Newcastle boss wants this midfielder to be his new Cabaye - who?

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Alan Pardew has set his sights on a long-term successor for Yohan Cabaye.

But the Newcastle United boss isn't looking very far.

Indeed, a problem like Cabaye is, according to Pardew, solved by looking rather close to home.

The answer, the 53-year-old says, is Moussa Sissoko.

“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."

During Newcastle's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, stats show there are some credence to Pardew's claims.

Despite his glaring miss in injury time - when a goal could have won the Magpies a point - Sissoko was as important as anyone to his side over the course of 90 minutes.

  TeamPosAccurate PassesTouchesSuccessful Final-Third PassesDribbles WonAppsMins
Moussa Sissoko Newcastle MF 48 73 20 3 1 90
Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle DF 42 56 1 0 1 90
Daryl Janmaat Newcastle DF 41 78 8 0 1 90
Rémy Cabella Newcastle MF 39 80 14 4 1 90

Indeed, no one made more accurate passes for the home team - nor did anyone come close to completing as many as his 20 final-third passes.

Only Remy Cabella won more dribbles, meanwhile, while Cabella and Daryl Janmaat were the only players to take more touches.

“I think Moussa is a player who can grow. And I think he can improve both for us and for France," Pardew continued.

“He’s a huge character as well as an important player for us and we will see more of his character this year.

“He has a winning mentality and we are looking forward to a big season from him.”

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