Newcastle fans have been simply delighted with what they have seen of Papiss Cisse so far.
Cisse heads first goal on Sunday – brilliantly
But the way Papiss has started his Newcastle career suggests if there is one up front striker it could be Papiss rather than Demba Ba.
But playing out wide is probably one reason Ba has not added to his 16 goals recently, and the main thing is that Newcastle keep scoring goals and there’s no “I” in team, as they say.
In truth, they are both top-class strikers and make Newcastle look like a very dangerous side, as Liverpool found out on Sunday when Cisse was able to rifle in two great opportunist goals.
Liverpool’s strikers cost £60M – Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez – and they could get little change out of James Perch And Mike Williamson.
The two center-backs cost Newcastle about £1.5M in total – but to be fair we understand it was also plus three packets of crisps – or was that three packets of peanuts?
This is how Alan described Cisse’s performance on Saturday:
“You could have blinked and thought it was Alan Shearer – he put that sort of performance in against Liverpool.” “I could not pay him a higher tribute than that.”
“Alan Shearer would have been purring about him.” “He has been tremendous in everything he has done.” “His first goal saw him take the defender short, stall and then go again before scoring – that is clever play.”
“His second goal could have been rushed, but he is supremely confident.” “Overall, he was excellent for us and long may that continue.” “We created a lot of problems against Liverpool – we could have had four goals really.”
“When you have a striker doing a job on the left-hand side the opposition will get in a few times.” “We have a striker playing on the left but we have done that to allow our flair players on the pitch.”
“If you are at Newcastle and you put teams under pressure something will give.” “We have to continue creating pressure like that.” “We are doing that and controlling games.”
Newcastle’s 4-3-3 looks more lethal than the usual 4-4-2 – and it’s what Kevin Keegan used four years ago when he started to get Newcastle looking good and had them scoring some goals, after joining in January of 2008, after Sam Allardyce had been fired.
And Cisse is not only scoring goals but his link up play and passing is improving all the time, and he looks a top class player and striker.
Another great buy by Newcastle, and for only £8M, according to Chief Scout Graham Carr.