When Demba Ba arrived on Tyneside last summer and then started scoring the goals, we found him to be very modest and humble.
Papiss Cisse in action against Aston Villa
And his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse, sensationally signed last month by Newcastle from SC Freiburg for around £9M, seems exactly the same kind of personality, and he has told Newcastle fans he will not get carried away with any success he gets on Tyneside.
Of course he made a wonderful start to his career at Newcastle, wearing the number 9 shirt, with that great winner against Aston Villa, and he will start this afternoon at White Hart Lane in what will be a tough game for the lads.
This is what Cisse had to say today:
“It’s been great, but I don’t get over-excited just because I’ve scored one goal,” “I’m not the kind of player who thinks I’m a big star.”
“I just pray to God I will score even more goals for Newcastle United. I’m already focused on what happens in the next game. My religion is quite strict and needs to be followed properly, but it’s not a problem for me.”
“I want to be here for a long time and score a lot of goals. That is my ambition. I’ve played one game, that is all. It’s just a start.”
“I went to the corner shop the other day to buy a few things and people recognised me straight away. They were shouting my name, asking for autographs and pictures. It made me feel good that people are wishing me well here.”
“When I was at Metz, nobody knew who I was. I could walk around and nobody would bother me, but when I went to Freiburg it changed. I had a very special bond with the fans at Freiburg and they will always have a special place in my heart.”
“It’s important for me to have that special relationship with the fans, which is one of the reasons I liked the idea of coming to Newcastle.”
“Demba Ba had told me how the people here love the game and how passionate they are. They live and breathe football and I wanted to go to a club like that. I feed off that positive energy, I want to thrive here.”
“This is a football city with great support for the club. It makes me very happy to know they are like that. This is my sort of club.” “I don’t feel under pressure, I don’t stress about things. It is not pressure to play football.”
“I’m just eager to do well.” “My will and my desire are strong. I just want to show what I can do here. The price tag doesn’t worry me. I know I’ve got this number on my back and I need to show I’m worthy of it.”
His team-mate and friend up front for Newcastle, Demba Ba, says that Papiss is a very quiet guy, well that may be true off the pitch, but it looks like he can be explosive on the field of play, especially when he’s near that goal.
And the two Senegal strikers up front could see Newcastle qualify for European competition this season, with the goals they could score for the club during the run-in to the season.
Indeed Alan Shearer yesterday said he thinks Newcastle could even get into 4th place this season, because of their goal-scoring prowess.
We’ll not get too carried away with that, and we’ll just be very happy if the lads can get something out of a tough game this afternoon in London.
If they can do that against a team that has lost only one game this season at White Hart Lane, then maybe we do have a side that can finish higher in the league than we ever imagined possible last August.
Of course back then we didn’t have Cisse, and free agent Demba Ba with that dodgy knee, hadn’t started his terrific goal-scoring form for the Magpies, that has so far netted him 16 goals in 22 appearances in England’s top Premier League.
These two lads can definitely propel Newcastle froward in the final 14 games of the season, just how far we don’t know.
But here’s hoping.