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Cisse Decision A Huge Lift For Manager And Fans

8:35 am, Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

While we still haven’t signed a top striker this summer, we did have one of our top strikers, Papiss Cisse, agree to wear the Wonga insignia yesterday, after a stand-off with Newcastle and Wonga over it this summer, that had many people believing the Senegal striker would leave the club, and we’d be even worse off for strikers than we were for the second par of last season.

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Papiss Cisse – will wear the Wonga logo now

When the good news broke yesterday there was enormous relief expressed by the fans, and it was like a new signing, and Papiss will be training today at Benton, and could make his first appearance for Newcastle in pre-season, on Sunday afternoon at Blackpool.

Nothing has yet been officially announced by the club, but make no mistake this is very positive news for Alan Pardew and the squad, because this lad has already scored some fabulous goals for Newcastle – this lad can play.

A close friend of Cisse has spoken to the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have found a resolution.” “He will wear the new shirt and training gear.” “He is ready to play at Blackpool.”

Newcastle are expected to announce the good news on Cisse today, and it would be extra special if we can also announce a striker signing.

In fact if that did happen, we wouldn’t know what to do with all the good news coming in. :D

Since January,  when Demba Ba left Newcastle, we have had only three experienced players who can play up front – Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran.

And with Shola also saying yesterday he had no plans to leave his home town club,  if we can get two good strikers through the door soon, we’ll be in great shape.

After all the negativity of last several weeks  it was great to hear the good news about Cisse, just great.

Wonder what Joe Kinnear is up to today?

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Tom // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Cisse is like a new signing

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    We need to move on and forgive Cisse ,there are others at the club that deserve our fury much more than he does

  • 3 Toon73 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Cisse and Strolla in a 4-4-2

    Both just like new signings

  • 4 gar69 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Probably photos taken of him in a casino might have had a bearing on his decision.

  • 5 Assam Toon // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    In absence of any new signings, we could indeed discuss about players who will be “like new signings”. I know cisse will be like a new signing, vukcic too. Ben arfa is like a new signing before the start of every season anyways, as he misses most of the previous…

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Cheers, I just don’t understand the need for a young keeper. Woodman has the potential to be England’s number 1 in the future, he is that good.

    As for the declaration of war on Wonga by the CoE, I don’t think the Archbishop realised that part of his and every other CoE employee have a large chunk of their pension fund invested in one of Wonga’s biggest investors!!

  • 7 jeff // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    am i the only one who would prefer bent or even benteke?

  • 8 gar69 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    This will be the excuse why we don’t now need to invest in the squad further. Cisse, Gosling and Vuckic, just like three new signings.

  • 9 yorkymag // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    This I think changes little ,Cisse realises he has made a massive mistake
    But it is too late he will be sold for his challenge of our despotic leader mike
    I fear there .is no road for redemption here the only question now is who will offer enough wonga
    Silly boy papis

  • 10 Ian Toon // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Lil – I suspect it ticks a number of Ashley boxes whilst being a good idea because of fitness level of Tim. He reportedly is an excellent prospect, viewed as being a top draw future goalkeeper who would appreciate in value. Word on Tim varies between fit to start the season and the fact that he’s being nursed along in training.

    Are you on here at any other times than earlyish morning?

  • 11 Toon73 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM



  • 12 christoon5369 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM


    not a chance he will he sold now

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Tim Krul will be announced on the 31st of August.

  • 14 christoon5369 // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    sum ting wong


  • 15 blew // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    He was in breach of contract, which could have ended up in court, Cisse being the loser, costing him a lot of cash.

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I can only see it as a signing for financial reasons, but he will also only appreciate in value if he plays regularly. I think that Krul’s injury must be causing a few more problems then we are informed of. Whether that be he will be out for longer, or that this injury has the potential for regular recurrence. If that were the case I would expect Ashley to be shipping Krul out before clubs realise this and while his value is high.

    I’m on later in the day sometimes. It mainly depends on whether I have farm visits, or warehouse visits – oh, and whether I have electricity and if the dodgy internet connection is working well enough! Morning is the most likely time to catch me!

  • 17 yorkymag // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Wait and see

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    Your comments on Benteke get tiresome. He’s a Villa player and there’s no way he would have joined us. Why would a promising CL level player leave a big club that should be in the top 10 for the same kind of club? Even before he signed a new contract with Villa, I said he’d either stay or move to a CL team, and I thought he would stay.

  • 19 beddersmag // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM


    I think your missing the real situation. Imo cisse created an issue to engineer a move himself, or to agree and improved contract as all players are trying to do due to improved sky income and the fact players expect their 70% of it. I was shot down on here when i suggested this but you can see it happening everywhere now.

    So either he will force a move (ashley has shown he will only sell purples for crazy bids which i dont think we have had or he would be gone) or possibly more likely now, buckle down on an improved contract.

