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McClaren Fast Becoming A Big Fan Of This Striker

9:36 pm, Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

Steve McClaren tasted his first defeat last night as a Newcastle head coach, when the Magpies went down 2-1 to Club Atlas of Mexico in Milwaukee, and we again made a poor start to the game and were 2-0 down after only 16 minutes and then had to try to come back.

Just before half time an excellent rapid breakaway saw Papiss Cisse put Moussa Sissoko through and he hit the ball under the goalkeeper to make it 2-1,  but we couldn’t get the equalizer, even though we created a number of chances in the second half.

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Papiss Cisse – keep him this summer

Steve McClaren talked to the media after the game at Miller Park last night,  and confessed he was impressed with Papiss Cisse:

“It is a unique thing. You can see that with the smiles on their faces that they like playing with each other. They combine very well.”“I thought Papiss was brilliant, he held the ball up and he brought people into the game.”

“It’s a test and a challenge – not just the games, but the travel as well. But we have to deal with it and that’s the challenge for the team to deal with it and train well. We have to be professional and perform well.”

“Football or soccer I should say here, is a passionate game.

“I was delighted with the reaction. We came out and were aggressive and put our foot in. We got the goal because we they were keeping the ball and were cocky

“We got annoyed and stayed annoyed and it got us back in the game.”

Yes – whenever  anybody talks about football in the states,  that’s American football – so it’s called soccer – although the rest of the  world knows football as football.

As we said before, we’d be daft to let Papiss Cisse go – especially when he’s looks like he’s going to be 100% fit next season – for the first time in a long time – and he seems to want to stay at Newcastle too.

We hope Papiss is around come September, however many new strikers we bring through the door this summer.

As a reminder, the 30 year-old Senegal International  scored 11 Premier League goals in 21 appearances  for us last season, and since he joined us from SC Freiburg in January, 2012 – he’s scored 41 goals in 109 total appearances.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Pre-season · Premier League · Press Conference

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    We need to get defenders and wingers over the line to increase supply to Cisse and Perez !!

    A striker can come after that !!

  • 2 Bambams // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Joe Kinnear’s cock up….
    Here we go again.

  • 3 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Outside the westernised world a young man is far less likely to have been infantilised by console games and trash TV and is far less likely to subjugate family concerns to the lure of bullish*tters selling a bogus aspirational dream.

  • 4 toonicle // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Bambams- So true, he would have been a great addition 2 years ago if not for Kinnear throwing it out the window. He would be a great signing for us.

  • 5 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Why sell cisse when we are short of strikers. We need to keep cisse & bring in another one. We have Riviere who doesn’t look da best, perez who’s not even a natural striker, he’s more a Winger, & armstrong who’s unexperienced.
    Keep cisse & bring in another one like Mitrovic

  • 6 The Newcastle Armchair // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Could this be a standard NUFC trick to say that we may not be able to get any strikers this summer but we have already got good enough ones?

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Our Toon,
    There were talks earlier this year of Austin doubling his wages if he signed a new deal at QPR to £70/80k a week. Any club wanting to sign him will be expected to match that.

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Lets get Douglas in then !!! Then get another defender like Veltman in or even that Lewis Dunk !!

    Just make sure Williamson is nowhere near the pitch first game against Southampton!!

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Unless he is playing for Southampton……

  • 10 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    We also have to remember that QPR are replete with parachute payments, and are likely to be Sky’s box office attraction in the division.
    They have done us on wages and location in the past.
    Who is certain we wouldn’t want Austin to take a pay cut to join us?

  • 11 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:58 PM


    Lil-ed again :0

  • 12 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 9:59 PM


    I just don’t get it mate, we want to have success but fans for some reason become accountants. If we don’t start paying the going rate or slightly more to entice some of the best talents here then we will forever be a yo-yo team. We play in the league with the biggest TV deal, we got 80m plus, if a young class act of a striker wants 60k or 80k pay it and get him here. Alternatively give him a basic of 50k and a good signing on few,

    We need him more than he needs us

  • 13 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM


    The problem is we aren’t an attractive proposition as it is, the only thing that can entice players is money, it’s all we have!! To push up the table we need to be more flexible with the wage structure

  • 14 Bambams // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I always liked the look of Douglas.
    Get ….
    Van Dijk
    That would do me….
    Contract extension for Aarons and Perez
    Taxi for Willo, Colo (sorry) Obertan which will release some wages.

