The 26-year-old Frenchman said: “If you look at our team, we have good players. We could finish in the top 10. But for that we have to show every week we are worthy of that.”
The Magpies have picked up just three wins this season, but following a shock victory over Liverpool on Sunday, they moved onto a more respectable points total.
Steve McClaren’s men now sit in 18th place in the Premier League table, joint on 13 points with Bournemouth and Norwich, who are above them on goal difference.
They are only six points off of 13th placed West Brom, and the close nature of this Premier League table means that they are still not cut off form the teams above them.
This is a bonus for Newcastle, given how poorly they have performed at times this season, and Sissoko believes that McClaren has the squad capable to secure a top 10 finish if they start to show some consistency with their results.
Whilst this seems a bold claim, and one that will be hard to fulfil, the nature of this season’s Premier League means that the table could still drastically change over the coming months.
A run of just a few consecutive wins would push Newcastle into the top half of the table, and going on a good run of results over the Christmas period would set the Magpies up for a great second-half of the campaign.
Nothing can be taken for granted this campaign, and although Newcastle have been one of the worst teams in the Premier League this season, they could realistically get into the top 10 at the end of the season with a fantastic set of results in the New Year.