It’s amazing how quickly Papiss Cisse has settled in on Tyneside, and he cannot even speak English yet.
Yassa - a Senegal dish that Cisse just loves
So we have always chuckled over his first 9 games for Newcastle – he’s already scored 10 goals – when referees go up to talk to him after a tackle or something, because he will have not a clue what they are talking about.
But it’s not by chance that Papiss has settled so quickly on Tyneside, as all the summer signings did also, but the Newcastle club go out of their way to make their players feel at home.
Cisse is a good example, and he has talked about how the chef at Newcastle, Liz, prepared one of his favorite meals recently – called Yassa.
This is what Cisse said about what the club did for him:
“It was a Senegalese dish called Yassa, which I love,” “I can’t cook it, but the chef at the club, Liz, did a really great job. It was fantastic. It is another example of how the club has made me feel so welcome and I appreciated it very much.”
“I spoke to Demba Ba before I came here and he told me how good it was. I saw them play and I thought, yes. It has been really easy to fit in. Everyone has helped me, especially the manager. “
“The other coaches and the players and directors have all made me feel very welcome and I felt at home straight away. It has not been difficult to settle in and be happy. It makes me happier when I score lots of goals and so far I have done that.”
It’s also helped that Demba Ba, another Senegal International is also at the club, and has helped Cisse settle down quickly, although Ba seems to have had one or two problems recently with manager Alan Pardew, when he’s been substituted in the last two games.
But it’s a squad game, and everybody in the squad seems to be important to Newcastle these days, which is probably one reason the lads have been so phenomenally successful this season.
And it seems that Newcastle have got an absolute winner in Papiss Cisse, who the club signed for just £8M in January from SC Freiburg, and we have to wonder how much he’s worth now.
He’s already proved himself worthy of that very famous number 9 shirt.