Pardew Building Top Team On Tyneside – New Force In English Football?


It was a huge coup that Newcastle were able to get the great Papiss Cisse to the club yesterday.

Alan Pardew – looking forward at Newcastle

And it reflected well on the club that they were able to get the job done yesterday, and nobody seemed more excited at the coup than manager Alan Pardew, who is building a top side on Tyneside.

It seems that Alan had pointed to Cisse when Andy Carroll was sold, as the man who could replace Carroll on Tyneside and wear the iconic number 9 shirt.

Cisse is 26 years old – the same age as Demba Ba – so he looks to be in the prime of his career and Alan had this to say about his new striker:.

“He’s not young, he’s a good age. He is in the prime of his career. He has been under pressure in is career, so he understands it.

“He is going to be surprised at the pressure that comes with this.” “I have tried to explain that to the player, but I don’t think he is going to understand it until he arrives.”

“But I think he will attack it in an honest way. He’s an honest footballer and I think our fans appreciate that.”

“I hope they have a little bit of patience at the start because he is going to find it difficult to get in the team, let alone be worthy of the jersey.”

“So I hope our fans are patient with him and give him every opportunity.”

Cisse  said last night that he would talk to Demba Ba about then Newcastle club during the African Cup of Nations which starts this Saturday, and they will have plenty of time to talk about the club.

And we suspect that Cisse will take time to learn about the history of Newcastle United, and there’s quite bit to learn too – and that goes for Demba Ba too.

The acquisition of Cisse is a statement by the Newcastle club that they mean to be a force in English football again.

And if we can get a good center-back into the club this month we should be in good shape to pile up those points in the league over our last 17  league games, and hopefully qualify for Europe.

And there’s always the FA Cup too.

Alan Pardew seems excited that Cisse is coming to join up with some of the very good players Newcastle already have on Tyneside.

This is what Alan said last night:

“To join him with players like Cabaye, Demba and Ben Arfa – it really does look exciting now,”

“He was the second-top goalscorer in the Bundesliga last year and he’s had a good return already this year, so he’s in good form.”

“He’s a player who plays off the shoulder and wants to go in behind, but he’s got a little bit more to his game than that.”

“I really hope the fans are going to love him.”

Since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside,   Newcastle have signed Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and now Papiss Cisse, and we think every single one of them is a top player.

Certainly the standards at Newcastle have increased significantly,  since  Pardew took over at Newcastle 13 months ago.

And as we mentioned last night, the Newcastle manager took the opportunity to challenge the players who will be playing for Newcastle until Tiote, Ba and Cisse return from the African Cup of Nations.

This is what Alan said about going forward:

“It is going to be interesting to see how everyone evolves now. “

“Players like Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola – there is good pressure on them to produce, and that is what the big clubs are all about.”

“You want to bring in new players and then say to the others ‘come on then, step up to the plate’.”

“While they Ba and Cisse are away at the African Nations, we are going to need them to do that.”

There is increasing competition for places at Newcastle, and that has to be a good thing.

A center-back and maybe one more player such as Ravel Morrison brought in during January,  and then say five or six new players in the summer,  will make Newcastle into a really formidable team next season.

Things are certainly moving in the right direction, and quickly too, under Alan Pardew.

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632 comments so far

  • JTOONJ

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #2

    We are most certainly getting there! Class signing yesterday, come on MA surprise us once more before Feb with a CB and we’ll be tearing the PL a new one!

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  • toonpanda18

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    does anyone have a link to show our fans in their best action? just cant find one that stands out the most!

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone know if Barton in his CL club has tweeted anything?

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  • G

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    @ post 3. This one maybe?

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    LOL @ G.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    were building a quality team

    all these players aged between 19 n 26
    krul, elliott, simpson, santon, vukic, abeid, tavernier, ferguson, ranger, best, marveux, obertan, tiote, ba, cisse, cabaye, gosling, ben arfa, guthrie, moyo, airey, inman, dummit, kadar, perch

    n these players r 27 n over
    jonas, colo, willo, staylor, rtaylor

    harper, smith n lovenkrands will b moved on soon

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone else reckon Ashleys kind of looked at what we’ve done this season and though ‘if we can do this with just this amount of quality, probably don’t need too much more to build a top 4 team’? 3-4 quality players? i mean, i wonder if he’s starting to think this football business is easier and not as ‘risky’ as perhaps he’d first thought? I mean, there has been a few mil spent now….cabaye, cisse, santon, ben arfa….its all adding up. i dunno if im in dreamland but im expecting another quality signing this window now, probs just me but seems Ashley might be starting to see some sense

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  • G

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    @ post 7. I’m sceptical, but for what it’s worth, I hope you are right and I am wrong.

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    roblee7, aye. It’s just you.

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t be silly Alan. He needs to be chucked straight in with Ba, when they return.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    forgot shola n sammi from that list

    roblee7 this has been comin together for a season now but its took a 10mill signing for ppl to wake up n realise what were building here

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    davybtoon…yer right there….perhaps if board had been a bit clearer on this in the first place they’d have a bit more of a fanbase mind. im loving it though! 🙂

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  • toonpanda18

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    come on lads??

