Newcastle paid out what these days is a big sum of money for Papiss Cisse – £9M.
Great shot of Pappis Cisse and Demba Ba after Cisse goal
It turns out that as soon as Andy Carroll left Newcastle a year ago for Liverpool, Papiss Demba Cisse became Alan Pardews’s number once choice to get the number 9 jersey at Newcastle, and the Newcastle fans saw why that was the case yesterday.
It’s only one game and only one goal, so we cannot get too carried away with things (well not too much anyway), but yesterday was a good day at the office for Newcastle in general, and a great first game for a certain Papiss Cisse.
Of Course Cisse will be getting all the headlines after the game but Demba Ba also scored a typical opportunist goal, and when that ball is loose anywhere in the penalty box, Ba just comes alive.
And Danny Guthrie had another tremendous game for Newcastle yesterday, and this lad is looking better and better, and some of his runs with the ball yesterday, especially in that second half when Newcastle got a grip on the game, were something to behold.
Please sign Danny Guthrie to a long term deal at Newcastle – and soon too.
But it was Cisse who will get the headlines as Newcastle’s new number 9 today, and Alan Pardew was asked about the player continually in the interviews he gave after the game – like in this one:
“In my career, I have been lucky with strikers in debuts, and that’s struck again today.” “I am really pleased because it’s a big investment for the club.”
“While Mike Ashley sanctioned it and Mike is the owner and Managing Director Derek Llambias had to see the deal through, it’s fans’ money.”
“I have got to spend fans’ money here – if we don’t get anyone coming into the stadium, we haven’t got any money, so I like to spend it well.”
“We have worked hard on that, we have taken our time and we hope we got it right. He has had a great start today, but that’s all at the moment.”
“People are under a misapprehension that they have this partnership that’s formed – it’s not, they have hardly played together.”
“But they are going to complement each other well because Papiss wants to go in behind and Demba wants to come short, so you have got a nice balance there, as Villa’s balance was nice today too.”
“If you are going to wear that jersey at Newcastle, you need a good start, and Cisse has had that.” “It was boys’ annual stuff – that goal, but his all-round performance.”
It was boys’ annual stuff, but that happens sometimes – but not very often – unless you read the boy’s annual books a lot. 😀
But Newcastle got their fourth win in four appearances at St. James’ Park this year in yesterday’ game against a good Aston Villa side, and their fourth win in the last five league games.
And it was now a perfect display by any means, and Tim Krul saved Newcastle in those last few minutes of the game with two crucial saves , as he had also done in the first half when the score was 0-0.
But this team seems to be able to do what’s necessary to win these tough games, and that’s the sign of a good side.
Newcastle are a good side this season, not great yet but good nevertheless, and that’s credit to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board – and of course the players we now have at the club.
It’s simply an amazing comeback in a short 30 months since we were really down in the dumps, after being relegated in the summer of 2009.