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It’s a sign of just how well Newcastle’s scouts and managements have done this season that I could have quite easily named a handful of their players as one of the signings of the season.
Demba Ba, picked up after he opted-out from relegated West Ham, has hit an impressive 16 goals in the Premier League, although his form has dipped since traveling to the African Cup of Nations.
Likewise, Yohan Cabaye, signed from French champions Lille, has shown himself to be a great asset in midfield, with a superb range of passing, and a number of assists.
But Papiss Cisse is perhaps the best of the lot, and makes it into my top five signings of the season.
Even after scoring a number of goals in both Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, a few eyebrows were raised in January 2012, when Newcastle signed the forward for around £10 million from the German side Freiburg.
But 11 goals in only 10 Premier League performances tells its own story.
Cisse has helped to keep Newcastle’s superb league season on track, and they remain in the hunt for the Champions League thanks to his goals.
As such, he’s not just a great signing, but an example of how the oft-maligned January transfer window can be a great asset, when used wisely.