Cisse didn’t take long on Saturday to convince the Newcastle crowd he could become a big star on Tyneside.
Papiss Cisse shoots with the left foot – GOAL!
His overall play was good and his goal to win the game after 70 minutes was simply a stunner, and only a player with great technique and technical skills can score a goal like that.
Not surprisingly Papiss Demba Cisse to give him his full name, has been interviewed today by the local Newcastle press, and the welcome he received yesterday was overwhelming for the 26 year-old:
“From the moment I started warming up I felt them behind me. I was thrilled with the crowd. In fact I didn’t feel like I needed to move because the Newcastle fans were warming me up with such a great reception!”
“It’s extraordinary for me to see such an incredible fan base. I could not be happier.” “I dreamt about it. But there you have it. It’s been a great moment for me.”
“It wasn’t in my mind to start the game so early but I was ready to come on. I was just waiting to come on. I watched Demba playing and I was growing in confidence and waiting for my entrance.”
“I didn’t expect Leon to get injured so quickly but I went on and tried the best I could.”
Cisse and his Senegal team-mate Demba Ba have not played too much together for Senegal, as Alan Pardew pointed out after the game.
And you have to remember that Senegal are blessed with some great strikers and they also include Moussa Sow and Dame N’Doye, who has scored 67 goals for Copenhagen in just 121 appearances.
Moussa Sow was at Lieel last seaosn with Yohan Cabaye but he joined Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe in the summer for €10M – about £8.3M with today’s conversion rate.
It’s interesting that all four top Senegal strikers are all 26 years old.
Papiss Cisse now has a great chance to form one of the best striker partnerships in the Premier League with Demba Ba, since they seem to complement each other with their different styles.
It all sounds very good to us, and such a huge change in the fortunes of Newcastle United, since those depressing summer months of 2009 following our relegation.