Pardew – We Heard The Rumor That Freiburg Would Do The Deal

Not surprisingly Alan Pardew talked a lot yesterday about our new striker Papiss Cisse.

Papiss Cisse in training yesterday

And Alan Pardew has said that he was surprised that Newcastle were able to get the striker in during January, because the club were concentrating more on how they could get him this summer.

But Alan says they heard a rumor that SC Frieburg would sell if the price is right, and they moved quickly.

Translation – Cisse’s agent excitedly got in touch with Newcastle and said he thought Freiburg would do the deal – and the agent would get paid big money if the deal went through – which it did.

But it was a terrific deal for Newcastle and it shows the club can move very quickly in the transfer market to get a good player, when they have to.

This is what Alan said about the 6′ Senegal striker who will wear the number 9 shirt at Newcastle:

“He will be direct and single-minded about goal-scoring.” “In training he has shown that already. He takes shots early, his hold-up play is good and he is an all-round good player.”

“Even this window I did not think we would get him over the line, if I am honest. We were focusing on the summer and making sure we got the right striker.”

“But we heard a rumour his club Freiburg would do a deal if the money was right, which we did.”

It will be a big draw for local Newcastle fan tomorrow,  to make the game to welcome the new lad to St. James’ Park.

As Pardew says,  he is a single minded goal-scorer and in his club career so far he has played 207 times and scored 90 goals.

And in his career at SC Freiburg, from January of 2010,  he played for the German club 67 times and scored 39 goals in all competitions,  and for Senegal he has 10 goals in 17 appearances.

That is a great goal-scoring record in anybody’s book, and if he can get anywhere that in the Premier League this season, and Demba Ba can keep scoring, then Newcastle will have a very good run-in the last 15 games of this season.

Papiss Cisse  has earned the right at Newcastle to wear that number 9 shirt,  and his career for Newcastle will almost certainly begin tomorrow afternoon against Aston Villa.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1


  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    hope we start both demba s upfront and i will be glad to see AMEOBI in bench

  • Way aye Cabaye

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Looking forward to the game tomorrow, hoping cisse make’s a good start to his time her,e although I think it may be from the bench.

  • ashwin say's

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    15 goals to be shared b/w Dembas in remaining 15 games this season

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Giddy with excitement!

  • ashwin say's

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    15 goals to be shared b/w Dembas in remaining 15 games this season
    may be 30

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7


    The best 11 within the confinements or anything else than 4-4-2.

    Bring back modern football to SJP football with a future and entrainment value.

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m 6 years old again and it’s the day before Christmas!

    I wonder what fat old farther Pardew has brought or me this year?

  • geoff777

    Feb 4, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    If the lads fit and can last 70 minutes then play him.
    If not I’d play HBA in behind Ba with Taylor or Obertan on the right.

    Perch has been playing well but I hope have a more attacking mindset at home.
    Bring Perch on when we’re 2 goals up with twenty minutes to play.

    Looking forward to seeing an attack that looks like they could actually score a goal.


  • hotdog

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Im in the camp of bring the lad on with 10-15 mins to go. He will need to train a bit more to see how his team mates do things and AP to work with him. We need Chiek back though im not convinced that our centre mid is strong enough with Perch and Guthrie!

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    the best from confinements

  • hotdog

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    There was a debate on Radio Newcastle last saying that players run approx 8miles in a game and Ben Arfa does not do anywhere near this and is lazy. I was in the nou camp in August and watched the Copa Del Rey (barca v madrid) fookin brilliant by the way. Any way i digress, I am not saying that Ben Arfa is near the class of Messi. But there is no way he runs 8 miles and tracks back he just comes alive in the top third of the pitch which is where Ben Arfa needs to do his work. Just a thought!

  • petey

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone watching the cricket? Every time you see a shot of the batsman with the crowd in the background there is a toon flag proudly strutting itself

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    @Indian Magpie

    confinement – the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary) 😉

  • m1c4a3lg

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Cisse scored on his debut for qpr, cider will score for us on his debut. There is something in the air. I hope .

  • hotdog

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Petey – What’s the deal with cricket – it’s the main headlines on Sky Sports yet the stadiums are empty. Its a canny sport to play but as a spectator sport its crap, no passion crap crowds!

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    heheheheh so nice to see you lads happy bout his man I am too 🙂 Its about time TOON gets happy and cheerful 🙂



  • petey

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    agreed hotdog (although i dont mind watching it when its 20/20 or something), i was just flicking to check the score and caught a glimpse of the flag 🙂

  • ge08dey

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Play both DEMBA’s from the start,good strikers don’t need training on when how or where to run , they do it automatically, as long as we don’t play hoofball.Home match HBA should start behind them perch as anchor and Guthrie and Jonas wide midfield in my opinion.

  • hotdog

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    petey – aye 20/20 is canny – Geordies all ower the place – proud peoples 🙂

  • petey

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21

    classic alan partridge clip i had to share this Saturday morning 🙂

    too funny

  • Mark

    Feb 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Ba and Best would be the logical choice. We know they play well together. I think we should be patient and let cisse slowly settle into the team, that approach seems to have worked brilliantly with santon!

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Love to see a formation of
    Simmo willo colo santon
    Oba Guthrie. Gut
    BA. Loven

  • beddersmag

    Feb 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Cisses confidence might be a little low after acon. Give him a boost and show faith by putting him straight in. Hes our number nine on merit, fighting fit and hopefully head and shoulders above what we have, bar Ba (like a sheep). Give him 90 mins at home and a real chance to score and kick on- not a few sub appearances where hes unlilkely to score and very soon people start saying he hasnt scored and pressure mounts. Its not like our other strikers are flying or deserve to stay in. Also id play Perch centre half as villa have pace in agbonlahor and nzogbia. I think williamson could struggle and they might hit us on the break

  • Jinky Jim

    Feb 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Cisse is a natural goal scorer, he doesn’t need to know what the other team mates are like,just where the back of the net is. Get him on from the first whistle!!!!! and when we are 6 nil up give him a spell. Htfl’s

  • Eddiehere

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Agree with Jinky Jim about bringinf our no9 on tomorrow. However, let him sit on the bench for 15 minutes. Let him take in the atmosphere of a SJP crowd welcoming him on board. Great Theatre. Enter like a Gladiator, score a hat trick. Geordie’s win 8-1 to outdo Arsenal. Sleep well all. Happy dreams.

  • Dondatta13

    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #27

    As stated above …

    Top strikers don’t need to be coached on how to play football, they have a natural feel for the game. Add the fact that Cisse and Ba have played together in the past and we are set for a starting pair.

    I don’t see the point in allowing Viulla 60 mins grace. I know its snowing outside but it isn’t Xmass!

    Come on Pardew, THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET to the European contenders around us.

    Bring him off on 75mins to a rapturus applause and adulation.


    Feb 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #28

    If he scores tomorrow it will be immense!

  • PapaToon

    Feb 5, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #29

    cisse will not start. Will come on in the last half hour or so. This is to let him just see how the PL is. Has happened with all our overseas signing who havent played in the PL. The short spell will be given so if he doenst do brillian his confidence is hurt. Its all about confidence specially if your a striker. Plus Best has been playing well, so he will partner Demba Ba.
    Our main issue is center of midfield missing both our starters. question is will it be Raylor, gosling, HBA, guthrie or maybe one of the young guys. im guessing it will be though raylor and guthrie.


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