When Papiss Cisse came on for the injured Leon Best after about 14 minutes of the game this afternoon at St. James’ Park, wearing that number 9 jersey, a new hero was born on Tyneside.
Papiss Cisse after scoring his first ever goal for Newcastle – YES
Papiss not only scored a goal that was good enough to win any game, but he looked a good all around player, and did a lot of work for Newcastle, against a very decent Aston Villa side.
And we can only imagine what it felt like for him after 70 minutes, when he brought the ball down on his chest and in one sweeping movement hit the ball left footed high into Shay Given’s top right hand corner of the net for his first ever gaol wearing that number 9 shirt.
And although Shay dived for the ball, he got nowhere near it, and the crowd went wild as Cisse ran towards them after scoring.
What a goal, his very first for Newcastle and on his debut too – something that the great Alan Shearer couldn’t even do.
And Alan Pardew purred after the game that the Senegal striker is not only a good player, and worked very hard for the team, but he’s also a great guy.
Alan took time out to tell everybody that Cisse had gone around the dressing room after the game, thanking all the players for helping him out on his debut.
Alan Pardew talked about Newcastle’s new number 9 after the game:
“It was a great goal. He is the right age for that jersey. He looked a threat and his goal was special. It lifted the roof off the place. Not bad on his weak foot!”
“If you wear No.9 here you need a good start.” That goal makes the shirt a bit lighter. His all-round performance will have had fans nudging their mates saying ‘we have got a good one here’.”
“Papiss wants to get in behind and Ba wants to come short. They will compliment each other. We are talking about a honed player, not a novice.”
“It is a big investment for the club. But I am spending fans’ money here, who pay to come to the stadium. I want to spend it well.”
The sight of Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse working together was a joy to watch, and of course after another solid week of training together and with the rest of the lads, they could test the Tottenham defense next Saturday afternoon at White Hart Lane.
And for the the benefit of Mr. Redknapp, we are assuming there is no release clause in his contract.
Papiss Cisse in action – jumping over a tackle
But the Geordie fans will still need to give him time to settle down in the Premier League – but we’re only saying that because that’s what Alan Pardew said when Papiss was signed last month – and we want to be politically correct. 😀
Cisse looked made-for- the-Premier-League today, by his overall performance and his match winning goal, and his ability to play well in what must have been a big game for him.
It’s going to be even more exciting watching Newcastle now, that we have the Senegalese Demba twins up front.
And it’s something most Newcastle fans will never forget – Cisse’s debut today and that wonderful goal – thanks for the memories.
Howay The Lads!!