Newcastle’s new number 9 is Papiss Cisse joined Newcastle on Tuesday in a whirlwind deal from Bundesliga club SC Freiburg for an undisclosed fee, but it is thought to be £10M.
Papiss Cisse – at St. James’ Park on Tuesday
Great Newcastle strikers of the past who have worn the number 9 shirt include Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald, Andy Cole and Alan Shearer – heroes every one of them.
And Alan Pardew has said that he doesn’t think that Cisse understands just how important the shirt is, or just how much pressure he will be under when he comes to Newcastle in mid-February following the African Cup of Nations.
There were bits of his interview in the previous article but here is the full interview the Senegal international gave before he jetted back to Africa to rejoin the Senegal squad.
“It is an honor to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it,” “First of all, I would like to give good value for money for the people who brought me here.
“I want to pay back the confidence the Club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.”
“I am a goalscorer, and that is the thing which gives me the most pleasure. But it is also important that I help my teammates and bring something to the team.
“Primarily though, my major strength is my goalscoring.” “I am aware of the importance of the number nine shirt, and when I spoke with the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is.”
“I will treat it with the respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt.” “I spoke with the coach of Senegal and was pleased that he allowed me to come here and join the Club,”
“Obviously it is great for me that I will be with my colleague Demba, who plays with me for Senegal, so I am hopeful that we can form a great partnership.”
Alan Pardew was interviewed on nufcTV and I was going to put the video out, but you need to have a subscription to see it.
I wish on these very important occasions the club would just put the interviews out so all Newcastle fans could hear what Alan had to say.
Alan said it should show the fans that Newcastle mean business, and that as soon as Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool this man was top of the list, but Newcastle simply couldn’t afford him last summer.
And Alan the politician turned it all around and said that players like Leon Best, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Ben Arfa now had to step up to the plate to show what they can do for Newcastle before these lads come back from Africa.
And that should start with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
I couldn’t have said it any better.
What a motivator Alan Pardew seems to be, and we think his performance as Newcastle manager over the last year has convinced Mike Ashley that Alan knows just exactly what he’s doing.
And the owner had backed his judgement big time today.
Howay The Lads!!