I meant to have this posted yesterday evening. However, due to a certain bearded Newcastle United shirt sponsor, his chronically unreliable Broadband and constantly engaged customer service (who’s existence I am beginning to doubt), that sadly wasn’t possible in the end. As a certain Mr.J.Rotten once (rightly) said in regard the fellow in question:
“Never trust a Hippy.”
But I suspect that you don’t really want to read any more of my enraged rambling (unless perhaps, you want to know which Broadband provider to avoid like the plague) so I’ll get on with it!
Below is the interview given by Papiss Demba Cisse to “NUFC TV” after his signing was confirmed yesterday, along with additional verbiage from Alan Pardew and Derek Llambias (Booooooo!)
This is what Cissé had to say on his signing:
“I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the Club,”
“It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it.
“First of all, I would like to give good value for money for the people who brought me here.
“I want to pay back the confidence the Club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.”
On the nature of his game he then added:
“I am a goalscorer, and that is the thing which gives me the most pleasure. But it is also important that I help my teammates and bring something to the team.”
“Primarily though, my major strength is my goalscoring.”
On the news that he would be wearing the fabled Number 9 shirt for the club, Cisse then continued:
“I am aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt, and when I spoke with the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is.
“I will treat it with the respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt.”
Of course, Cisse’s Senegal, and now Newcastle United partner in (goalscoring) crime, Demba Ba, is currently in Africa for the “Africa Cup of Nations”, and Cisse would have been there too had he not been signing for the club today. On this, and partnering with his Senegal teammate for club as well as country Cisse continued:
“I spoke with the coach of Senegal and was pleased that he allowed me to come here and join the club.
“Obviously it is great for me that I will be with my colleague Demba, who plays with me for Senegal, so I am hopeful that we can form a great partnership.”
Moving on, Newcastle United’s Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, also had quite alot to say (as per usual). On Cisse he purred:
“Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play.
“He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.
“Unfortunately he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley could do the deal in this window.
“It has become obvious this season that the team and the Club have done exceptionally well, and Mike Ashley has backed me to bring this player to the Club.
“I would like to thank Mike, Derek and everyone involved for getting this deal over the line.
“I spoke to Demba about Papiss, and he cannot wait to join up with his teammate in Newcastle.
“In the short-term, of course, he is at the Africa Cup of Nations, but the competition he will bring to our squad when he joins up with us should inspire the players and reassure them of this Club’s ambition.
“Our fans know that this shirt brings its own pressures. One of the iconic numbers in world football – the number nine of Newcastle.
“It will be only fair that Papiss is given time to understand the responsibility it brings.
“As the manager, I wish him all the luck in the world to bring success to himself and this Club.”
He then concluded with some stuff about Newcastle United’s other strikers stepping up whilst our new “dynamic duo” are over in Africa.
Last but certainly least, Managing Director and Pantomime villain, Derek Llambias, (Boooooooo!) had this to say about the signing:
“He’s worth f*** all.”
“We are very pleased to bring Papiss to the Club.
“It is a signing which perfectly complements the type of side Alan is building, and we are sure he will prove to be an excellent acquisition going forward.
“He has travelled a long way to come and sign with us today, and we thank the Senegalese Football Federation for their assistance in helping us secure the player.”
Actually, no! I’ll give the final word to a supporter of a certain other North East club, “Kieron” the Sunderland fan. He commented on our blog yesterday to give his articulate, measured and magnanimous response to the signing. He wrote:
“get lost u scum ****** always the same knickin our scouting network players dinit need him any way so **** of u scumbags SAFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Thanks for your input Kieron.
Now for some hot Cisse video action!
Welcome to Newcastle!
Best of 2010/2011.
Papiss Demba Cisse – Superstar!
If at first you don’t succeed, give it to Papiss and let him bang it in!
He’s isn’t perfect though!
More videos from yesterday’s post on the Cisse signing
Papiss Cisse stats
Papiss Cisse stats at ESPN.