Papiss Cissé has been talking to journalists in advance of the Norwich match and as ever, journalists covering Newcastle United are putting their own very unique spin on what he had to say.
This is how the Daily Mail covered the striker’s comments and what Alan Pardew had to say about him;
Papiss Demba Cissé has warned Newcastle fans and manager Alan Pardew not to write him off.
The £9million signing from Freiburg, and new Newcastle No 9, scored two in his first three games but after struggling in the Tyne-Wear derby he was left out of Monday’s trip to Arsenal.
‘It has been hard but interesting to swap clubs and countries and it means you have time to get to know your team-mates for next season so I have a head-start. I am hoping I will play better when I am more settled.
‘Great men have worn the No 9 shirt so I know exactly what it means. I feel good with this shirt and the fact they have given this shirt brings positive pressure.’
Pardew has been using fellow countryman Demba Ba to help Cisse integrate into the Newcastle squad and he has insisted he will persevere with the Senegal international who is likely to be recalled for Norwich’s trip to Tyneside.
The Newcastle boss added:
‘You’re doing it through interpreters and the message can get lost. But he already speaks four languages and he’s diligent so it’s not going to be a problem.
‘He found the last couple of games tough but what I do know is that in training, his finishing is a huge asset. The problem that we’ve got at the moment is that we’re not creating enough chances for him.
Do they do it on purpose or is it just institutionalised?
If Manchester United had signed a foreign striker mid-season, who couldn’t speak English, and he scored twice despite only starting three matches, would they use words like ‘Don’t write me off’ as their spin on what the striker had said.
Or that the manager ‘insisted he will persevere’ with the player…who had scored two goals in only three starts?!!
Cissé didn’t talk about any fear of being ‘written off‘, just as his manager didn’t ‘insist he was going to persevere’.
The language used by the journalists would suggest that the player has been written off by somebody, if that is true then it certainly isn’t the fans or the manager, so who does that leave….?
As for Alan Pardew insisting he will persevere with Cissé, that clearly suggests that the manager is having to justify his faith in the player and that this flop will come good eventually.
Not a player still settling in who has still to learn the language but has still scored twice despite only only starting three matches and who the manager says his biggest problem is not having enough chances created by his team-mates!!