PAPISS Demba Cisse is confident he can emulate his Senegalese countryman Demba Ba’s – and take the Premier League by storm.
Cisse was Newcastle United’s match-winner against Aston Villa on his debut for the club last weekend.
And the striker is relishing Saturday evening’s televised clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
White Hart Lane was the scene of Andy Carroll’s last appearance in a Newcastle jersey in December 2010.
Cisse, signed for £9million from Freiburg last month, was handed the coveted shirt by United manager Alan Pardew and he is looking forward to donning it against Harry Redknapp’s side.
“I came to the Premier League to be part of big nights like this – that’s all I have been thinking of since I signed for the club,” Cisse said.
“This is one of the best leagues in the world and to have the opportunity to shine on the big stage is a big thing for any player.”
The Villa result lifted Newcastle back into fifth in the Premier League, with Tottenham eight points ahead.
“We can go there with confidence,” said Cisse. “I feel that the club is moving forward each game and I just want to contribute to that.”
Ba was also on target against Villa, the goal his 16th of a remarkable season.
“You have to respect what Demba has already done this season before I came here,” said Cisse.
“It’s great to get the chance to play alongside him now. Everybody in football can see what he has done and everybody in Senegal’s proud of it.”
Cisse was named on the bench against Villa last weekend, having only arrived on Tyneside three days before the game.
However, the 26-year-old was on the pitch in the 14th minute after Leon Best suffered a knee injury which is set to keep him out for a number of weeks and Cisse seems certain to start alongside Ba at White Hart Lane.
“I wasn’t expecting to start against Aston Villa, but I’ve always been ready to start,” he said. “That’s what I have been waiting to do.”
* Fraser Forster has put talks on his future on hold until the summer.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Forster, left, is on a season-long loan at Celtic.
The two clubs are understood to have agreed a £2million fee for a permanent move and Celtic Park manager Neil Lennon has been keen to get the deal done.
But Forster is yet to agree personal terms and sources in Glasgow say he’s keen to keep his options open until the summer.
The 23-year-old would only want to return to St James’s Park if he was guaranteed first-team football.
With Tim Krul having succeeded Steve Harper as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, Forster’s future would still seem to lie away from Newcastle.
Krul is among the United players expected to attract interest in the summer’s transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur among his would-be suitors.
The 23-year-old - who has been outstanding so far this season and has a reported price tag of £15m - could be offered a new deal by Newcastle to reflect his elevation to No1 status at St James’s Park.