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Moussa Sissoko will have to earn a move to a bigger club

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Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has made no secret  of his desire to play for one of the Premier League's top clubs.

But in what is his fourth season in the English top flight, the Frenchman may still have a lot more to prove before he pulls on a shirt for a side challenging at the top end of the table.

Sissoko was a big part of Newcastle's demolition of Norwich City at St. James' Park on Sunday, providing three assists as the Magpies defeated the newly promoted side 6-2.

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"You are going to have good days and bad days with Sissoko - this is definitely a good one," Mark Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

"I was at St James' Park for Match of the Day 2 and it was great to see the crowd get so excited when he was on the ball.

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"When Sissoko gets into his stride, his pace and strength meant the Norwich defence found him very difficult to stop.

"He was also very direct, which made him even more dangerous. He made three of the goals and was heavily involved in another two so, when he gets his head up, he can obviously pick a pass too."

The former Liverpool defender added, "Sissoko is a fantastic talent, but McClaren needs to work out where to play him to get the best out of him."

Performances like the one against Norwich on a more consistent basis should earn the Frenchman the move of his dreams, and his manager Steve McClaren has confidence he will continue to perform well.

"It was great to see Wijnaldum get the rewards and I thought Moussa [Sissoko] as well showed today what he's capable of doing. He wants to be a top-four player, he will be if he keeps playing like that. And along with Ayoze [Perez] and [Aleksandar] Mitrovic we had a good front four who caused Norwich problems," McClaren said.

The Magpies face fierce local rivals Sunderland next in the Wear-Tyne derby and the Toon army will be hoping Sissoko can continue his fine form to earn them only their second win of the season.

However, the St. James' Park faithful should be warned: An in-form Sissoko could catch the eye of one of the big boys and McClaren would then face a fight to keep his number seven.

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