Alan Pardew says he is finding it difficult to communicate with new boy Papiss Cisse.
Papiss Cisse – lost in translation
When Papiss arrived on Tyneside in mid January to sign on for £9M, he didn’t know any English, and while he has started to take lessons, the Newcastle manager has said the he is still finding it difficult to fully communicate with the 26 year-old Senegal striker.
In the Sunderland game Papiss was nowhere to be seen, and he was on the bench in the next game at Arsenal last Monday night.
Apparently he is knocking the goals in during training and looking good, but Pardew is finding it difficult to get him into goal-scoring positions in the actual games.
This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday about the striker:
“I can’t explain to him in great detail what I want him to do and what he can do for the team,” “You’re doing it through interpreters and the message can get lost.”
“What I do know is that in training, his finishing is a huge asset. The problem that we’ve got at the moment is that we’re not creating enough chances for him.”
“We’re not getting him in a position to score. So there’s no point in him being on the pitch if we’re not able to dominate the game and create chances where he can bring out what’s best in him.”
“Plus it’s a tougher league and there are more physical center-halves here who don’t give him the time he had in the Bundesliga.”
“He’s certainly found the last couple of games tough and this Sunday against Norwich, hopefully he’ll get the message that we’re trying to get to him about what he needs to do.”
“He’s a good lad and he’s diligent. He can speak four languages already so I don’t think learning another one is going to be a problem.” “I want to protect him a little bit because he got off to such a flying start.”
“But there was always going to be a period when he’s going to find it difficult and he has — make no bones about that.”
It always takes time for new players to settle down in a new country and in a new league, especially when they don’t know the language, and Davide Santon knows all about that, as the Italian was in a similar position last August when he arrived from AC Milan.
But it’s encouraging that Papiss already knows four languages, so hopefully he will be picking English up fairly quickly, and the more time he has, the better the communication between Pardew and Cisse will become.
And of course as far as the speed and physical nature of the English league go, he’ll just have to come to terms with that as he gets more games.
And let’s not forget that Papiss has appeared for Newcastle four times now, and has two goals, and that’s not too bad a start to his Newcastle career in that famous number 9 shirt.
And when Papiss puts that ball into the back of the net, he has no problems in translating the roars from the Geordie fans – he understands that 100%.
Howay The Lads!!