leave.

Moussa Sissoko:

“I’m very happy here (at Newcastle), I am very happy with the players, the staff…everybody.

“When I am out on the pitch I try to do my best. I was fit to play (v Arsenal) and I try my best for the team. We go to West Ham to win the game and I know it is a tough place to win but we can.”

Players wearing suits/Tuxedos on match days:

“It is very good, I think it’s a good thing for the team, everyone is smart and looks fantastic.”