There’s one thing that makes Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse come across in a similar way at Newcastle – they are both very humble men.
Papiss Cisse – in action during his Newcastle debut
Newcastle fans have taken to Demba Ba this season, not only because of his 16 goals in the league, although that’s certainly a big help, but because he seems to love life at the Newcastle club, and he’s such a very humble guy.
And enter Papiss Cisse stage right, make that stage center, who is even more quiet than his Senegal team-mate, and comes across as a very modest and humble person.
He did great things in the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg, and like last month at Newcastle, he joined Freiburg in January two years ago.
And in the two years he was there he scored a massive 37 goals in 67 total appearances for the club, and even this season he scored 9 goals in 17 games for a team which is rock bottom of the Bundesliga.
And while in Germany the humility came out whenever he was interviewed, and he had this to say while he was doing so well:
“I never would have thought that I’d be competing with players like Ruud van Nistelrooy and Raul.”
“I still don’t want to put myself in the same bracket as them now. I know my strengths and qualities. Ultimately it’s just hard work every day.”
It’s been well documented that after the game on Sunday afternoon where his goal raised the roof at St. James’ Park, the 26 year-old went into the Newcastle dressing room and shook the hand of everybody there, players, back-room staff and the kit-man too.
And the Dakar, Senegal born player had this to say after the game, when he was interviewed and former French left-back Olivier Bernard, who was calm and smiling a lot during the interview, acted as the translator:
“The aim from now is to keep working hard in training,” “If I do that I would like to think that I can get more goals like that. Firstly, I have to work hard and get to know my team-mates.”
“I’m happy with my first goal, but I have a lot of thank yous to give out. Firstly the club for signing me, my team-mates and to all of the fans who made it so memorable. “
“When I signed for the club, to score in my first game was one of my aims. To do that is fantastic. I thank God for that.”
Newcastle fans are hoping there will be many more goals from this great lad, and he’s certainly got off to a fantastic start in his career on Tyneside, not only with that goal, but with the humble way in which he handles himself.
That’s a great credit to him – and the same goes for Demba Ba too.
We think these are two classy guys – and they are not too bad at putting that ball into the back of the net either!
Howay The Lads!!