Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse is keen to repay the Newcastle fans, with everything he has got on the football pitch.
Papiss Cisse – scoring that great second goal at Swansea
Newcastle are currently in an amazing 4th place in the Premier League above Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool.
And it’s certainly true that Papiss Cisse’s 11 goals in just 10 games, since he made his debut in early February against Aston Villa, wearing that famous number 9 shirt, has had a lot to do with Newcastle’s surge up the league table this year.
Papiss is fast becoming a folk hero on Tyneside, and when he went for a (quiet) haircut in Gateshead last week, word soon got around, and he was mobbed by 50 young fans when he left the barber’s shop – such is the passion for football on Tyneside.
And of course they just love their footballers at Newcastle – that’s for sure.
Newcastle still have four games to play this season, and there’s a possibility Newcastle can even make the Champions League for next season.
But Papiss isn’t taking anything for granted – although he admits he has been the recipient of much love and respect from the fans.
This is what he told Sky Sports News this afternoon:
“The fans of Newcastle show me a lot of love and respect. It is important I return that respect by giving my all for them on the football field.”
“The attention off the field is nice, but my focus is football. It is the right thing for us not to get ahead of ourselves.”
“It is a bit of a cliche, but we really are just taking each game as it comes and we will see where we finish at the end of the season.”
“But, of course, the Champions League would be nice.”
The goal is obviously now the Champions League – since Newcastle have already qualified for the Europa League.
The Magpies will even have a chance of doing that if a certain Papiss Cisse keeps banging in those goals, from the half chances he gets.
Howay The Lads!!