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Tuesday 07 February 2012

Ba delighted with Cisse signing

In-form striker believes compatriot will be a hit at Newcastle

Papiss Demba Cisse made an immediate impact against Aston Villa on Sunday

Newcastle striker Demba Ba is confident new signing Papiss Demba Cisse will be a success at the Sports Direct Arena.

Cisse joined the Magpies during the January transfer window but had to wait to make his debut as he was playing with Ba for Senegal in the Africa Cup Of Nations.

But the strike duo returned to club duty last weekend and both were on the scoresheet as Newcastle claimed a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Cisse making it a debut to remember with a stunning winning goal.

"We just need to continue our road, continue doing what we're doing this season and see where we are in the end"
- Demba Ba

"It was a great signing," said Ba. "I was very happy when he signed.

"I wasn't too bothered who we signed as long as we got a new striker it would help us. But fortunately for me it was someone from my country who I know well and I know how good he is.

"He talked to me before he signed a little bit. I just said to him 'Go on - sign'. He asked everything about Newcastle - how were the supporters, the club.

"I've not told him everything because I want him to see for himself what it is like here. But he's going to see it now. He loved the reception he got."

For his part, Cisse paid tribute to the Newcastle support and said he wanted to thank them for the way they welcomed him by helping the club get into Europe.

"I've experienced playing in front of some great crowds in the Bundesliga but nothing quite like this," Cisse told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"At my last club Freiburg the fans were incredible. Here the fans have made me feel very welcome very quickly. I can't thank them enough for that.

"But the best reward for them would be to help get them into Europe – they deserve it."

Ba has been a revelation since joining Newcastle from West Ham last summer, scoring 16 goals in 20 Barclays Premier League appearances.

His goals have helped the Magpies make a serious challenge for a place in the top four and Uefa Champions League qualification.

Newcastle are currently in fifth spot,  only one point off fourth-placed Chelsea.

"I look at the table and think 'Fifth? Woah!," added Ba. "We just need to continue our road, continue doing what we're doing this season and see where we are in the end.

"We need to keep our focus but as long as we do that, we'll have some very good games.

"I don't want to talk about exactly where we'll finish because it depends on a lot of things but as long as we keep going we'll be a dangerous side."

Newcastle's next game is against third-placed Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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Key Points

  • Demba Ba believes Papiss Demba Cisse will be a success at Newcastle
  • Cisse scored a stunning winner against Aston Villa
  • Striker determined to thank fans by getting the club into Europe