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.