Papiss Cisse has given various interviews to the press, and the lad certainly seems delighted to be joining Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – will wear the iconic number 9 shirt at Newcastle
He knows all about the sell-out crowds at St. James’ Park, and will no doubt have been told of Newcastle 3-0 annihilation of Manchester United a short two weeks ago in front of over 52,000 fans.
There’s little doubt that Newcastle are now on a path to building an excellent team under manager Alan Pardew, and the partnership up front between Ba and Cossi should be awesome.
Demba Ba has 15 goals in 21 appearances so far for Newcastle this season, and Cisse had 9 goals in 15 appearances for SC Frieburg, who are bottom of the Bundesliga with only 21 goals scored, so that’s an excellent tally for Papiss Cisse.
And Cisse thinks that Demba Ba will only get better:
“Demba has had a brilliant season and it can only get better,” “It is going to be a great honor to play with him. He is a simply fantastic player and I think we are going to make a formidable partnership.”
“This is a partnership we hope will get the fans excited, I am certainly looking forward to it starting.”
It’s hardly surprising that a number of other clubs were interested in taking the player from SC Freiburg, but as we mentioned yesterday, once Newcastle came in that was it and he wanted to join his Senegal team-mate on Tyneside.
The 26 year-old is becoming aware of just how iconic the number 9 Newcastle jersey is that he’ll be wearing, and he’s mentioned Alan Shearer, who was the last great player to wear it.
“There were other clubs interested, but the moment Newcastle showed their full interest I was delighted to come – there was only one place for me.”
”I will do my best to honor the shirt and respect it. I have heard of all of the great players to have worn this shirt, including Alan Shearer.”
“I know this is incredibly important here. Already I know just how important the shirt is to this club but I am looking forward to the challenge of wearing it.”
“I am also looking forward to playing in front of a full stadium in one of the best leagues in the world.”
“My history of goal-scoring in Germany is good. However, I want to come to Newcastle and score even more goals.”
“I want to be part of the big football nights here and I want to show what I can do. I am an ambitious footballer, and I want to continue my goalscoring record here.”
Senegal are among the favourites to reach the African Cup of Nations final on February 12th and if they get that far, then Papiss Cisse’s debut will probably be in the home game with Wolves on 25th February.
That is followed on the following Saturday by the home game with rivals Sunderland on March 3rd. We think the Sunderland game will be a lot tougher now that Martin O’Neil seems to have Sunderland sorted out a bit.
That game is followed by Arsenal at the Emirates and quite honesty those are three games that Alan Pardew will be looking to win.
We have to hope that Ba and Cisse get playing time together for Senegal, and it would be something if either Senegal or Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast wins the tournament.
Newcastle are building some team, and it’s going to be really exciting for fans when we have two colossal goal-scorers up front, and we even think the signing of Cisse will have a real positive impact on players like Best, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands.
We’ll see in a couple of days time, when we play Fulham at Craven Cottage, in a game that kicks off at an unusual time on Saturday – 3:00 pm in the afternoon.
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