Moussa Sissoko says that despite the position Newcastle find themselves in with only eight matches remaining, he is confident that United will survive and that process will start on Saturday at Norwich.

With only six wins in 30 Premier League games it is hard to match that up with the Moussa Sissoko assertion that ‘We are a really good team’.

Difficult to claim this season that any Newcastle player is ‘really good’, never mind the team overall.

Moussa Sissoko himself, hasn’t scored a goal all season and three of his five assists came in the crazy 6-2 win over Norwich.

Many Newcastle fans will feel it is a little shameless/laughable that Sissoko can come out with statements such as this, when he has contributed so little himself.

It remains to be seen where Rafa Benitez employs the French international on Saturday, after he finished the game against Sunderland as an emergency left-back.

After he has been disappointing it seems a bit strange to say this but I think Moussa Sissoko would be wasted as a defender.

I think he has to be employed in the middle of the pitch alongside Jonjo Shelvey and be therefore forced to be more involved in the games and bring his stamina into play.

He is one the few Newcastle players who we know is capable of much better, when he chooses to show it.

Moussa Sissoko has only played 24 minutes of France’s wins over Holland and Russia (last night) so he should ready to bust a gut on Saturday in the much win game against Norwich.

Maybe the fact he hasn’t started either of these friendlies will remind Sissoko that his international place is not guaranteed, possibly waking him up from his fantasy that he and his team-mates have played anything like well this season and need to do so much better both for the Newcastle fans and his own personal ambitions.

Moussa Sissoko talking to Sky Sports:

“We are a really good team.

“We need to show it on the pitch, so we have a massive game against Norwich away.

“It is a final for us and so we will go there and give it everything and hopefully come back with three points.

“We all know he (Rafa Benitez) is a good manager, a lot of experience with a lot of teams.

“He came here to help us stay in the Premier League and I’m confident we will do it and we will start on Saturday.”