Papiss Cisse is being quickly assimilated into the Newcastle dressing room.
Newcastle’s Demba boys – the humble assassins
And that’s probably fairly easy with the Senegal top striker being so humble and such a good guy, and of course he was anxious to come to Tyneside.
Indeed since Papiss has arrived he revealed he was going to come last summer after Newcastle and his former club SC Freiburg had agreed a fee, but Freiburg for some reason pulled out of the deal.
Its not surprising that Papiss was upset by that, but he seems to have done the right thing and told SC Freiburg he would continue to do his best for them, and through January he had scored 9 goals in 17 appearances for the bottom club in the Bundesliga.
This is what Ryan Taylor said yesterday, speaking at the Newburn Leisure Center:
“I’m sure the gaffer will have drilled into Cisse what this team’s been about this season and what he wants from him,”
“He’s going to be a massive player from now until the end of the season and hopefully him and Demba can fire on all cylinders, especially in the next few weeks.”
“But you have to be patient when players come in from abroad. It was the same with Jose when he first came, and look at him now.”
In his two years at SC Freiburg, whom he joined in January of 2010, he appeared 67 times and scored 39 goals, which is a terrific record when you are playing in an average to poor Bundesliga side.
Cisse has made a good start to his Newcastle career with one goal in his debut appearance against Aston Villa, and it was a beauty and won the game for Newcastle – and you cannot ask much more than that from somebody making their debut.
In fact Cisse has been called up for the Senegal side to play South Africa in a friendly on Wednesday 29th February in an evening kick-off game.
That’s between the Wolves game on the previous Saturday and the Sunderland game on the following Sunday, so it’s not really ideal for Newcastle, especially because of the travel he will have to put into the trip.
But Demba Ba has not been called up, and that may be because previous manager Amara Traore has been fired, after Senegal lost all three games in their Group A of the African Cup of Nations.
Interim coaches Karim Sega Diouf and Aliou Cisse have picked the squad and maybe they are being a little diplomatic in not asking for Newcastle’s two top strikers for the game, which after all is only a friendly.