Danny Simpson – who did not clear off the line on Sunday – has talked today about Papiss Cisse, who has made an immediate and very positive impact on Tyneside.
Papiss Cisse – a great action shot of Newcastle’s number 9
The No 9 gave an interview after the game and ti was translated by Olivier Bernard, who played at left back for Newcastle under Bobby Robson, and the news is he has already starting taking English lessons.
Papiss will be learning a lot about his new colleagues this week, and how Newcastle want him to play in the side and combine with his Senegal team-mate Demba Ba up front.
Danny Simpson has given an interview today and talked about the 6′ tall 26 year-old striker, who played for his home town club AS Douanes, of the Senegal Premier League, based in Dakar (he scored 23 goals in just 26 appearances), before moving to French club Metz in 2005.
This is what Danny Simpson said about the striker today:
“He is learning already.” “Demba is helping him, but he’s taking everything on board.” “He’s been here a few days now and he’s a happy lad. That’s the type of characters we have here.”
“He’s coming into a good dressing room and he’s the type of lad we like – and what we need.” “It’s good to have him here.”
“We already know about Demba, he came back into the team and he picked up where he left off.” “Papiss has picked up what we are about straight away.”
“He was chasing full-backs down from the minute he came on.” “His general work-rate so far has been unbelievable.” “He actually deserved to get the goal for all of that work.”
“And they will both get many more.”
We will have to wait and see just how good the Demba Ba – Papiss Cisse striking partnership will be, but it certainly got off to a great start on Sunday with both strikers hitting the net.
That’s only one thing that will be exciting for Newcastle fans through the end of this season - with the other big unknown being just high up in the league we can finish – and if we can keep up our good form of this season, we should be able to end up in the top seven.
That would be great, and we’d have to hope we can qualify for Europe.