'Papiss Cisse could be better than Demba Ba' - Newcastle's Alan Pardew

The Senegalese hitman scored on his debut for the Magpies after signing for £9 million, and has received praise from his team-mates and manager alike
Papiss Cisse has won praise from Newcastle team-mate Mike Williamson and boss Alan Pardew after scoring on his debut in the 2-1 home win over Aston Villa.

Cisse came off the the bench after an early injury to Leon Best and went on to crash in the winner from the edge of the box with his weaker left foot after controlling a cross brilliantly.

His Senegal national team colleague Demba Ba had earlier given the home side the lead and the African pair's team-mates and manager are now drawing comparisons.

Defender Mike Williamson told the club’s official website: "Ba has the quality in him that's there for everyone to see, and so has Papiss Cisse.

"He's came in and he's also a threat, and that's given the lads a massive boost - and the crowd.”

"It was only on Friday that he arrived and he was straight into it. What a way to mark your debut.

"He doesn't speak a great deal of English but I'm sure he'll catch on quickly, and the fans will take to him massively now. That'll make his confidence go up and it'll be good for him."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew continued to heap the praise on the £9 million signing from Freiburg, hinting his contribution could even match that of Ba, who has already scored 16 league goals this season.

"He's got a better record than Demba in the Bundesliga,” he told The Northern Echo.

“He's a good age, he's not a novice player, he's been honed and the chances are that he could be better than Demba.

“This is a good player we've got and I thought he showed that. Even with his first movements, I think his first touch was a turn, he looked a threat, but his goal was something special and it lifted the roof off the place. It really was a great hit and it wasn't too bad for his weak foot!"

He also went on to explain that there will be more to come from the Senegalese duo, who have only just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations after the Teranga Lions departed at the group stage.

He continued: "He's had a great start. I didn't want to bring him on that early. Demba and Papiss have been travelling around and then had a long flight back. I didn't think they would be fresh enough to put the performances in they have done."

"I think people have this misconception that they already have this partnership, but they haven't, they've hardly played together.

"They're going to compliment each other well, because Papiss wants to go in behind and Demba wants to come short, so you've got a nice balance there."