It was an exciting day last Tuesday when we all found out Newcastle had managed to sign Papiss Cisse from SC Frieburg, in what what was a whirlwind deal by Newcastle.
Mike Ashley – looks like we were losing in that game
The money paid out for Cisse was the highest since we paid just over £10M for Fab Coloccini in 2008 to Deportivo for the Argentine International, and that has turned out to be a good deal for Newcastle after Fab had a difficult first year when Newcastle were surprisingly relegated.
Now we need to get him signed on a new contract and soon.
The Cisse deal showed that Newcastle will pay big money out to get the required players into the club, when the time is right.
Of course, concentration on developing youth and trying to find unknown players for small transfer fees will continue, but it’s a good to know Newcastle will still being in established players, when it makes sense.
Alan Pardew has said that Mike Ashley is making significant contributions to the success of Newcastle United:
“Ashley has made a significant contribution to the success we have already gained here,” “He perhaps didn’t need to. He could have turned around and said, ‘You are doing great. On you go. Carry on.’ That speaks for itself.”
“He has had a lot of criticism while in charge of this football club. If you put yourself in his position, some of the signings for this club, some of the faith he has put in people has not been repaid.”
“That would make you wary as well. He has had to bear the criticism for most of that.” “In terms of stuff off the pitch and trying to generate new income, it is like all clubs are doing.”
“We all want more income to move the club forward. The Virgin Money shirt sponsorship deal was important. Would this Cissé deal have happened if we had not secured the Virgin Money deal? “
“Derek, Mike and Lee have had to work very hard to give me the funds to secure someone as important as Cissé.”
Mike Ashley doesn’t talk to the fans, and we wish he would do that, but if he keeps up the good work of last summer and in January so far, he doesn’t need to say too much.
What Newcastle fans want to see is a great Newcastle side again, and how we get there is less important than getting there.
Newcastle have a very good squad at the moment, although it’s still too small, and six new players in the summer to replace those who will leave, is what we want to see.
We have a feeling that’s exactly what the club will be doing, and it should be another exciting season for us when the league kicks off again in August.
Howay The Lads