Papiss Cisse – I Feel Great And Ready To Go


Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse will play tonight at St. Mirren,  and he has revealed he consulted Islamic teachers before deciding the wear the Wonga sign on his Newcastle shirt and training gear this season.

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Papiss Cisse greets Yohan Cabaye wearing Wonga training kit

Cisse missed the Portugal training camp a couple of weeks ago, which really brought attention to his refusal to wear the Wonga sign on his shirt, but then last Thursday he finally agreed to wear the shirt.

Papiss has given an exclusive interview on the Newcastle web-site today, and the 28 year-old had this to say:

“I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.

“Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100% on football.” “Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.”

“Since then it has been great to be training with my teammates again. I feel great and ready to go, and cannot wait to be out there against St. Mirren on Tuesday and to play my part for the team.”

The probable truth about him finally agreeing to wear Wonga was when photos of him surfaced apparently betting at a Newcastle casino, and that blew up his case, and shortly after that he agreed to wear the Wonga shirt.

And in our poll,  a vast majority of Newcastle fans thought he had undermined his case by visiting Aspers Casino in Newcastle – because betting is also against Sharia law.

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But that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now – it’s over with – and we are looking forward to seeing Papiss Cisse smash in those great goals for Newcastle, hopefully starting tonight at St. Mirren.

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111 comments so far

  • nickfish90

    Jul 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on Kinnear, get us a player. Franny Jeffers?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    @ King

    Not many teams use two strikers these days and I think those three behind Cisse will help him hit 20 goals provided they can stay fit.

    I hate when we desperately need a goal and our only striking option from the Bench is Shola, then for him to come on and look like he is treading water within 10 minutes. Gouffran is the much better option from the subs IMO

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  • luke.r

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Been linked with Niang from Milan. Would be sweet if we were able to get him on loan with a view to buy after this season. He is an excellent prospect!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Also glad to hear the Wonga saga is behind him and we can move on.

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    We just need some link up and fluidity, then Cisse plus another striker could score quite a few each.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    G/day guys

    Still nothing happening of any importance then?

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I second Niang! Awesome pace, like a less developed PEA. Never going to happen though.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Was just about to mention the Niang link, would be a belter. Apparently we want loan with view to buy, Milan want’outright sale. Hmmm

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  • TurkishFan101

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    The Niang transfer will only happen after Milan’s second Champions League Qualifer match. This is in less than 2 weeks. So Remy in then Zoet and finally Niang.

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  • nick_9

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Tommy – Fluidity is something we’ve lacked. Jonas breaks up play passing it between his feet half the time, he’s much better when he is direct. Tiote is another one who has a habit of sending it long and breaking it up. Krul and Willo was masssive culprits early on in the season for giving it away easily. Our ball retention and movement needs addressing and some of the quotes from player about training last season has to raise serious questions about the staff and their methods/

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t know much about Niang.

    Whats his attributes?

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  • ArtyH

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Not bothered about reason, but back Cisse to get around 20 goals this season.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #13

    niang, strong fast tallish raw as far as i could see

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  • alext109

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    BPC:

    Spot on re attacking power coming on from the bench. A lot of games Pardew would throw on a midfielder when we really needed someone who can open up the game and get us a goal.

    I really wish we get someone to partner Cisse up front playing in a forward two. Although a team with cisse in front of players like cabaye, sissoko, ben arfa etc could work out very well for him, I would like to see two full out-and-out strikers up front this season. We thought a 4-4-2 formation would work with Cisse & Ba but it never came.

    Get the players in!!!

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    As I see it, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the following:

    Cignac to Lille
    Gomis to Marseille
    Remy to West Ham on loan
    Bent to Fulham
    Noone to us

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  • luke.r

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Niang likes to run at players as well. hes skillful and confident. Plays upfront and also on the wing, youd think he’d be perfect for us to back up our attackers.

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #17

    If this Niang is so good then, you would have to ask the question why Milan would let him go

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  • TurkishFan101

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    @Expatmag

    The same reason Davide Santon would leave to come here

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  • nut meg

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Expat @15
    Who is Noone,never heard of him. lol

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  • TurkishFan101

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Has left to come here**

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m sure others have talked about this, but put yourself in the shoes of modern players. Especially foreign players.

