Papiss Cisse Impressive In Training This Morning


At his press conference this afternoon,  Alan Pardew said that Papiss Cisse was impressive in training today.

Papiss Cisse in training this morning at Benton

Alan said that not all his players did a  full session today at the Benton training grounds, but everybody hung around so they could see what Cisse was like, and Alan said the Senegal striker will have  impressed one or two, and he said it with a wry smile.

In his press conference for the Aston Villa game on Sunday,  this is what Alan talked about:

“With Cisse coming in today and Demba back on the training ground, his personality around the place has given us all a lift.”

“There’s been a different flavour on the training ground this morning and it’s really nice. It’s a nice boost to have on the back of an important win.”

“You could definitely tell there was a different atmosphere. When you get two really good players back, everybody wants to show their quality and it was a nice atmosphere this morning.”

“Not all of the boys did a full session, but they all stand and have a little nose at how Cisse got on – and I think he impressed one or two.”

“The two guys coming in certainly will have buoyed everybody and I know there’ll be a fantastic atmosphere at our place.”

“Whether Cisse starts, whether Demba starts, whether they come off the bench – they’re going to have an impact, they’re going to have an impact  of some type – and I’m looking forward to it.”

“It’s going to be a great day for us, hopefully.”

Alan is usually cagey about his team selection, and quite rightly he doesn’t want to give any thing away to the opposition.

But given what happened on Wednesday evening, we have a feeling that Demba Ba will start for Ameobi up front,  but that Cisse will be on the bench for the game on Sunday.

So this is what we think the team will be:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Perch Guthrie Gutierrez
Best Ba

James Perch deserves a start in central midfield, and we think Ryan Taylor will be preferred to Ben Arfa on the right wing, given the Frenchman’s mediocre performance in the first half at Blackburn.

Add to that Ryan’s ability to put the ball over to Demba Ba, his long throw-ins and his threat from free-kicks – especially with Yohan Cabaye not being available.

And what better way to introduce Pappis Cisse, than to bring him on in the second half in front of a sell-out crowd 52,387 – approximately – of mad screaming Geordies at St. James’ Park?

We love it!

Let us know what you think the starting eleven will be on Sunday.

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Can’t wait to see the Dembas!

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Good to hear – start Dave from the bench, Pards!

    On a slightly related note, my mate won executive tickets to the Villa game and invited me along. All the tickets say is that we’re seated in the “Directors Box” and that we get free food. Any words you’d like me to pass along to the venerable Mr. Ashley? 😉

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  • Toon_Fresh

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope we see both of their class tomorrow. We need that something special up front.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #4

    lol Thump. no words from me as you’ll probably get kicked out 😉 Have a good one.

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Anybody noticed this btw?

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20120203/krul-i-owe-so-much-to-shay_2281670_2598776

    “He tought me a lot when I came to the club so I owe him a lot, and I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

    Somebody should tell Dan King that the spell checker doesn’t work when you spell a different word correctly 😉

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Give a pat on the back for Demba and a kick in the face for ‘that’ CB.

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  • tomtoon7

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #7

    great news that we av wot cud b another prolific goalscorer from senegal.Brilliant transfer bisiness.Hope perch keeps on playin well!!!HWTL

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  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I know Raylor’s done well this season and Perch has done ok last couple of games but it still doesn’t stop me from cringing when i see their names on the starting lineup.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #9

    btw Ed, you haven’t updated our transfers in. Not complaining though! love the blog.

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Just want to say well done Mike Ashely for getting rid of Joey Barton.
    Imagine in our position now, fighting for Europe and having him saying what he’s saying now on twitter. An absolute disruptive influence. A small time midfielder in the whole scheme of things now, an attention seeker of the highest order.

    Anyway not my team, but Pardew imo will pick on sunday:

    _______________Krul__________________
    Simmo_____Colo______Willo______Santon
    Ben Arfa___Guthrie____R.Taylor____Jonas
    ___________Ba________AMEOBO______

    Subs pick themselves.

    Think it’s going to be a very difficult team. Imo they will have a better team man for man out than us at SJP, have to really on teamwork and home advantage. Confident of doing the job.

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  • Aaron_NUFC

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #11

    we should just start them both

    ———-Krul———
    Simpson–Williamson—Colo—-Santon
    Arfa—-Vukic—Guthrie—Jonas

    Ba—-Cissee

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Santon will be alright against Ireland but I worry about Simmo against Zog. Whoever plays on the right will have to help Simmo out, big time!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Great to have Ba back with us, we’ve missed his mobility (and scoring ability) Cisse is going to be an added bonus for us, we’re up to fifth and then added a quality striker, it may not be pretty on times but it’s effective.

    Anyone see that Barton put on his twitter that he’s like to have Hitler as a dinner guest???

