French international midfielder Moussa Sissoko signed for Newcastle from Toulouse near the end of January (via BBC Sport) as part of the Magpies' Gallic-flavored rescue job. Since then, the 23-year-old has done little but impress.
Against Aston Villa in his debut on Jan. 29, he settled into the middle of midfield quickly and set up Papiss Demba Cisse's opening goal. Against third-place Chelsea on Saturday, he turned a 2-1 deficit into an invaluable 3-2 win with a dramatic late brace.
"I gave 100 percent, the very best I could," Sissoko told nufcTV (via ESPN FC). "I was signed to do that, to give everything, to fight from the first to the 90th minute—that's what I try to do."
Besides giving 100 percent, Sissoko also gave Newcastle three massive points as manager Alan Pardew tries to rescue a desperately disappointing season. After Saturday's win, Newcastle find themselves six points above the relegation zone with a squad packed with new talent.
And as icing on the cake, it was also a satisfying victory over former striker Demba Ba and the club who signed him away from St. James' Park in January.
With all the new players at his disposal, Alan Pardew should have little trouble guiding Newcastle out of the relegation scrap. The question is how they arrived there in the first place.