13 Goals in 12 Games: That's What Happens When You Take a Chance On Papiss Cisse.
In summer 2011, when Papiss Cisse was playing for SC Freiburg—having scored 22 Bundesliga goals in 32 games last season—no club was willing to take a chance on him.
That's because he was valued at £14 million, a fee which no manager or board of directors was willing to pay, especially for a player who previously had less than 30 games of top-flight experience—despite being a professional for seven years.
Many sides were said to be interested—and a few sent scouts—but no club was brave enough to make a bid, and the summer transfer window went by with no big move for the striker.
And come the January transfer window this season, clubs were again reluctant to pay significant money for the player, who, disappointed not to have moved in the summer, was producing a slightly lower goal rate of nine goals in 17 games.
Manager Alan Pardew put great faith into Cisse and signed him up on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The Toon were the only club that really took a chance on the striker and allowed him to play on a bigger stage.
Twelve Premier League games later and the 26-year-old Senegal international certainly hasn't disappointed, scoring 13 goals—including the greatest goal you'll ever see against Chelsea.
Here are five incredibly stupid clubs who, given where they are right now, will forever regret not paying up and signing Papiss Cisse when they had the chance.
Yes, Blackburn Rovers could've actually signed Papiss Cisse. This is what the player's agent had to say in June 2011 on their interest: "Blackburn watched him about 10 times last season and I have seen the scout. But as yet we have not heard anything official."
Reports say they did make a rejected £6 million offer for Cisse that month and were going to double it to £12 million, but that clearly never happened.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni was certainly a decent option in the end for Blackburn—considering he's scored 16 goals in 29 games this season—but if the Rovers had a world-class striker (i.e., Cisse) in their ranks, then 19th place and relegation from the Premier League probably wouldn't be their current predicament
Newcastle fans will hate to think it, but Papiss Cisse could've joined Sunderland back in January.
But the dilly-dallying cost Sunderland, as the very next day he was confirmed as a Newcastle United player.
It's something that could haunt the Mackems for many seasons to come given the impact Cisse is having for their bitter rivals.
It could have been them enjoying all of his spectacular, match-winning goals.
But Spurs waited too long, lost out to Newcastle and ended up with Louis Saha from Everton instead.
They skimped on a striker rather than paying money—signing Saha for free—and it's cost them 10 goals and quite possibly a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Fulham were yet another average Premier League club who passed up the opportunity of a lifetime to sign world-class goal machine Papiss Cisse.
In August 2011, after Cisse issued a come-and-get-me plea to any team with enough money in England to buy him, it was reported that the Cottagers were considering to meet Freiburg's £13 million valuation for the player.
Like the foolish clubs before them, however, the West Londoners passed up the chance to grab the Senegalese goal-getter from Germany.
In 27 games for Fulham, Ruiz has scored two goals. For less money, they could've theoretically gotten 11 more goals from Cisse in 15 less matches.
They may be atop of Serie A having not lost a league game this season, but for the team in desperate need of a striker, it's a case of what may have been for Juventus had they signed a world-class forward like Papiss Cisse.
The Bianconeri were reportedly (link in Italian) keen on a €15 million swoop for the then-Freiburg striker, meeting the Bundesliga side's valuation.
But instead of Cisse they got Alessandro Matri, and 10 goals from 30 games later (by which time Cisse could've theoretically scored 33 goals) it hasn't turned out to be the greatest of investments.
Papiss Cisse, however, certainly was a fantastic investment, and if Juventus or any of the other clubs interested had signed the player, their seasons could've been made a great deal better.