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Simpson – Papiss Cisse Is The Type Of Lad We Like And Need

11:07 am, Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.


Tags: Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Please play Ben arfa

  • 2 Wor Shearer // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM


    I agree. Sperms defence will sh*t themselves with Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa all running at them.

    Let the front three have fun and keep everyone else fairly deep.

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Says our weakest link

  • 4 toonincheek // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Ba and Cisse could both play centrally, trying flickons.

    Then again, they could both move wider, dragging the CB with them – they would both need two to mark them – CB + L/RB.

    Leaving a space in the middle, perhaps?

  • 5 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Ed, you’re on fire these days 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  • 6 Selbymag // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Martoon is response to your previous comment we sold Ned (top man by the way) but brought Pedro back

  • 7 Spuggy // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    This Arfa crap is doing my head in.

    Play him where and instead of who? We’re gonna need players to defend against spuds.

    Pardew will most definitely not play him with Tiote and Cabaye missing (maybe a s a late impact sub), and that is the right decision.

  • 8 roshan MAGPIE // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    bring back Ameobi

  • 9 martoon // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Wor Shearer @2 – you really need to check your predictive text – but it gave me a laugh.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM


    I like the idea of not playing with any forwards; either they move wider or they drop down; that’s what you call a fake #9.

    The opposition’s defense either follows and leaves space between their defense and midfield or we get an extra midfield option.

    Guardiola even said he would rather field a whole team of midfielders 😉 not too be taken literally.

  • 11 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    we used to have good record at spurs but have lost the last 2, i feel if pardew gets his brain cells working we can win. will be tough though

  • 12 magpie6699 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    For me, at the moment and especially against Spurs, I can’t see the argument for playing Benny. We are up against a strong midfield and a speedy winger like Bale. Benny is a potential match – winner but equally we could be over-run. In the absence of Dreamboat / Tank in the centre, it has to be Guthrie and Perch starting in the middle. Jonas contributes massively to defence as well as being an outlet (did you hear the wistful comments by McLeish about him – wishing his players had shown as much effort!) and against Bale I would prefer Obertan to support Simmo rather than Benny.
    If the state of the game means we need some inspiration then I would bring HBA on for the last 20-30 minutes. I think he’s great but he’s still not yet sparking fully for me to justify a start.

  • 13 Selbymag // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Indian we have lost 5 of the last seven games at Spurs how is that a good record ?
    Since start of Prem Played 18 W7 D1 L10 thats not too bad considering our historical dislike of the capital but a lot of that time we were the better side out preforming spurs.
    Recently we have only beaten them when they were sh*te

  • 14 magpie6699 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    PS Ed – you need to update the “Transfers IN” section.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    magpie6699, if you are so worried about Spurs’ midfield, why wouldn’t you want a 3 man midfield or 5 man, depending on how you view formations 🙂

  • 16 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Still remember the game where we hammered them 7-1.. Those were the days. How high they have risen. Credits to redknap.

  • 17 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    SkySports Sky Sports
    Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric have been found not guilty of all charges in their tax evasion trial. More on site soon.
    5 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  • 18 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Dirty Harry cleared in court, both he and Manderic found not guilty

  • 19 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM



  • 20 toonincheek // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    selbymag – Spuds are always sh**e, even when they are playing well.
    Have you forgotten your Geordie logic?

  • 21 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Drop ba and play Raylor Guthrie and perch in the centre. Nullify their midfield. When they are tired bring on Ba and hba. We win.

  • 22 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    He’s still corrupt

  • 23 VanToonMan // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Guys to be honest we are going to have to play 4-4-2. The only way we could play 4-3-3 and do well is if we had Tiote and Cabaye back and play them with Guthrie.

    Gutierrez is a defensive winger…he doesn’t play play passes and then keep his position….he runs at players so he cannot play in a three man midfield. If we were doing 4-3-3…he would have to play up on the left or right wing.

    If pardew is set on a 4-3-3 for this game (which i doubt he is)…then only option would be to play:

    Guthrie – Perch – Gosling in the centre of midfield and then 3 from Ba, Cisse, Guti, Obertan, Ben Arfa.

