Papiss Cisse admits their January signings have transformed Newcastle United's outlook.

United's fortunes have been transformed in recent weeks after the arrivals of Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara.

Only Haidara, Yanga- Mbiwa and Sissoko are eligible to face Anzhi.

But Cisse - who has struck an instant rapport with the new boys - told the Evening Chronicle: "We have a very good team now. We train together well and starting to show on the pitch, you can see results. When you train together and everybody enjoys it, it can only help the team."