Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor excited by arrival of £10 million striker Papiss Cisse

The utility player, who has played in both full-back positions and right midfield for the Magpies this season, also gave credit to manager Alan Pardew for the club's excellent form

Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor is excited by the £10 million January signing of striker Papiss Cisse.

The Senegal international, who scored 37 goals in 65 games for Freiburg before his transfer last week, will not join up with his new Magpies team-mates until after the Africa Cup of Nations has finished or when his side are knocked out of the competition.

Taylor, who has featured heavily for the Tyneside club this season, admitted he had not seen a lot of Demba Ba’s compatriot, but is looking forward to seeing him in action.

“I know we’ve signed a new No.9, but no one’s really seen much of him,” the 27-year-old told Absolute Radio.

“I know he’s obviously a big team member of Demba Ba’s, so yeah, we’re all excited to start working with him and to see what he’s got for us.”

Taylor has played his part in his club's impressive sixth-placed position, playing predominantly at left-back for the north east club this campaign, but he has had spells at right-back and in a wide midfield position.

When asked if he was surprised with how well the club has done, he replied: “I mean… well, when you say ‘surprised’, I mean, there’s only the big clubs above us.

“We’ve had a great season, so we’ve got some great players, you know, the club’s nice and stable now, so it’s going well.

“When you say ‘surprised’, I mean, no one is surprised because we know we’ve got some good players here.”

When asked if reaching 40 points was a target for Newcastle this season, Taylor said: “It was. Well, basically not just to get to 40, it’s to try and reach it as early as possible.

“Coming towards the end of January that’ll be a massive bonus for us because then we can just kick on and enjoy the last half of the season.”

Alan Pardew has been with the Tyneside club for a little over a year now, after replacing Chris Hughton at the helm, and Taylor revealed the club has a more relaxed feel about it nowadays.

He added: He’s just come in with his own plans, his own staff, and he’s brought a number of players in who are completely different characters to what we already had here.

“So, you know, obviously it’s a big thing, that’s going to be all down to the gaffer for the way he’s gone about settling the club down and bringing in some quality additions.

“And to be honest, the place itself now just seems a lot more relaxed and it helps you for when you’ve got a game on the weekend.”

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