  • 24 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Selby I remembered a

    victories at tottenham

  • 25 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    ilovetoon8788, I think Raylor is still out?

  • 26 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Think we’ll see the same side that played against Villa with Cisse replacing Best and Gosling replacing Raylor, we could see Ba dropping deeper into the midfield

  • 27 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    We need to think out of pardews little match stick of a box

  • 28 Indian Magpie // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    *match Box of a box

  • 29 VanToonMan // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM


    Simpson Willo Collo Santon

    Cabaye Tiote Guthrie

    HBA Ba

    Can’t wait to see this team soon…maybe away to arsenal or home to sunderland or liverpool.

  • 30 martoon // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I cannot believe Redknapp got off – normal people don’t have a swiss bank account into which your employer deposits hundreds of thousands of pounds. That jury has been completely hoodwinked!

  • 31 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    VanToonMan, wouldn’t logic dictate otherwise – i mean if Tiote and Cabaye are superior to Guthrie and Perch wouldn’t a 3 man midfield be the solution?

    In my opinion Jones is not a defensive winger, but an attacking midfielder/winger that runs like a horse 😉

    I didn’t understand how you would deploy the 4-3-3, if Pards chose to abandon his 4-4-2, which I doubt he will.

  • 32 shearermania // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Guilty……Arry’s dog Rosie that is……she’s going down..

  • 33 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    JB, I think you might be right; but I have a sneaky feeling that Pards might go with Obertan instead of Gosling.

  • 34 Selbymag // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Redknapp will get his comeuppence one day. it just needs one person to really dish the dirt and the whole mob will go down. Harry and Fat Sam sharing a cell managing the Scrubs inmates 11.
    Happy days

  • 35 JackButler // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    jesperfuglsang – Only put Gosling in as he’s more reliable on the ball and gives us that extra bite we’ll need without Cabaye and Tiote.

  • 36 Selbymag // Feb 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Does anyone know if the Bulldog was cleared as well or not?

  • 37 VanToonMan // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    @Jesper post 31

    3 man midfield might seem more protective but you need players who are very good on the ball in those positions because if you lose it you’re screwed. And I don’t think perch raylor or gosling are good enough to be in a 3 with guthrie without our midfield being bossed by spurs.

    As for Gutierrez, an attacking midfielder is someone like scholes, lampard, gerrard….they play creative passes and then bomb forward to get on the end of things at the edge of the box. Gutierrez is not that kind of a player. He can never be a central midfielder…he is a winger who has slowed down a bit in the past season or so but has upped his work-rate and become more defensive to give the LB cover. So IF pardew played a 4-3-3 on saturday i think he should go for

    Guthrie – Perch – Gosling (or Raylor)

    Obertan/Gutierrez Cisse Ba

  • 38 Ben3arfa // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I really wanted to see Redknapp go to jail , so he could stop unsettling our players ..

    Looks like spurs will havy dirty harry in the dugout for this weekend then

  • 39 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    VTM, I didn’t say Jonas was an ACM’er…I said he was an attacking midfielder/winger.

    That would mean he would fit in a 4-3-3, 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 wide 😉

    But in a 4-4-2 you only have two CM against Spurs’ three. And you still have the options of the two wide men, which means you could have up to five midfielders.

    Wouldn’t that make more sense 😉

  • 40 VanToonMan // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I guess so… though i think against spurs he should play a straight 4-3-3

    Guthrie – Perch – Gosling

    BenArfa – Cisse – Ba

  • 41 geordiegav1987 // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    this is where I wish we still had milner.
    imagine how many goals we would get from the two dembas if we had someone who had consistently good crosses like milner.
    what do you think the chances are of james comeing back to the toon, he doesnt seem to get as much playtime at city as a player of his calibre deserves and would surely jump at a chance to be playing more football.
    I don’t know about the rest of you toon fans but I was really dissapointed when he left because I could tell he was just starting to realise his potential.
    I suppose we’d never afford his wages now, but then again he might put starting in a team higher on his priority list than being paid more and gettin to play less.

