ALAN Pardew has paid the highest tribute to Papiss Demba Cisse – likening him to Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
The striker netted both goals in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Liverpool to take his tally for the club to seven.
And Cisse’s predatory instincts have also seen him likened to former United Andy Cole, who plundererd 41 goals in his first full season at the club.
However, Pardew – who handed the 26-year-old the No9 shirt – has paid Cisse an even greater compliment and compared him to Shearer, who wore the famous jersey with such distinction on his way to a club-record goal haul.
Cisse was prolific for former club Freiburg, and he’s picked up in the Premier League where he left off in the Bundesliga, but Pardew was also heartened by his contribution outside the box.
“Cisse was terrific, not just for his two goals, but for his hold-up play and everything else,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“You could’ve blinked and thought it was Alan – he put that sort of performance in. I couldn’t pay him a higher tribute than that.”
The Liverpool result kept sixth-placed Newcastle on course for European football, and stretched their lead over Dalglish’s struggling side to 11 points.
And as significant for Pardew was the manner of the victory, having admitted his team hadn’t been at their best on home turf since their 3-0 win over Manchester United in January.
“I’m delighted for our fans,” said Pardew. “We’ve now had two really good performances at home.
“We’ve been struggling to get good performances here, probably since Manchester United and the African Cup of Nations. We’ve hit form at the right time.
“We were better against Man United, but we were up against a Liverpool side who had all their big guns back.
“I know they’ve lost games they shouldn’t have, but they had Gerrard, Suarez, Bellamy and Carroll on the pitch. They had Downing and Henderson on the bench. But we still beat them.”