Cisse – We’ve Made Fantastic Signings – We Have A Great Setup


Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for whatever reason, never really combined well when both of them were at Newcastle,  but with Ba now gone off to Chelsea,  and Alan Pardew and the Board having brought in Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, amongst others month – Cisse now has players who can work with him up front – and Newcastle have some great attacking options and Cisse is scoring great goals again – as witnessed by his fantastic strike on Sunday afternoon.

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Papiss Cisse after scoring phenomenal goal on Sunday

Papiss admits he has had a tough season, but he has told the Evening Chronicle today that it was Alan Pardew’s belief in him that had made it easier,  and Alan is making Cisse into a better striker, because his hold-up play is a lot better than it was when he joined us from SC Freiburg just over a year ago.

This is what Papiss told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have a new set up here now.” “Demba Ba was very important and scored a lot of goals – we can’t forget that.” “But the manager has made some fantastic signings here.” “And now we are ready to turn the page.”

“We have a great set-up and we just want to continue to play well.” “There is more responsibility for me, but no pressure. I just keep trying hard.” “If the team gets points that’s my mentality.” “If I don’t score, others will, then it will be OK.”

“I don’t have any firm objectives at all to be honest.” “Personally I feel good.” “Perhaps I am not in a position to be top scorer this season, but my personal objectives are to get as many points as possible for the team, and to climb up the Premier League.”

“If I score more than maybe the team can get a top 10 finish.” “This season has been very difficult for me. I don’t know why.” “But I have tried hard all the time. The manager has confidence in me.”

I have played a lot, all of the time I always so I will pay back the manager in his confidence. It’s good for me.”

Cisse now had 6 league goals and 8 goals in all – and maybe he can go on a scoring spree as he did at this time last year when he first joined the club, and that would certainly help Newcastle climb the league table – and we’re already up to 13th position,  after gaining a place last night after West Ham lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham, and we are still only 3 points out of 10th place.

Maybe we can finish in the top 10 again – and certainly higher than our 12th place finish of two years ago.

Howay The Lads!!

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111 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    who’s this Demba Ba? Oh yeh, the guy warming the bench behind a totally out of form Torres at a shambles of a club.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    @post 1, harsh, yet fair.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Having itching powder replaced with his athletes foot stuff is too good for Ashley .

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Got to love Cisses manner. Seems a real humble guy. Don’t worry about the easy goals Papiss, just keep those wonder goals coming and all will be good. One a game should do the trick nicely.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    G

    Just joking….Ba did a lot for us when he was here, got plenty of crucial goals.

    The sad thing for him is he isn’t a big enough name to make it at chelsea….they’d rather torres as it’s all about names and looking flash….Ba doesn’t bring that for them.

    He will have to content with cavanni/facao/etc next year too and won’t get a look in.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Cisse’s post match interview from sunday was brilliant. He’s genuinely just so enthusiastic and down to Earth. I’m a big fan.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    @5, I know, depressing isn’t it. He’s going to be wasted there. He was a cracking player for us, and I hope he gets enough football as he’s far too good to just sit on a bench. Perhaps the next bloke in charge after Rafa will realise that theyr’e flogging a dead horse with Torres and give him the starting birth? Then again, it’s likely that the 2 strikers you mention above will arrive, or at least one of them will.

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  • saxonfenken

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I just wonder if Demba is thinking he should never have left, a colo boot and warming a bench. It seemed to me against Man City that the flash players did not want to give the ball to him, only a 7M player, not an elite there.
    As for Pappiss he is better off without him, the goals will come for him again mark my words, now that he is getting some service

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  • jockonthetoon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree with post four. In fact it’s refreshing to see the humility across the whole team and a welcome break from the rampant egos of the past both from players and managers alike.

    Whilst I think it’s important for cisse to identify what’s not working in order to fix it, I’m glad the lad is seemingly not too hung up on it – constantly fretting won’t bring back that ‘law of physics defying’ boot we’ve all seen he’s capable of producing.

    We know his potential, lets hope he achieves it again.

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  • WWYCD

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Standard slating of Ba eh, very good player and did very well for us.

    On Cisse he seems a lovely bloke and a real team player (yet to see what he’s like if he’s dropped yet though). Hopefully this isn’t another false dawn on his goal scoring this season

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Saxon

    I’m sure it’s something like that. Chelsea players seem to like torres as he is a bit more creative than Ba and has that spanish style mata, hazard and oscar fit into.

    Ba works hard and scores goals but he isn’t flashy and pricey enough for all the plastic supporters chelsea inherited over the past 5-10 years. Their real fans will like him and his goals but the hangers-on don’t see him as a marque signing like torres, shevchenko, etc.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Yo…Who would slate ‘stard? I don’t think anyone has forgotten what he did at the club, but life goes on and ex players are always open to jokes along the way.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    TS…To be fair though, not many of the toon fans thought of him as a marque signing when we got him on a free, but it’s exactly what he ended up being.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    What’s the consensus on the slides at St James then? As it’s quiet. Did everybody else think April fool had come early when they anounced it?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    G….Have just been reading up on it a little. Seems an odd one tbh, a gimmick that could go completely t*ts up.

    I wonder how many times you could repeat Sports Direct signs down one of them though…

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  • Jamiemac

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    We buy Torres?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza

    Oh yeh I know, I never considered him a big signing purely because of his fee but he was very good for us.