  • 15 JAMSHA // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Our Full Match Vs Atlas

    Some1 plzz check if the sound works, coz i cant hear anytng

  • 16 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Our Toon

    Wages are always going to be the deal killer.
    Four quid an hour is a big wage to Ashley.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Our Toon,
    I sort of get the accountancy thing. The club are willing to spend limited amounts, so fans want to suggest it is spent well. Don’t necessarily agree with it, but that is more because the club should be allowed to spend what the club brings in. Wipe its own nose was the phrase Pardew or Llambias used.

    What I don’t get is the fans asking for the club to show ambition but then complaining when the club has to show a bit of desire to get a player who wants to play champions league.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Lil-ed – I like it! Not sure it will catch on though!

  • 19 King Colback // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Jamsha there is no sound its the same video that was shown live last night, it is the pictures from the big screen in the stadium hence no sound

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Please not Townsend. Overhyped English wingers seem to be the new black. Who was the last English winger to come close to delivering on their early age hype?

  • 21 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:11 PM


    True regarding the 4 quid lol

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Douglas would be okay, I’d still prefer Winston Reid, he sou;d be my first choice, then Williams or Shawcross. I think we need Prem experience in some signings this summer, and I think Prem experience in one of the centre halves would be better than most other positions.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:13 PM


  • 24 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:14 PM


    That’s it though, I’d prefer we spend the money and get a mitrovic type of player rather than waste the money on cheap imports like Riviere, Gouffran dare I say Cabella….who all put together are a waste of transfer budget and waste of wages….All in the name of not spending big. We waste more on cheap duds, mitrovic success here or not will still have a resell value in Europe

  • 25 bobby mango // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Fear the noise coming from McClaren on this tour is teeing us up for a lack of signings – impressed with the squad, what we have looks good etc etc.

    He might be a good coach but Mourinho would struggle with this squad. We were short of bodies last year and we’ve since got rid of more than we’ve added.

  • 26 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Winston Reid is the man.

  • 27 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:17 PM


    When was the last time an Englishman delivered after being hyped during youth. I look at the new crop of youngsters and only see them going backwards


    Some of the senior ones haven’t kicked on either


  • 28 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Winston Reid is an excellent shout

  • 29 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    We desperately need centre back. 2 is ideal but at the bare minimum 1. A quality centre back and also shipping williamsom out is priority.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Our Toon,
    I said when we signed Goofy that he was a grafter that didn’t have the talent to play this level, I was shouted down for a while, but most have come round now. I actually think more of Goofy now then when we sign him.

    However, in terms of contribution and value he has been a very good signing. 81 Prem appearances with 11 goals and 8 assists. You will struggle to get a return like that for what we paid for him.

  • 31 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Would any of yous take Mo Salah of Chelsea, don’t think Mourinho has given him a fair shake at Chelsea but he did well at Basle and had a very good loan spell at Fiorentina

  • 32 King Colback // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Our Toon
    Mo Salah would be a good signing

    Winston Reid would be brill too

  • 33 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Well, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the good times are here to stay and we are riding high on the biggest spending spree in club history.
    C’mon Baby Let the Good The Good Times Roll…..

  • 34 beermonkey // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    if it is wages holding up the mitrovic deal we know there is room in the wage budget after releasing taylor and Jonas also selling mbiwa and santon

    both wijnadum and mitrovic are known players unlike perez last year, both players if all goes well in 2 3 season will be worth more than double what we paid for them, then add into the fact that if McLaren see’s mitrovic as the man to help us up to 8th great the extra revenue from 15th where we finished and 8th is about 2 mill a place so why not give him what he wants with in reason of course

  • 35 Graeme // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Lil – from previous. The official “Minimum Wage” in Ivory coast was doubled in 2013. It is now the princely sum of US$100 per month. I pay my staff double that, as a minimum, for a new starter, rising with experience and training.
    Football is on another planet.

  • 36 lesh // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    BandB @ 3.

    What’s brought those words of wisdom on?

