The 26-year old Senegalese striker has taken a while to reach the top but now he is here he is planning to stick around for a while.
Since then it has been a steady climb with a move to Belgian outfit Mouscron and then onto German club 1899 Hoffenheim where he really made a name for himself.
"My best quality is that mentally I am very strong. If you are a good, strong player you can thrive on pressure and expectation and rise to the challenge. Football is all about having fun. I will always be happy on a football pitch," he told the Daily Mirror.
"When I was young and looking for a club, I went to Watford for a couple of months and I learned a hell of a lot. I hoped to get a contract, but it didn't work out. I was upset but I didn't give up. I had always wanted to play in English football.
"I went to Swansea and Barnsley, looking again. I tried to make those clubs take me but they didn't and, after a few months, I had to go back to France. But I never gave up.
"It helps that I have had to work hard to get where I am now at this great club. I have had setbacks. Everything happens in life for a reason, good and bad.
"It has worked out well for me to think I was turned down by Swansea and Barnsley and am now at a club as big as Newcastle."