This Newcastle Star Should Stay On Tyneside

Papiss Cisse has mostly been on the bench this season, but the way he took his goal against Cardiff City showed he still has the skills to put the ball into the back of the net, and a prolonged time in the Newcastle first team could see him back to his best form.

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Papiss Cisse – in action against Cardiff

Officials from Qatar were in Newcastle last week, and they had a £9M bid turned down by the club for Cisse, and according to the local papers today the player is simply not interested in leaving Newcastle for Qatar.

And he is only concentrating on Newcastle’s next game at Upton Park on Saturday, where we hope we can break out four-game losing streak.

West Ham have also approached Newcastle to ask if the striker is available and Newcastle told them that he was not available  this month, and it’s not surprising there is a lot of interest in the Senegal striker.

Cisse has already proved in the two years he’s been on Tyneside, that he can put the ball in the back of the net in the Premier League.

And even though he has only three goals this season, his record at Newcastle is not at all bad,  with 29 goals in 79 appearances for the club, and of course he started his career in dramatic fashion two years ago on Tyneside when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for the club  after signing   on from German club SC Freiburg.

It just takes an injury to Loic Remy to see Cisse back in the starting line-up at Newcastle, and since it looks long odds that we can sign Loic this summer, he could still be an important player for Newcastle next season.

One of Newcastle’s challenges at the moment is to keep the good players who currently are not starters in the side, so we can keep building up the squad, and hopefully (with an emphasis on hope), we can eventually challenge for a top four position, even if that time seems a long way off at the moment.

What do you think?

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32 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1


  • Graeme

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I think I would prefer DeJong on a loan with a “Pre-Agreed” transfer fee payable to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan period. You know, the way it should have been structured for Loic, but evidently wasn’t!!

    Well done Smokin Joe!!

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    You gotta be joking, Ed! Cissé needs to be sold ASAP!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Disagree Ed
    If someone has offered £9 million we’ve done very well, like a few lads here he’s good at his game but not suited to the way the team is set up
    The only reason i can see for keeping him is that they know Remy is off, Shola is out of contract and will leave us with only Gouffran as a CF and heavy investment would be needed

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5
  • anthc

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I would sell him in a heartbeat for 9 mill! I don’t think his hearts in nufc anymore.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper – if you are about

    The BBC sport site is currently running an article, based on kevin pietersen in cricket, but covering other sports too asking if English sport doesn’t like maverick players.

    It made me think of our many debates on HBA. I found it strange that in other sports, and the england national football team, I am all for mavericks and flair players…so maybe I should be more willing to allow HBA his ‘faults’ as his contribution is invaluable.

    Also some poster made a great comment on there that when a manager says “he doesn’t work hard enough” can often really mean “he doesn’t do what I say”.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8


    Mainly applies to English managers I think.

    Al though a few days back I wrote Why KPs time is up.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes English sport does not like Mavericks.
    Thats why we will not win a World Cup
    and it is coached out of you a junior level – must run, cover, get back, tackle – its a team game we cannot afford to carry anyone – you here it at all junior games.

    Sadly there will be few Paul Gasgoine’s, George Best’s- in the future cos no one could tell him how to do what they could do on the football pitch

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10


    i don’t think KP’s time should be up, he is still a talent, just a bad year, he needs a coach/captain who wants him…much like HBA, he needs to feel wanted and be constantly told how important he is…not all players/people can be managed the same way.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    TS…I am about mate 😉

    …I’ll have a look later on BBC if it’s easy to find?

    I am glad you are coming around lol – no, just kidding – I like our little discussion (very informative)

    About the last part in your post, maybe when a manager says “he doesn’t work hard enough” can often really mean “he doesn’t do what I say”, that might be true!

    The problem is if Pardew is trying to turn Benny into something he is not and Pardew doesn’t craps how to utilize a maverick constructive you will get some kind of resistant – it’s only natural!

    Remember this is not just about Benny, even though the discussion always seem to fall back on him. This is much bigger as I have tried to explain on so many occasions 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12


    it’s the same across all sport….i know a few lads in other sports to football who have bags of talent and do things many adults who’ve played the game 15/20 years can’t do. Yet this is deemed to be a bit too different and instead of a team with variety they are all asked to play one way…not for their benefit i don’t think, just to make it easier for coaches who don’t understand how to really help them.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I see Mike Jones comes from Chester not far from Manchester like last year we had a ref from Bolton for the Wigan game.

    Does anyone think there should be a minimum distance that Referees should live work from a club???

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14


    He may well be. But if you looked at his shots at Gabba and Perth I don’t think he cares anymore.

    Plus he retired earlier out of spite.

    Got Peter Moores sacked

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15


    here’s the link

    I agree not just on benny, it applies across the board just he is our main example at newcastle of it.

    There is no reason England can’t produce more players like hazard, messi, ronaldo, maradona, etc etc….nothing to say these shouldn’t exist in greater numbers…it’s just they don’t get through the current system and fall out of academies.

    I knew a lad at school, by far the best footballer, much like joe cole in his prime (maybe not the same level, but that style) and he never got picked up at any level other than the odd game for the school as he didn’t play the way the team did even though he would always produce some magic.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    If you don’t provide him with chances inside the box, he’ll get nowhere near the required amount of goals, whilst also draining his belief and confidence.

    The lad has scored goals wherever he has been, even blended that here to start with. Now he’s integrated into part of a defensive team, he stops scoring, just like Remy.