    I think at west ham and then us he showed he was a good prem league goal scorer and therefore should be seen as a good signing…which I think some chelsea fans will see but at the end of the day he isn’t a world name like Falcao etc which is what they want.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    @14, one of the lads in the pub last night mentioned it, and we thought he was telling stories, yet it’s all over the Chronicle and Mackem Echo today, so apparently it’s real. Barking mad idea imo.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19

    TS…Chelsea fans are hardly ever happy with anything. Spoiled brats the lot of them 🙂

    Read an article the other day where Cahill was blaming their excessive fixture list for their shortcomings. Now I know it’s an excuse that’s been used by us this season, but has he taken a look at their squad?

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  • ballerfan2

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Just been reading a previous thread re Keegan’s value to this club, and have to say that I agree totally with Troy, practically on everything. Would we have preferred, as fans, for the Keegan era never to have happened – NO, of course not. Having watched the Toon for over 50 years this period was probably the most exciting time in my memory, including the Fairs Cup triumph. And it was all down to Keegan (I always hated that Messiah tag). Dalglish and Souness spent an awful lot of money and had absolutely nothing to show for it. Keegan at least gave the club back it’s pride.
    On the Cabaye/Ben Arfa rumours – we all have to take a deep breath and put some faith in Ashley. He must know he is on the verge of having a truly exciting team and having come this far will be reluctant to lose its most potent and vital cogs. He at worst will not sell unless megabucks are offered and we have seen what that can achieve, if it is necessary. Go back 12 months and all these stories were circulating then too but all they players we wanted to keep are still in Toon. I don’t think anything has changed – in fact with all the other French imports, we are probably in an even stronger position. Bottom line – Ashley will not be bullied by anyone. We should know that by now.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza

    I never get players.

    They want champs league football then they get it and complain there are too many games….i’m sure its a problem most clubs would love to have.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    G…The practicalities of it stump me. As a novelty idea it gets some head space, but surely it’s just a recipe for disaster. No disrespect meant, but can you imagine sliding down something that 50,000+ other people have just slid down….we are still talking about Rebecca aren’t we?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza

    You will just have masses of people queuing for the slide so the idea they have it will solve crowding and speed things up is a bit flawed haha.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    The slides at SJP are the brainchild of Percy and Owlhead. They are hoping to get the slides installed as soon as possible. Sammy Ameobi is not keen on going to Boro so if he was to refuse to go, Percy, Owlhead and Carver propose to jump on Sammy, restrain him and carry him to the top of the slide and hoy him in. Waiting at the bottom of the slide is a taxi from Middlesborough with a back door open -Sammy is propelled straight into the back seat and off speeds the taxi to Boro.
    A similar plan exists for Ranger if he refuses to go anywhere- he’ll be thrown into the slide as well but the means of transport at the bottom is a Newcastle City Bin Wagon -whoosh -and Ranger is away to the local tip.
    So at SJP now the regime is – cause bother/don’t perform and you’re heading for the chute.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #25

    TS…I have no doubt balancing your team for multiple competitions has a knock on effect, but for a club like Chelsea with the money they’ve spent and the players they have at their disposal it’s crazy.

    If you want to be a top club and spend like a top club then just get on with it.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26

    TS…I don’t know why they just don’t make all of the seats ejections seats and just blast fans off in to the sunset, there may be a couple of minor flaws in that plan but I’m sure it can be worked on 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    ejection seats*

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza

    I’d like ejector seats for the bench….if you are needed your fired into the air and parachuted onto the pitch.

    And yeh it’s difficult balancing the squad for europe but it’s not too hard for players like ronaldo and messi who play 99% of all games.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    @post 25/26. That could have turned out far worse than the previous thread!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    TS…I can imagine a player being called for the bench due to an injury and then getting injured upon landing on the pitch. Seems like a possible vicious circle…how to use all 3 subs at the same time 🙂

    G….It certainly could have, luckily I got my j’s and r’s right, mind, I did hear that after the can-can girls on Sunday they were thinking of renaming the front row of seats the erection seats – hopefully no need for a “wet seating section” sign though.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    @29, ha ha ha, you owe me a fresh cup of coffee and a new keyboard.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32

    G… 🙂

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza, when you read our conversations back today it’s like reading a script from an episode of a 70’s sitcom? My inner monologe voice from the blog has changed from ‘Morgan Freeman’ to ‘Reg Varney’!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #34

    G….I get the feeling we may be hearing from Ed at some point today 🙂

    I don’t even want to think about my inner monologue voice…that can only end badly for me.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #35

    That takes me back actually. Who was it that came up with Kets talking like Zed from police academy. Still one of the funniest things I’ve read on here.

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  • G

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Dunno, but I often imagine Jail for Ashley sounds a bit like Mr Burns from the Simpsons (no offence jfa)

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #37

    “Excellent”

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Torq Toon – you mentioned earlier on that you are away to St. Etienne for a fortnight. You may be in a position to report (as far as you can) as to what the “inside track” is in respect of Aubameyang. Will he leave/is he as good as people say etc etc. Flash the key ring.

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  • aidantoon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Very happy with squad at the moment, and with Benny returning things looking fab.
    Very impressed with g car the legend scout to be honest as you look at cab and sissoko and you think that they are 30 mil players and that’s no joke!
    Honest next season if we keep our best and add 4 top players there is no reason why we can’t get in top 4!
    Very good times ahead I feel.

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  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #40

    G – Re the slides – I have an image in my head that I can’t get rid of. The topless fat bloke with the NUFC tattoo (who they always show on TV) stuck half way down one of these slides with his legs dangling out the end. 🙂

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