    The wonga issue was always a smokescreen to the real agenda, and when the pictures came out they proved it.

    Funny though how sky just ran with a story about how his moral stance should be applauded- even though it has just been totally discredited by his own actions; not to mention previous sponsors he has worn.

    This was all about Wonga- just not the payday lending company :-)

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    A young 3rd choice goalie isn’t a bad idea surely? If Pardew/JFK judge our youngsters as not being good enough to play in the PL, then we don’t have anyone beyond Elliott. Sign someone like him and if/when one of our youngsters becomes good enough, we could still sell one of the 3 without taking a hit on the transfer.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    “Last season United fielded a total of 32 players in their 38 Premier League games, of which only 23 are now available due to having made permanent or loan moves, fallen from favour or picked up an injury”
    This is the squad that the Mashley liberation organisation say is so much stronger this year.

  • 22 JaxtheMag // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    good news coz we wdnt replace him. pardew talking up goofy now to play up front. he has been told no1 cumming in. so much giving jk a job. shambles

  • 23 beddersmag // Jul 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    If this was a contract wrangle then i must add what splendid timing from cisse and his reps. At a point when we are chasing two strikers to kick up a fuss where we fear he may leave. It shows an excellent understanding of supply and demand. If it happened of course; but im convinced anyway

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Experience is what you want in a back up keeper, not youthful exuberance. Also, this lad won’t be signing as 3rd choice, not a chance. He has been called up to the national team squad before and in World Cup year will want to be playing as much as he can so is called up again. Same with Krul. So something here doesn’t fit. Either Krul’s injury is more serious then we are being led to believe, or the media are way out again in terms of our targets.

  • 25 rossi // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    signing a striker yesterday would have been a massive jump for jfk.on the road to acceptance . don’t let the dust settle joe

  • 26 yorkymag // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I understand how it happened but ,the consequence is one pissed off mike
    Remember the last players to try and manipulate him
    Joey and Nolan
    We will see but IMO he is a dead man walking

  • 27 Santon03 // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM


    I may sound like defending MA, I don’t. I’m just being neutral, I’m not joining any bandwagon. I don’t even know the guy, it’s just sometimes people saying everything is his fault like your car broke down, it’s MA’s fault. If it’s that easy to be successful, we would have won a lot of trophies by now .SD is not selling only NUFC stuffs, even if he doesn’t own NUFC, he is still going to put ads everywhere.

    He will invest, just for the right player and price. You wouldn’t want us to buy unproven for 10 to 15 mil, would you?

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Now that the sleazy instigator of the purple phrase has gone could we please stop refering to it in posts.Thankyou

  • 29 beddersmag // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Hi jail

    Im not concerned about the injured or out of favour as they are still here and could make up this seasons total at some stage. How many who played have gone? More importantly, how many who played premier league have gone as i suspect many may have played in the europa league b team?

    This is in no way an endorsement of the ashley regime btw. Just i know stats can be very misleading from my job and always like to dig into them a little out of interest :-)

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    You could be right on the sale. The agreement could well be just to make a front of both parties being happy. If they were at loggerheads, with the club wanting rid of him, and Cisse wanting to leave then clubs would offer both lower transfer fees and lower wages. Now everything is hunky dory then clubs would be forced to offer better terms to prize a happy player away.

    Got to love a good conspiracy theory! ;-)

    I doubt it, but it is possible.

  • 31 beddersmag // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Aye yorky maybe your right if we bring in two he will probably get rid for trying it on. But seriously he will need to get rid of plenty as half the team will be doing something similar but less public. I guarantee hba and cabaye are

  • 32 beddersmag // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Ha ha aye lets ban all purple talk ha ha

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Again with the exageration, nobody is blaming him for their car breaking down, right price ? Who determines that, was the 500K webtried to save on Debuchy worth the potential five places we dropped, and had a 19M spend been made in the summer we may well have been using that money to qualify for CL rather than fight off relegation.

  • 34 yorkymag // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Beware. Be very aware of the scorned billionaire!!

  • 35 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    For the last time. I AM NOT JEFF.

    And Bent over Benteke. Jeff you are a tool!

  • 36 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM


    Neither would surprise me…didn’t realise that he’d been called up to the Dutch squad though. I can’t believe that he’ll get any games in the WC though and he’ll probably only go if there are injuries.

    I was kinda surprised that Harper left but maybe they felt they they needed to give a chance to a younger keeper. I know some clubs, like Chelsea, sign older reserve keepers, but others give youth a chance.

  • 37 Toon_Tom // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    lets ignore Jeff

  • 38 foggonridiculous // Jul 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    @ Lilongwe

    ta for the goalkeeping info.

    Have you dabbled between the sticks yourself…?

    or just a toon fanatic?

  • 39 Greebol1892 // Jul 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    No.23 still 2nd choice striker! Aaaaaarrrrggghh!!!

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