    If you don’t base your tactics and philosophy on trying to create as many quality chances as possible inside the box, you will struggle to score ‘bread and butter’ goals. Which is why we rely on opposition errors, long shots, moment of individual skill to win a match. That is dour, dull and against the spirit of the brilliant game.

    There is no coincidence, it is a root problem which needs weeding out. That weed is Pardew, and ultimately, Ashley, for thinking it is ok to hire a sacked lower league dinosaur manager.

    ‘Containing’ football has consequences you know.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Mike Jones who gave the beach ball goal for the mackems against LFC

  • Blofal

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Cisse stopped scoring when we stopped giving him service. He is a finisher not a flair player.

    And Pardews stupid requirement of having players play multiple positions ended up in him being Pardewed.

    Give him a team with pacey wingers whipping in accurate crosses and he will be back on the scoresheet in no time. Sissoko and Gouffran are not natural wingers.

    It wouldnt surprisee if we get Cabella and start playing him at LB under this manager.

  • Graeme

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    The queue at SJP for scum tickets now goes past the SBR statue!!
    Looks like there is a bit of interest lol

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20


    they were poor but others got out in bad ways as well. I don’t think you can have it both ways…if you want him to attack you can’t complain when he gets out attacking….sometimes he tries too high risk stuff, but most of the time it is a shot he is capable of.

    jesper – the more i read that comment i made to HD, the more it makes me totally contradict what i say about hba haha

  • 70TWO

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Laurent Robert 32

    Missed the posts you refer to but out of interest looked up the goals we have scored, out of twenty nine, 7 are from set pieces and 7 are from outside the box, with 11 in the six yard box:

    We are also the 6th best team for converting scoring chances which, like every other team, could be improved along with more accurate passing to create more opportunities.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    why is pardew so hell bent on trying to change every player we have ?

    we sign them as an X type of player and pardew tries to turn them into a Y type of player, and in doing so, makes the team look bad along with the player,

    do you think he does it o have a go at carr and MA? as he has no say in transfers?

    we sing players on the ability they have shown in there best position, not because we think they can addapt

  • GeordieDan

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23


    I think that is probably the most sendible, well-argued post you’ve ever made on here.

    Spot on.

    Pardew and co act like friggin women-looking for just the right type only to spend the rest of their time with them trying to change and “improve” them!

    If Pardew hadn’t tried to make Cisse into a right winger to accomodate Ba then he wouldnt have lost his confidence and forgot how to score.


  • martoon

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Graeme @19 – You can’t get on the website either 🙁

  • 70TWO

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    catchy in norway

    We sign players that we think can deal with the physicality of the PL and retain a technical edge, it is not always successful at any club. Pardew is passive aggressive and lacks panache. However, at the end of the day it is about getting the best from what you have got, we have a team that should finish 6th (or anywhere between 5-8th depending on other teams).

  • Markaccus

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #26

    My son will go to his first ever derby match this season. Just hope it isn’t ruined by ar$e-helmets from both sets of fans. He is wearing old clothes to avoid getting new ones covered in bodily waste (some of our lot do that down there place too) and he is to get in and out of town as quick as possible. It is a shame a 16 yo has to be so careful at a game.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Laurent Robert 32

    Just looked at chances created also and compared them to ManC, the leagues highest scorers.

    Chances created NUFC 226 – ManC 288
    In front of goal 16.8% – 19.8%
    RHS 12.4% – 19.4%
    LHS 11.9% – 16.7%
    Outside the box 36.7% – 33.3%
    Beyond 22.2% – 10.8%

    Shows there is something in what you say and that there is definite room for improvement in creating chances closer to goal, thereby improving the conversion %.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Pardew wants English grafters that he can get the best out of like Hayden Mullins, Reo-Corker, & Marlon Harewood but Carr keeps buying him technical players like Ben Arfa & Marveaux. Remy Cabella sounds world-class but Pardew will be dismayed that he isn’t a Lee Catermole type.

    We need a manager who can manage the types of players Carr can find or a scout that can find the kind of sh*te Pardew wants. With a bit of flair and attacking emphasis we could be brilliant – it’s so frustrating to see our best players shunned for Shola, or Jonas last year, or Perch & Raylor the year before.

  • bobby mango

    Jan 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Couldn’t disagree more, he needs to go..
    When he was scoring I could see he offered nothing else, now he’s in this terrible drought he’s useless.
    Sell sell sell.

    I’d take Carlton Cole over him!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30

    I am afraid we should sell in the summer. He has had fabulous moments and scored world class goals but if he doesn’t score he offers nothing else. He can’t hold up the ball, doesn’t link up well with midfield and is always caught offside.

    Sorry Cisse but your days are numbered.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31

    People say that Ben Arfa is a luxury player but Cisse is more of a luxury. At least Ben Arfa offers something even if he doesn’t score (and he usually comes very close to scoring mind you).

    We can’t carry anyone on the pitch as we don’t have that amount of class and skill to retain the ball for Cisse to be invisible for most of the time without it affecting the play and our chances of winning.

  • juan

    Jan 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d take half of what’s been offered. 9 million? I really think Ashley would have snapped that up..
    He doesn’t look interested in playing for us..
    As for replacements I can’t see us getting anyone in as we’re ok ( league position) Ashley is happy as we’ll stay up… No ambition


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