  • 42 Ameobi No.9 // Feb 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    A little off topic here, sorry. But what do you think of Suarez kick at Parker the other night? If the FA want the ‘respect’ they seek, they will look at that then ban the diving sod again. cant stand that little gimp.

    Sorry again about that, on topic now. Hopefully Ba and Cisse can for one hell of a partnership in the future, I seen Ba lay the ball off for Cisse a few times but Cisse was a little off pace (cant blame him really, coming to newcastle -5 cold or something after being in 20+ in africa) We are in for some exciting times.

    As for spuds, I still dont see what is so special about them.. they have Bale who is fast and tricky, and that is it for me. My mates at college keep telling me Lennon, Parker, Van Der Fart, and Defoe will do damage to us but I just dont rate them enough to even fall down properly. Happy with a draw, but in my opinion we could take the 3 if we turn up next week. HWTL

  • 43 toon-hendy // Feb 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I’m 100% certain the team for Tottenham will be;
    Simpson – Williamson – Collocini – Santon
    Obertan – Perch – Guthrie – Gutierez
    Ba – Cisse

    I’ll gladly bet anyone.

  • 44 bills-son // Feb 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Absolutely no way IMO should we be starting HBA in another away game until he proves that he is prepared to put a shift in, look for the ball and chase the full back down. That means putting that shift in at home on 2/3 occasions and Pardew believing he’ll do it away.

    Obertan for me should get the nod against Spurs. He might not be the finished article or have the skill of HBA but he works for the team 10X more than HBA.

    HBA wants to look at how hard Cisse worked against Villa, something Simpson comments on. Until HBA is spoken of in those terms he will be a bit part player at the Toon. If the penny doesn’t drop I agree with others on here that he could be sold. I hope he does get the message though, because we would truly have a fabulous player on our hands then.

  • 45 Sav // Feb 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    The big boys can keep their hands off wor Ciss!

  • 46 toonincheek // Feb 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    t-hendry :
    Ain’t gonna take you up on that.

  • 47 FootballPsycho // Feb 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I have a possible idea for a formation for the Tottenham game; it is a bit radical though.

    Play a 3-1-3-1-2 formation:

    Williamson/Simpson Coloccini Santon
    Obertan Guthrie Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa
    Cisse Ba

    What do you guys think?

  • 48 Howden Mag // Feb 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    It seems very narrow against a team that attacks down the flanks. Pardew might have some say in team selection and tactics, I would leave it to him to decide.

  • 49 martoon // Feb 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Selbymag @6. So continuing your comparison we should sell Ba and bring back Andy Carroll 🙂 Agree with you about ‘Ned’ Kelly it was his goals that got us promotion.

  • 50 jesperfuglsang // Feb 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    VTM, well in that case I would say we agree – about playing 4-3-3.

    I thought you wanted to play 4-4-2 against Spurs? Maybe I misunderstood you or something…

    But Pards will go 4-4-2 no doubt about it. 🙂

  • 51 Jonty // Feb 8, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Too much fixation with trying to fit Ben Arfa into the side. He’s not worth his place at the moment. We are not yet good enough to carry a flash harry player who gives the ball away too much. He has undoubted talent. He should get some videos of Ryan Giggs then he might see what is needed in the Prem League. Doesn’t matter how classy you are you have to work hard.

  • 52 Premiership Manager // Feb 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I’ve been impressed with the improvement Obertan has shown in the last two games and I would love to see him score and have a good game.

    If he does score with Ba and Cisse up front it will frighten the hell out of the other teams because they won’t be able to cope with the pace and movement.

    We are starting to look strong in all areas and with Taylor, Tiote, Marvaux and Cabaye to come back in addition to possibe new signings in the summer, providing we can retain our main players the future looks very bright.

  • 53 cupiddstunt // Feb 9, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Indian Magpie @ # 27/28

    That little box has us sitting 5th and already past the 40 point barrier.

    Although reading your posts if you were in charge I would recon we be propping up Wigan.


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