Papiss Cisse is off.
The striker who made a blistering start at Newcastle United has become the latest name player to join the exodus to China.
Cisse joins Demba Ba and Obafemi Martins in a Chinese Super League that is paying big wages for former Premier League stars.
As a fan, I would rather think about those first four months at Newcastle United than the next four years.
Papiss Cisse only managed 24 goals in the past four Premier League campaigns, whilst he knocked in 13 in that second half of the 2011/12 season, starting 13 games and a sub in another, the striker scored a goal every 86 minutes as Newcastle finished fifth – watch all of these goals below.
Of those 13 goals, leaving the mad goal of the season to one side for a minute, I would choose these three as my favourite that season:
That chip against Swansea…
The other goal against Chelsea, chipped up with his right for an exquisite left foot volley.
Cute finish against Stoke after a sublime Cabaye pass and clever Cisse run that kept him onside…
Watch them below and choose your own favourite(s).
Official Newcastle United Statement:
‘Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng.
The 31-year-old striker has signed for the Chinese Super League club for an undisclosed fee, and leaves Tyneside after four-and-a-half years.
Cisse joined the Magpies in January 2012 from SC Freiburg and scored 44 goals in 131 appearances for the Club.
Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Papiss all the best for the next stage of his career.’