  • 37 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:23 PM


    Good point of Gouffran, what about the amount we’ve wasted on loaning Facundo and LDJ. We waste more in trying to get a good deal than taking the risk and securing a big deal….that’s my opinion anyway

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    WooooHooooo!!!! Where is wor next MF signing? Come on Lee the MF supply is dangerously low!!! Bring in at least 5 more MF’s before the window closes!!! Harrumph.

  • 39 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:24 PM


    I know…
    I GOOGLED it………………

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    It was one of my first posts on this blog, (under a different name, before I moved to Lilongwe) that Winston Reid was a great player and one for the future. I’d just been to Malawi and the World Cup in South Africa.

    I still rate Barkley, Wilshere is talented, character??? Shaw struggled with injuries, I have a Southampton scout coming to do some work in Malawi next year, and he says Shaw had growing issues which affected him this year. We shall see, I personally just think he was overhyped rather than going backwards.

  • 41 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    King Colback

    Think Chelsea are signing Pedro of Barcelona so Mo Salah will be up for grabs….I’d take the lad

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    You lot don’t even believe in fielding a side of 11 MF’s. Pffaaww. Absolute humbug!!! All the top sides are adopting the 11 MF player approach. I can’t believe the number of dinosaurs on here who want actual CB’s and strikers and the like..

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Ha, yes, I knew I had exaggerated slightly, and I knew there would be one or two to pick up on it. If there was a top level footballer from Malawi then I would have used here as a comparison. Minimum wage here is about £0.87p a day.

    Our Toon,
    In this industry, if you search too much for value and bargains you will be burnt more times than you succeed.

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Our defense looks good. Just ask Schteve. We’re set for at least 5 more years with Willo, Colo, and Saylor. Beautiful.

  • 45 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    Since bursting on the scene both Wilshire and Barkley haven’t progressed, Wilshire through injuries and probably through smoking, Barkley struggled at Everton big time last season, even Everton fans blasted him at times as he’s very very inconsistent….wants to do it all himself!!

    When England got knocked out of a u21 tournament 2 years ago or maybe 4 years ago it was said that the attitude of the youngsters was disgraceful, they weren’t bothered they think they’ve made it….virtually all of them are millionaires. Where as the kids from less privileged backgrounds or less privileged countries fight tooth and nail to get to where they are

  • 46 lesh // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:31 PM


    You googled those words? Very impressive and more to the point we didn’t need Google Translate to read it!

    Jib, take note and follow BandB!

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Mo’ Salad please!!!!

  • 48 microbar // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    McClaren Fast Becoming A Big Fan Of This Striker.

    In other words he has resigned himself to missing out on a striker costing over 3 million, and Cisse fits the bill with no outlay. Ashley out.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Is Mo’ Salad an MF???

  • 50 JAMSHA // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    King Colback

    thnxx man lol tought sum prob from my side

  • 51 BandB // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:34 PM


    Watching children grow up in harder neighbourhoods of the world taught me that, not Google.

    There’s a big uninfected world out there where their IS still such a thing as society. For a while longer,at least.

  • 52 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Anyway enough of me ranting like a lunatic. Where are these signings people?

  • 53 bladeuser // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Thats right nufc sign midfielders that we dont need we need defenders and strikers what a amateur shitty little club this is
    now we have s mac singing cisses praises so there is your stike force cisse riviere backed up by sdj and maybe shola as back up

  • 54 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    It’s not too late to turn things round. Forget scumbag billionaires and leaders owned by the wealthy. The US is a cesspool of greed, as is China. Ruthless and relentless. Time to out the whole rotten bunch.

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 15, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Our Toon,
    I don’t think Martinez knows how to use Barkley. From what I have sen of Barkley he doesn’t seem like he thinks he has made it. He doesn’t suit a Martinez side though.

    As for others thinking they have made it, quite pssibly. The Championship was the 7th best paid league in Europe in 13/14 – it may have dropped, but not significantly I wouldn’t have thought.

    English football development is a joke though. I’ve written and complained about this for years privately and publicly. Until the FA gets an executive who isn’t self involved and just wants to be a legend in his own lunchtime, nowt will change.

    It is all about here and now. What they can get. Nothing to do with development and improving.

  • 56 Grumpy // Jul 15, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Makes my back hurt watching Anita walk.

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