Ryan Shawcross says the prospect of facing one of the hottest strikers in the Premier League holds no fears.
Papiss Cisse has been carving up Premier League defences since his February debut and has scored 10 goals in just nine games.
The Stoke skipper will be the next defender tasked with keeping the Senegal international quiet when they travel to Tyneside on Saturday.
And Shawcross admits he is looking forward to the challenge of facing him and ending Newcastle's five-game winning streak.
"Papiss has adapted to English football remarkably quickly," said Shawcross. "It can sometimes take a while for players to come to this country and settle in, but he has already shown his qualities on the pitch.
"He is a very talented player and the fact that he is averaging better than a goal a game shows the tremendous qualities he possesses.
"I enjoy playing against these sort of players though - it's a test for me and for the other defenders. In this league, you come up against top-class players week in, week out and Saturday will be no different.
"You only have to take a look through their squad to see the calibre of players they have. Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa - the list is endless.
"They are on an incredible run of form at the moment and we know that this game will be extremely tough for us. But we will go there, play our game and hopefully get the win."
While Cisse has been hogging the headlines in recent weeks it was his Senegal and Newcastle strike partner Ba that sunk Stoke the last time the two sides met.
Ba bagged a hat-trick in their 3-1 win to inflict a first home defeat of the season on Stoke.
To add injury to insult Shawcross limped off during that game and is determined to do better this time around.
"That was a disappointing night for us, but this is a different game now and that won't have any effect on us when we travel to Newcastle on Saturday," he said.
"Whilst they still have everything to play for, so do we. We are desperate to finish in the top ten - that is our aim.
"To do that, we have to keep on picking up points over the next five matches.
"We have done well over the last couple of weeks and picked up four points from two games, so we will go there confident of getting a result that we are all desperate for."