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  • hrocks

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    it has just dawned on me

    after signing cisse i will no longer wake up in cold sweats from the nightmare of carlton cole signing on deadline day

    god bless ashley

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  • Saka_Bartoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    I hope and pray that the AP’s babel wont collaps

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  • G

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Toonpanda18, I’m not sure we understand the question. At least, I certainly don’t. What exactly are you after mate.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #19

    if it werent for the acn i think we wud hav great chance of 4th but if we get 5th,6th,7th will hav been an amazing

    can someone clarify what places get europa league footie

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #20

    @davy aye u reckon the neggars would be as excitited bout cisse if he only cost say £5mil? Weve got one of the most exciting lookin teams in the prem n were only 2-3 signings away from being a top lookin outfit exciting times on the tyne!!!!!

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    just noticed nolan roux has signed for lille n they willing to sell sow

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  • Jonty

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Davybtoon – Didn’t think Steven Taylor was 27 yet.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    toonarmydownsouth ive said all along neggers wouldnt b complaing if ba n cabaye n marveux n santon had cost 12mill each

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #24

    jonty wiki is down n i couldnt remember his age so u may b ryt

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #25

    davy….hmmm, that sounds very much like the cisse situation, they had a replacement signed day before we made our move. hmmm, seems there is something in alot of rumours as the rumours of us moving for cisse last transfer window are true…and we’ve been linked with sow how many times??? i’ve also just been reading that shaqiri is guna b available for 12 million euro, liverfool n man u after him….surely we should make a move for that price? think with the players we have at the club now, they could be enough to tempt even best young players

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  • G

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #26

    ST’s age is 25 I think. His squad number is 27 though, that might have made you think that?

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  • hrocks

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27

    davybtoon

    europe depends on who wins cups and who are runners up

    http://www.premierleague.com/content/premierleague/en-gb/fans/faqs/who-qualifies-to-play-in-europe.html

    sow is away to galatasry if u believe twitter

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Davy sonetimes ppl think if a player hasnt got a big price tag there not worth a toss sad really were building a side capable of europe next season amd for some reason these ‘fans’ are determind to slate the club and our players muppets

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  • Alinufc

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    sure Pardew wil try and introduce him slowly with a sub appearance in second half, not sure if i can wait that long but in Pardew I trust!!!

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Davybtoon- 18- if we were to get sow. I’d definately climb to the top of the sports direct arena. NAKED!!!!

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  • newcben

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #31

    if these rumors are true of aly cissokho and xherdan shaqiri are true i really think we can push for top four and this is coming from a real pessimist of a fan. Id love another CB as well but think that is getting greedy for one transfer market and the three signings would cost around £25-30m

    ——————-Krul——————–
    Santon—–Colo–STaylor—–Cissokho
    Ben Arfa—-Cabaye—-Tiote—-Shaqiri
    ————-Cisse———Ba————–

    good options to change things up as well with Jonas, Best, Vukcic, Ameobi, RTaylor, Marveux.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Think were drifting in to dream land hear lads cisse sow and shaqiri all in 1 window!!!!!!

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Sow (who i rate really highly) will be an epic signing where ever he goes

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  • hrocks

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    lads i think we could be in for a good window because ashley has gone on a diet. we have all seen the pictures of how thin hes looking

    now what he has done is everytime he fancied a pie/sweets/lobster/fancy wine he has put the cash in a jar. so far he has saved £50m. his ket money will now go on players

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    toonarmydownsouth….haha, let the lads enjoy this excitement while it lasts….im thoroughly expecting something devastating to happen this window aswell, just to balance us out, haha….i got a bad feeling about one of either Krul, Tiote, Ba or Cabaye, and I think it’ll most likely be the most promising goalkeeper we’ve had in a long time. If not Mr. T. Not being a pessimist, i’m on a high with our squad at the mo, just wouldn’t be surprised if someone leaves at least

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #36

    i would hav sow like but i wasnt suggesting were after him jus saying lille r gonna sell

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    How much would Sow cost us ? I doubt we would buy him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Fair play to MA for backing Pards with a signing like this,maybe MA was waiting to see what Pards was capable of before letting him spend a few quid,it would be great to bring in a centre back even on loan and to see MA sitting next to Pards during a LIVE press conference,that would top a perfect month for me.(and not selling anyone of note)

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Sow being linked with 12 million move to fenerbache
    also lille have told manc usa and chelski Hazzard’s price is £35 mill

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  • DoctorZelig

    Jan 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Have not seen it mentioned anywhere, but did no one notice that when mentioning our quality players Pardew did not mention Tioté…. Is he leaving us soon and is that why we have spent 9+ mil on Cisse?

    Is he leaving? I hope not….

    Cissé did not mention him either as a french speaking player he could get support from…

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