Euroscout: Papiss Cisse


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Papiss Cisse joins Demba Ba at St James' Park

After Newcastle completed a deal for Freiburg's Papiss Cisse, we cast our eye over the Premier League's latest striking star during Senegal's first game at the African Cup of Nations.

Player: Papiss Demba Cisse
Date of birth: June 3, 1985 (age 26)
Place of birth: Dakar, Senegal
Nationality: Senegalese
Height: 1.83m (6ft)
Position: Striker
Current club: Newcastle United
Former clubs: Freiburg, Metz, Cherbourg (loan), Chateauroux (loan), Douanes Dakar

: The Newcastle No.9 shirt possesses a certain mystique.  From Jackie Milburn, through Malcolm MacDonald and on to Alan Shearer, great goalscorers have passed through St James' Park with the number emblazoned on their back. The latest man to feel the weight of this history is new signing Papiss Demba Cisse.

The striker joined Newcastle from Freiburg for a fee of £10 million just prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations and will be paired with Senegal team-mate Demba Ba in the second half of the season as Newcastle aim to build on their excellent start and secure European qualification.

In Cisse, they have purchased a player whose acclimatisation to European football initially proved slow in France, before a transfer to Germany exposed the full potential of the dangerous striker.

Born in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, Cisse started his career with hometown club Douanes Dakar before earning a move to Metz in 2004. He was quickly farmed out to Cherbourg, scoring 11 goals in 26 games in the French National, before helping Metz to promotion from Ligue 2 in the 2006-07 campaign when scoring 12 goals in 32 games in their title-winning season.

A goalless streak of nine games in the top flight convinced Metz he was not ready for Ligue 1 football so Cisse embarked on an unimpressive loan spell with Chateauroux before returning to Metz following their relegation and scoring 15 goals in 37 games in the 2008-09 season to finish joint second top scorer in the second tier.

International recognition was forthcoming in 2009 and he scored twice on his debut against DR Congo in August, with a move to Germany coming in December as he joined Freiburg for a club record fee of £1.3m in a transfer that really catapulted him to fame.

The 2010-11 season saw Cisse shine in the Bundesliga and his tally of 22 goals was beaten by only Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez. As his scoring feats continued, his talents were broadcast to a wider audience and after claiming 37 goals in 65 league appearances for Freiburg he was recruited by Newcastle.

Player ratings

Passing: 7/10
Vision: 7/10
Pace: 8/10
Technique: 8/10
Work ethic: 7/10
Approximate value: £9m

Analysis from Senegal's 2-1 defeat to Zambia at the African Cup of Nations on January 21

66' - This is our first chance to see Papiss Cisse play with new Newcastle colleague Demba Ba, as he comes on for Moussa Sow.

70' - What a let-off for Zambia! Cisse chips the ball up and crosses for Ba at the far post, but his strike partner smashes his shot against the woodwork. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will have enjoyed that link-up between his new strikeforce.

'87 - Zambia are trying to break up the play, and it is working. Senegal are struggling to get Cisse and Ba into the game.

'89 - Dame N'Doye has the ball down the left with Ba and Cisse waiting, but the ball does not arrive.

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Cisse's record

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