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Newcastle United’s Cisse & Ba – Could This Be The Start Of a Great Toon Two?

In the week when, 40 years ago Hereford United giant-killed the mighty Newcastle United in the FA Cup – it seems strange as a Bulls fan to write about the potentially lethal strike duo the Toon have captured and for such (in Premiership terms) a small amount.

Of course, we know all about Demba Ba, signed on a free from West Ham, a Senegalese International and quite natural goal scorer with 16 goals already; but what about his country-man Papiss Cisse?

I doubt any Newcastle fan knew who he was when he put pen to paper from Freiburg and became the most expensive signing of the January transfer window before jetting off for international duty.

Both Ba and Cisse having a surprising early group stage exit from the African Cup of Nations, will also not have sparked any Black and White fan on the Tyne into thinking that this strike partnership could take them places or wanting to welcome Cisse with open arms either.

But as was shown in last week`s game against Villa, the African Cup of Nations loss was Newcastle`s gain; having seemingly forged an early formidable combination in the Strips of the Toon.

With Demba Ba coming to Tyneside on a free, this seemingly free-scoring duo cost only £10m, Suarez and Carroll costing around £55m and Rooney and Hernandez at £40m; it shows spending and scouting wisely can pay off.

In the last weekend`s game, it showed what they have and what the Toon army can expect, Demba Ba`s goal showed his forward-pushing goal-wanting determination which as gained him fans from all corners of the game and Cisse`s breath-taking mid-range top corner winner wasn`t just a goal of brilliance and beauty, it was a goal of great control, composure; but most of all intent.

Shearer, Macdonald, Cole and Milburn have gone before him in the iconic no.9 shirt and many combinations of players up front have caressed the green grass of St.James` Park, but from what was shown by Cisse and Ba was that the Toon Army have not just one, but two hungry hit-men ready to stamp their marks in the Toon Army History books.

Newcastle United, like most clubs in this economic age having to count the pennies and make the most of what they have. As Alan Pardew summed up when interviewed after the game,

“I have got to spend fans’ money here – if we don’t get anyone coming into the stadium, we haven’t got any money, so I like to spend it well.”

And spent it well he has. if Ba and Cisse keep playing and showing the talent they have to offer as they showed against Aston Villa, I think the turnstiles at Newcastle and the entertaining, fast paced football this club and fans love; won`t be stopping for a long time to come.

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