Pardew To Cisse – Lost In Translation – Papiss Finding It Difficult

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!!

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Not exactly a surprise, u can see that he tries his best, but his play isn’t at all fluid in any way yet.
    I bet he’ll be on fire at the start of the next season.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    If you can’t communicate to him then the only way he will learn is through playing! I say play him tomorrow and I’m sure he will score and 3 in 5 isn’t bad at all!

  • dirtymackems

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Davide santon from ac milan? try inter milan

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m surprised Pards doesn’t speak fluent French as he seems to have mastered fluent Sh*te quite well.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Well considering he’s only been at the club a matter of months, lets give the lad some slack yeah… as for communicating, why not use Demba as a on-field interapture, he’s able to convers with Papiss surely…

    Plus as what others have said, he’ll only get better by playing, so get him on the pitch, I think he may well have done a good job against Arse-nil last week but was benched for some reason, instead we played bith HBA & Obertan out of position, which isn’t something you should do against top teams… not if we want to finish in the top 6 that is… 🙁

  • StuW

    Mar 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I totally expected this from Papiss. Although, I am very surprised, as a lot of Senegalese people speak English. He has already shown his instincts, and I expect that next season he will have had 8 months to adapt, and he will be ready.

  • Whos_SuperMac

    Mar 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Football is a universal language, where ever you go in the world footballers will always understand when you say the words,
    “£50k a week” or “Bentley Continental GTR” or “F!!k of Ref!” and or course “RVP is a prick”

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Next season we’ll have two players scoring plenty goals in Demba and Papiss. And with HBA improving, and the fact that we might sign another striker and winger, we shouldn’t be relying solely on Demba to keep us up there. Hopefully Cabaye will keep improving and our defence is solidified by Steven Taylor returning from injury and another CB. And Santon playing well.
    I’ve no doubt Newcastle will be much improved next season. It all just depends how much Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and everyone else improves too.

  • mkhalaf

    Mar 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #9

    james perch is the worst prem legue player,,if he plays we will lose any game we play against any team, or at least get dominated from his side


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