Papiss Cisse admits that Loic Remy being at Newcastle United made it hard for him to impress.
Remy led the line for the Magpies last season and it was his goals which helped them avoid a relegation fight, but Cisse admits that seeing the Frenchman in such fine form ahead of him was tough.
The Senegalese striker has returned from injury to find the back of the net with the regularity that made him such a success when he first arrived in the country, but last campaign he was struggling badly.
This was as a result of Remy's goalscoring form, Cisse believes, and he is hoping to make up for lost time now that the former QPR man has moved to Chelsea.
“Loic Remy was there, he was the striker, he scored the goals," he said to the Chronicle. "It’s normal that it will be hard for me, but I believed in myself all of the time, I needed to keep going. I’m not scared to fight. I’m so happy for him that he did well for the team.”
Cisse was the club's hero at the weekend as he scored twice against Swansea City to help his side to a crucial point.
It was his second vital brace of the season, after his two goals against Hull City last month also rescued a draw for Alan Pardew's team.
Newcastle are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season, but without Cisse things may have been much worse and the striker has revealed he is aiming to keep up his fine form now.
"For me I’m not back, because I need to do a lot more for this team, I need to get better," he said. "Two years ago I was on fire, scoring goals, but last year it wasn’t that way. That’s football. I need to keep going."