The low down on our new No. 9

What can we expect from Cisse?
Many Toon fans are still in shock at the signing of Papiss Demba Cisse, not only with the stature of the signing, but also the amount of investment made.

However, apart from media hype, just how much do we know about him, and just what does he potentially have to offer?

At 26 years of age, he is certainly experienced, but at the same time, he just fits into the club’s youth criteria of buying value. Interestingly, our last iconic striking legend, Alan Shearer also signed for the club at age 26 in the prime of his career, and he went on to score over 200 goals for Newcastle.

Whilst nobody expects Cisse to go on and reach the same heights that Shearer did in the Premier League, there is certainly plenty of time for our new number nine to go on, and repay the value of outlay spent on his services.

Standing 6′ 0″ tall and weighing around 75kg, he is a powerful striker, who has excellent movement around the field, and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. A strong right foot and an excellent finisher, Cisse has scored goals where ever he has played in his career to date.


Starting his professional career in Europe with Metz in the French Lique 1, Cisse only really got his chance to shine as a 22-year-old after his club’s relegation to Ligue 2.

Here, the Senegalese striker went on to score 22 goals in 53 (46 starts) appearances before making his move to the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg.


Cisse made a fine start to his SC Freiburg career, netting 7 goals in 16 appearances (13 starts). 2010, however, would be the season Cisse started to make a real name for himself in Europe.

He scored 24 goals in 34 starts to finish the Bundesliga’s second top scorer, behind Mario Gomez who scored 42 goals that season in 55 appearances (39 starts).

Cisse outshone the likes of Edin Dzeko (14), Lucas Barrios (19), Pavel Pogrebnyak (10), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (24), Lucas Podolski (19), Raul (19), Arjen Robben (17) and Thomas Muller (23), despite playing in a SC Freiburg team which only just managed a top ten finish – Cisse scored 54% of his teams goals that season.

This season, SC Freiburg are sitting rock bottom of the Bundesliga standings, however, this has not stopped Cisse from continuing his goal scoring trend. He remains amongst the league top goal scorers, with nine goals and two assists from 17 appearances.

His total career record at club level is an impressive 61 goals from 115 starts (129 appearances).

Considering he has only shown his best form in the last two seasons at a top European level, it is not surprising that Cisse was only called up to the Senegalese squad in 2009 at the age of 24. Here too though, he has made a great start with seven goals from 13 international appearances. Demba Ba has scored three goals for Senegal in 10 appearances.

In a recent survey, done by Africa’s biggest mobile phone service provider MTN, Papiss Demba Cisse was ranked as the seventh best African player. Here he beat out the likes of Yaya Toure and Gervinho finishing just behind Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Moussa Sow in the striking department.

No doubt carrying the number nine shirt he will have a lot of pressure on him to succeed, but I can only hope the fans allow him time to settle in. It could well be only next season that we see him making a major impact.

All in all, the stats speak for themselves, and now it is up to Cisse to get down to business when he joins up with the Newcastle squad in February.

Having been bitterly disappointed with the sale of Andy Carroll, I now perceive the his transfer as possibly the best best of business ever done by the club. We lost one quality striker, but gained Demba Ba. Yet because of his fee, people never saw Ba as a replacement, but more of an addition to the squad.

Now we have Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse! And I personally wouldn’t swap either for Carroll, let alone both… Would you?

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About JJ

Toon supporter since 1993. Living in South Africa. I've been following Newcastle since the days of Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley. Despite all the turmoil recently, the passion only grows with time.

110 thoughts on “The low down on our new No. 9

  1. [email protected] – People are absolutely well within their right to not rate a player. But jeering, booing and shouting slanderous personal insults to 1 particular player will never ever see him suddenly improve if he is having a stinker.


  2. Batty 😆 I stopped following him after the last transfer window but when “Cisse” was trending on twitter I seen loads of people had retweeted that! 😆


  3. EvilFranky says:
    January 19, 2012 at 12:02

    But I’ve never heard anyone boo him? I’ve heard groans when he beats a man then comes inside to beat him again and losses the ball but that’s what it’s like at a football game.


  4. Good write-up JJ.

    ….can’t believe people are still talking about Barton. 😯
    Who brought that up? Ah, Toon Chicken, obviously missing him eh? He was a good player for us, but continually kicks himself in the teeth on Twatter. He’s gone now anyway and we have a better squad now than we did when he was here, that’s not to say we couldn’t do with him in our ranks. Anyway, that’s me done.

    Yeah Toonsy, as Army pointed out the Senegal game is on British Eurosport at 8:55 on Saturday evening:

    3 points for me this weekend anyway. Fk a draw. 😯 😎


  5. Stu – I appreciate not everyone has heard this, but myself and others on here are defo within close range of a small number of complete fucking morons who do it.

    It’s incredibly cringe worthy no wonder we got labeled as fickle (all footy fans are to an extent anyway).


  6. …yeah I noticed that Hitman, the FCB chants must’ve struck a nerve.

    If he continues the way he’s going in the transfer market, I might have to ditch ‘Fatty’ and start referring to him as ‘Cuddly’. 😆


  7. He wasn’t wearing his “Judas” money belt, that’s all 😉

    “You slim cockney Barsteward, get oot of wor”…
    oops hang on, he just bought Cisse.
    ” We love you Ashley we do…” who’s fickle? 😉


  8. Nee one notices me.

    Is it the eurosport channel that is playing senegal’s game on saturday? ❓ if so is that the channel that has all that motorbiking on sand and racing renault clio’s?… IF SO….. Do i need the sports package on me sky…. IIIFFF SSSOOO!

    I’m not watching it. Wor lass pays for the telly. 😆


  9. did anyone remember me saying

    ‘papiss demab cisse spotted outside woolworths waiting for it to open’? a couple of weeks ago?

    on the ball me.


  10. Nobs, I guessed ‘hench’ may have been a reference to ‘henchman’ I.E. burly rather than fat.

    Regarding Eurosport, a divnt nah, I get it but I’ve got the Sky Sports channel. It’s on ‘British Eurosport’, which I think comes with the Sky Sports packages and isn’t free. I might be wrong though. check your TV stations.


  11. Nobby – Hench = Stacked, ripped, muscular etc etc

    As for Eurosport, pass. There’ll be a stream of it anyway.


  12. Nobby…..nae idea, I live in Spain 😆

    …however, the only Eurosport Channel here is German Eurosport which is showing nearly all the games. I couldn’t find it on digital but have searched on analogue and have found it, it is in fact the only channel still broadcasting on analogue over here in Spain as they have completed the switch to digital. While I realise this is of no use to you in your quest whats so ever, it has made me as happy as a pig in shit 😉 😆


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