Papiss Demba Cisse says he will treat Newcastle’s iconic number nine shirt “with respect” after completing his five-and-a-half year deal from German side Freiburg.
Cisse scored 22 Bundesliga goals last season and has already scored nine goals this term. He will be handed the number nine shirt by Newcastle – vacant since Andy Carroll left the club for Liverpool – but insisted he is not daunted by the prospect of following so many famous names.
Cisse said: “I am aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt, and when I spoke with the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is. I will treat it with respect.
“I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.”
The 26-year-old Senegal international will join compatriot Demba Ba in the Magpies strikeforce once the pair return from duty at the African Nations Cup and Pardew admitted he was delighted to get his man.
Pardew said: “Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has had at the end of the play.
“Our fans know that this shirt brings its own pressures. One of the iconic numbers in world football – the number nine of Newcastle.
“It will be only fair that Papiss is given time to understand the responsibility it brings. As the manager, I wish him all the luck in the world to bring success to himself and this club.
“He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.”
Freiburg are currently bottom of the Bundesliga halfway into the season with 13 points and five points away from safety.
Pardew had been expected to dip into the transfer market in the transfer market during the winter window, but a central defender was thought to be at the top of his wish-list.
1985: Born June 3 in Dakar, Senegal.
2003: Begins career with hometown club Douanes Dakar.
2004: Joins French side Metz.
2005: Moves to Cherbourg on loan for the season.
2006: Returns to Metz and helps them win the 2006/07 Ligue 2 title.
2008: January – Joins Ligue 2 side Chateauroux on loan until the end of the season.
July: Goes back to Metz, now back in Ligue 2, and scores 15 goals to finish joint second top scorer with 15 goals as the team secure fifth spot in the 2008/09 campaign.
2009: August – Scores two goals on senior international debut for Senegal against DR Congo. December – Joins Freiburg for a reported £1.3million, having scored 35 goals in 95 league games for Metz.
2010: May – Finishes the season with six Bundesliga goals.
2011: May – Ends the season as the Bundesliga’s second top scorer behind Mario Gomez with 22 goals, eclipsing Tony Yeboah as the highest scoring African player in a single season in the Bundesliga.
2012: January 17 – Joins Newcastle on a five-and-a-half-year deal for undisclosed fee.