Cisse Misses The Plane But Are Newcastle United In Danger Of Missing The Boat?
So Papiss Cisse missed his plane today, or rather Newcastle United didn’t let him on the flight – you take your pick.
The Wonga/Cisse/NUFC/Ashley debate is a bit boring if you ask me.
When the story first came up 6 or 7 weeks ago, I thought it was typical close season fodder, something to keep the media ticking over.
With neither player or club commenting then everything is hearsay, ‘relying’ on what journalists are saying, people who may or may not be close to either side and privy to information.
The thing is though, in terms of the wearing of a logo (or not) there is already a precedent with Freddie Kanoute coming to an arrangement with his club/sponsor when he was at Sevilla and put in a similar position with shirt sponsor 888.com. Surely there must be room for compromise if there is willing on both sides?
However, I can’t help but have a rather sickly feeling that the club are wanting to cash in on Papiss Cisse and this is a handy lever to help get him out of the door without the club losing face. Banking £15m or more for a 28 year old might seem attractive to Mike Ashley, especially if he thinks he can replace Cisse with a 29 year old Darren Bent for £5m.
There is even conflict in terms of claims as to whether Cisse refused to go on the Portugal trip today, or whether the club (Ashley) banned him from going.
As I said earlier on, why this hasn’t been sorted out one way or another some time ago is just plain embarrassing.
Unless we are faced yet again with losing our top scorer late on and nobody available to replace him in time before the window closes…
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