    It wasn’t up for long 🙂

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #14

    i reckon obertan will get the nod for sun

    krul
    simmo willo colo santon
    ober perch guthrie jonas
    best ba

    but it wont be 4-4-2 will be the awful formation weve played the last 4 games

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  • swoopingmagpie

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I think it will be all about how the mid field operates against AV particularly the defensive aspects of the mid field. Tiote is the missing link in the team and with Cabaye absent that will massively affect our performance. Of course, playing at home will help, and the expectation of the fan;s will be immense; but so will their dissapointment be if we fail. This could be a drawn game.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    JB hes a proper tool

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #17

    @eaststandgeordie1982

    He MUST get in trouble for that surely?

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #18

    @MacToon: Aye I asked my mate if it would be a good idea to hoy stuff off him and he said “Sure – after the game though” haha

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  • supervil

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #19

    @Thump

    Tell Ashley – well done, keep it up.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #20

    eaststandgeordie1982 – My thoughts exactly mate, the guy is a cock

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  • Tooooon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Thump… who cares? You’re always so bloody pedantic.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Thump, as you know Llambias likes to square up to people so i’d be careful if you see him m8 lol Let’s hope it’s a good spectacle for you too, Will be good to see the Demba’s, hope they don’t mind the cold, from probably +30 to -5 in a matter of days brrrrrrrrrr

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #23

    for the first time on monday i will be wantin spuds to win

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  • AndyMac

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Remember all the Pardwho bullshlt bravado leading up to the Brighton game, “about time we won a trophy” ,”best chance for a long time” blah blah blah !

    Now the pillock’s telling us that Cisse will blow us away with his “directness” and s”tyle of play” ????? Why doesnt he shut up and let the players do the talking on the pitch, that way he’d look less of a tool if and when it goes pear shaped 🙁

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Demba Ba @dembabafoot Close
    Feels good to be back. But the cold……..oh my God

    Lol

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  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Ai Thump, tell him well done and “please sir can I have some more”.

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Making a light hearted remark is considered being pedantic? Or is pointing out the difference between a light hearted remark and a pedantic one in itself pedantic?

    And no mate, I’m not “always so bloody pedantic” unless there’s been a misunderstanding or I’m asking for clarification to prevent a misunderstanding – that’s encouraging civilised debate and preventing another pissing contest.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #28

    demba ba is a leg end

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye MacToon mate, I was wondering if Llambias would find out my secret identity and the kind of meetings I attend haha.

    Speaking of the cold, I wonder how Dave will deal with it – hardly the best weather to settle into a new club!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #30

    @Thump – ‘ encouraging civilised debate and preventing another pissing contest’

    Fat chance of that on here mate 😉

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Unless Tioté buys him a snood as a welcome gift 😉

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I use to love Barton end of championship season and half of last season, he brought fire to the pitch, but the lad has completely lost the plot, you can’t say something like that, hitler was as evil as evil gets and I hope he gets a proper ban for that especially on the heels of all this idiotic racism going on…. It’s 2012 can’t believe idiots out there are still rascist…. Don’t care what color, religion or creed, if you fight hard for the toon you will have my respect and love….. Hwtl

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    @JB: Like my granny always told me – it’s the thought that counts 😀

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  • JackButler

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #34

    @Thump – Your granny sounds like a wise woman, but even her patience would be tested on here ate times 🙂

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  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Patience? Dunno what you mean mate – she’s Irish!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Can’t wait to see our new number 9 and our fantastic 19 on the pitch, thunder and lighting…..

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  • Jinky Jim

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope Cisse is left on the bench for the Villa game and Strolla gets picked, cos I just love kicking the crap out of the
    cat next door!
    After ten years you would have thought that the cat would have checked out the Toons team selection and even if Strolla was on the bench stayed indoors for a couple of days.
    I like cats really,but this one happens to be a Black Cat !
    say no more !!!!

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Why would there be any reason in this world for starting either Best or Stroller tomorrow and, even more so, BOTH of them, when you have the League’s current 3rd leading scorer and a new £9million hitman ready to go.
    I don’t go along with this jet lag tiredness either – Asprilla got off the plane almost, to dazzle The Boro when he signed for us.
    Play your best team Pardew. You know it makes sense.
    Then put Lovenkrands on if you have to have a change.
    The current front two will NEVER be good enough to score regularly for this club.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Watching nuremburg and borrussia dortmand on the tele. Good match, there are some good youngsters to be poached outta this league

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  • James_NUFC_92

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Sgt – I feel the same , think they are going to be the best strike partnership in the league !
    Cisse looks a deadly finisher so if he starts with BA , it could be a very entertaining match withs lots of goals 🙂

    Cisse 3 BA 2 perch 1
    6-0
    Too much to ask ?

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