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Magpie proving to be a soaring success


NEWCASTLE UNITED defender James Perch has expressed his surprise at how well his newly acquired team-mate has settled at the Sports Direct Arena.

Striker Papiss Cisse has score 11 goals in 10 games since joining the Magpies from German side Frieburg in January for £9m.

Perch was shocked to see how quickly the Senegalese international has settled in the Premier League in such a short period of time.

"I didn't know of him and I don't think many of the other lads did," said Perch to BBC Newcastle.

"Everyone knows him now, he's a special player, a special talent. It's been such a fast start for him, he's landed and just taken off."

United currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League and remain in contention to play in next season’s Champions League.

Praising Cisse, Perch added: "It's hard to talk about him, because he just scores, and always has a smile on his face.

"He pulls something out of nothing, and it's not just in games, he does it in training as well, where sometimes you sit back and wonder, 'how did he do that?'"

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