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Friday, February 3, 2012
Pardew excited by Cisse

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned the club's fans to strap themselves in for a high-octane ride as new signing Papiss Demba Cisse prepares to make his debut.

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The 26-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning following his return, along with leading scorer Demba Ba, from Senegal's short-lived African Nations Cup campaign.

Pardew would not be drawn on whether or not the pair with start in tandem against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, but he is confident his big-money January signing from Freiburg will make an impact once he does get his chance.

Asked what Cisse will bring to the Magpies, Pardew replied: "Single-minded goalscoring. I don't think he is going to hesitate to shoot, so whether he starts or whether he comes off the bench on Sunday, you are going to see a directness from him.''

Cisse's arrival has been eagerly-anticipated since he put pen to paper during a whirlwind visit to Tyneside before heading off on international duty. Even his new team-mates were eager to see what he could do when they got their first chance this morning.

Pardew said: "Not all the boys did the full session, but they all stayed around and wanted to have a nose and see how he got on. I think he impressed one or two.

"The two guys coming in certainly will have buoyed everybody, and I know there will be a fantastic atmosphere at our place. Whether Cisse starts, whether Demba starts or whether they come off the bench, they are going to have an impact of some type, and I am looking forward to it.

"It's going to be a great day for us, hopefully.''




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