“Newcastle have other skilful players like Ayoze Perez who can get their fans on their feet but the difference with Sissoko is that he glides past defenders rather than dribbles around them,” the former Liverpool defender told BBC Sport.
“When Sissoko got 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.”
Lawrenson was referring to Sissoko’s performance for Newcastle against Norwich City at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
The France international midfielder provided as many as three assists, as the Magpies got the better of Norwich 6-2 at home.
It was the 26-year-old’s best performance for Newcastle this season, and fans will hope that he continues to play well.
Sissoko is a very good player, but the midfielder lacked consistency last season and did not look like a driving force.
Perhaps this campaign the former Toulouse star will raise his game and show his quality.
Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with six points from nine matches. The Magpies will take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the league on Sunday.