    They hear about NUFCs interest, they think about the stadium (check) fan base (check) Alan Shearer played there (check) they think why not. They turn up with their entourage ready to do business and are met by a bloke that looks like an ancient hobbit called Joe. Joe says hello, cocks his name up, takes him inside to his new hut/office and gets down to business. Joe goes on charm offensive, tells the player he knows all about him (glancing down at Graham Carrs paperwork because he has no idea) but after 30 mins of meeting good old Joe the player is still unconvinced.

    The player then asks to meet Alan Pardew but Joe says no need, as he is in charge and really at the end of the day he – JFK – knows far more. He’s been there, done it and got the whole effin outfit. The player looks for hidden cameras, says he’ll be in touch and gets on first flight out to find another club.

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  • toonking

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #22

    BPC
    if we do go for just 1 striker up front I would rather put goufran their myself cisse is an out and out goal scorer so will do very little movement but when you have wide men that are going to constantly keep running into the centre cisse will always get placed offside. the evidence for it is by just looking back at last season how many times HBA went into the centre.

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  • always look on the bright side of life

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    I know he has been fined by Milan for breaking Curfews and going to nightclubs and I believe there was something about driving without a licence over in Milan and pretending to be someone else apparently. Not sure however talented he is that its someone we want although he skill is undeniable. For the price it seems a bargain but does beg the question why Milan would take it.

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  • bollance

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Thauvin recently changed his agent to Willie McKay.

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  • Noah Another Ameobi

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    this should be the team tonight
    elliot
    debuchy colo mbiwa santon
    anita tiote
    HBA cabaye marveaux
    cisse

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Niang is absolutely quality
    There’s no way in a million years they would put an option to buy for €6 mil as has been reported

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  • mindshaft

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Expecting nobody to come in, Pards will be left to face the media and will spout off about not losing any of our purple players and Shola showing great goal scoring form in pre season is like having 5 new signings
    “Obviously Shola getting injured in warm up to ManCity game was a massive blow to the squad yada yada yada”

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #28

    NUTMEG

    I am still of the opinion Ashley is setting the club up for a quick sale and that all this transfer speculation os just that,,,,,,,speculation because he doesn’t want to spend anymore money

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  • alext109

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    King

    I think most fans who watched the latter games of last season would agree that Cisse up front as a lone striker doesn’t work. He is caught offside on too many occasions and when things don’t go his way he can get frustrated.
    I was at the home game against Fulham when he scored in the last minute. Yes he got us the win but he could have been in trouble in the first half with his frustrations getting the better of him at times.

    He needs support up front and although I admire Gouffran for his consistent work rate and movement I think he is more likely to be on the bench. That is if we get a striker “over the line” by the end of the window :/

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  • luke.r

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #30

    They don’t want to sell niang, they want him loaned out, it’s being reported we would want to buy him after the loan though which I don’t think got dismissed by Milan so you never know!

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  • marc

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Niang!

    he aint coming here lads how gullible are you lot if he is actually for sale he’ll go to a better team than us plus a whole host of teams would be in for him we would have no chance

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Niang…for 6 million Euros…ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  • bollance

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Tads

    There was a newspaper (I know!!) report out around march this year that AC were looking to cash in on the player.

    He looked good in the champions league, like a young Martins.

    We got santon for around that fee so anything is possible.

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  • DokToon

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    nut meg @19..

    noone is shola’ syoungest brother, no pace, cant kick with either foot, and looks like hes runnign up a snowy hill both ways to school as well…

    hes ours for sure!

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  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I would go for

    Krul

    Debuchy, Colo, Mbiwa, Santon

    Sissoko, Anita

    Gouffran, Cabaye, Ben Arfa

    Cisse

    With the pace of Goofy and Arfa, 4231 could easily be transformed into 433 with Cabaye pulling the strings just behind.

    There are goals in that team

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Niang’s crap. He’s the French version of Ranger.

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  • Jamie McKellar

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Dont want to be a nay sayer but im worried we wont have the quality next season :/

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  • bollance

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #38

    If I were a young up and coming striker I would join nufc.

    There are not many high profile teams where a player like niang will start regularly but he would at nufc because of our lack of st options.

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  • nut meg

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Expat @28
    I won’t argue with that,nothing & i mean NOTHING this man does will shock me.The more people slag him off the more he digs his heals in.The bottom line is that he will do whatever he wants to do…….because he can.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Bollance
    If there looking to cash in it will be for mega bucks

    The lad has been an important player for them this season and fought off Christ knows how many clubs to get him

    Would be a huge coup, but just can’t see it happening

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