Alan Pardew: 'Moussa Sissoko can be a leader for Newcastle United'

Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United looks to get past Ryan Bertrand of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 23, 2014
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Alan Pardew believes that Moussa Sissoko will take on a leadership role for Newcastle United this season.

Alan Pardew has claimed that Moussa Sissoko can take on a leadership role for Newcastle United this season.

The Magpies boss believes that the club lost a key leader on the pitch when Yohan Cabaye joined Paris Saint-Germain in January, but is confident that Sissoko can fill the void created by his fellow Frenchman's departure.

"Cabaye was our leader on the pitch in the way he pulled the strings and dictated the pace," Pardew told reporters. "Moussa is a different type of player but he can lead us with his spirit and his drive.

"They are his strengths. He has such tremendous power and in the Premier League that is so important.

"He's a huge character as well as a very important player for us, and we will see more of his character this year."

Newcastle return to action against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

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