Current Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was out of action for this weekend’s fixture with QPR, and vice-captains Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong suffered the same fate as their Argentine leader.
In the absence of the three first-choice captains, manager Alan Pardew named French international Moussa Sissoko as captain for the game - which was won 1-0 - and it is a role the 25-year-old is likely to continue this coming weekend, as the Magpies face West Ham United on Saturday.
Rather than suffering from the added pressure associated with leading his teammates, the 27-capped midfielder excelled in his new central role, scoring the only goal of the game and claiming the man of the match award.
Although he is likely to continue as captain heading into the next weekend, Premier League veteran Coloccini is sure to fulfil the role on his return to full fitness, but Pardew admitted that Sissoko has all the attributes needed to excel as a captain at St James’ Park - with him potentially taking over the role in the long-term.
“Long term, I do see Moussa as potential captain of this club,” the 53-year-old told the Chronicle.
“I wondered if giving him the captaincy might just knock him off kilt because he’s been brilliant.
“But it didn’t. He just put the armband on and played his normal game. I don’t think he was any better than he has been because it is very difficult to be better than he was at West Brom.”
Being touted as a future captain has been the pinnacle of an incredible turnaround by Sissoko in early weeks of this season, considering his poor form in the opening stages of the campaign. Since moving into the withdrawn number 10 role left vacant by Yohan Cabaye’s departure at the beginning of 2014, the 25-year-old has focused his play around his physical strengths, and the benefit felt to himself has shown heavily on some massively improved team performances.