Newcastle boss Steve McClaren full of praise for Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has heaped praise on the 'brilliant' Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko.

Newcastle chief Steve McClaren heaped praise on the link-up play between Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko following his side's defeat to Liga MX side Club Atlas in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Sissoko netted for Newcastle in front of a 21,256 crowd at Miller Park, Milwaukee. However, two first-half strikes from Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio gave the Mexican side a 2-1 win at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.

McClaren said after the game on Cisse and Sissoko - two men who could be key for the Magpies in 2015/16: “It is a unique thing. You can see that with the smiles on their faces that they like playing with each other. They combine very well.

“I thought Papiss was brilliant, he held the ball up and he brought people into the game.”

The Magpies have been linked with a number of attacking signings this summer, including the likes of Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic, as reported in the Mirror, and Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. Regardless of those rumours, McClaren is evidently pleased with the effort being put in by the players he already has at his disposal. 

Papiss Cisse ended the previous season with the best strike rate in the Premier League - the Senegalese striker netted 11 times in 22 top-flight appearances. Meanwhile, Sissoko scored on four occasions, while weighing in with a further 43 key passes (including two assists).

This defeat was the former England manager's second match in charge of Newcastle, who will now head to Sacramento, California, for the second leg of their USA tour.

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