Dame N'Doye has made his first two appearances for Sunderland.
After the departures of Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham, to Marseille and Blackburn Rovers respectively, it was vital that Sunderland brought in more striking options.
And although it has increased the competition for places at the Stadium of Light, Defoe is pleased to have a rival for the number nine position.
“It is nice to see another forward come in,” Defoe said. “He is strong, a good player and someone who can help the team and is a presence up front and will score goals. It is good to have someone like that. It gives the manager an option. He is looking forward to the challenge. He has joined a good bunch of lads, team spirit is brilliant.”
Despite N’Doye’s arrival, it seems likely that Defoe will keep his place in Sam Allardyce’s starting line-up.
The veteran forward has rolled back the years this season, and he is currently leading the Black Cats’ scoring charts by a considerable distance.
Defoe has netted 13 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions, and he looks as sharp as ever in front of goal.
N’Doye, meanwhile, has been used as a substitute in Allardyce’s men last two fixtures.
Sunderland’s next match comes at the weekend against Manchester United, and a win could take them to within one point of safety.