After last night's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew revealed that his side would have lost without new signing Moussa Sissoko.
Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye put the Magpies 2-0 up at half-time, before Christian Benteke pulled one back from the penalty spot four minutes after the break.
Sissoko only completed his move from Toulouse on Friday, signing for the St. James' Park outfit on a six-and-a-half-year deal.
Pardew told BBC Sport: "I don't think we would have won that game if we hadn't signed Sissoko. That is how important that signing was.
"I thought he was magnificent and will be a superb player for us."
The France international midfielder is versatile, with his 6ft 2in presence a danger for any opposition.
Pardew added: "I envisage him playing in a role where he can use his energy and power.
"I don't want to compare him to anybody but he can play all three roles in that midfield."
Sissoko is not the only Frenchman to have signed for Newcastle this month, with former Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran starting alongside Cisse against the Villans.
Ex-Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also made his debut, replacing Sissoko for the final ten minutes.
The former Southampton boss is delighted with how well his new signings have settled into the team, whilst increasing the Magpies' morale.
Pardew said: I think it was obvious when Demba Ba went [we needed players] but the new players coming in have given us the lift we needed.
"It's been tough for our fans so it was nice to go over to them and give them something to cheer."
The victory at Villa Park was Newcastle's first on the road all season, seeing them rise to 15th in the Premier League.
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