Once Papiss Cisse settles down at Newcastle he will be up front with his Senegal team mate Demba Ba in the starting line-up.
Cisse leads training yesterday – Ba looks knackered at the back
But that may not happen in tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa, at least not at the start of the game.
Alan Pardew has said he has a lot of tired strikers in the squad with Cisse and Ba just returning from a disappointing African Cup of Nations for Senegal.
Senegal failed to qualify from their group A, and in fact lost all three group games by a score of 2-1.
But it will surely be a help that the game is on Sunday, which gives the team an extra day to prepare for what is another vital game for the Newcastle side.
We had thought Newcastle had a better chance of beating Aston Villa at home than Blackburn away last Wednesday night, but the game tomorrow will not be an easy one, after the great win at Ewood Park.
As usual, Alan Pardew is not giving much away about what his starting eleven will be tomorrow afternoon, and he talked about the two Senegal strikers and that all his strikers are tired:
“With Demba also being from Senegal it ticked a lot of boxes. Demba is a character who is difficult to fall out with, he has a good personality. They will strike up a good relationship.”
“There are certain shirts – No. 7 at Liverpool, No. 10 at Manchester United, No. 10 at Arsenal, No. 9 here.” “It is very important every player knows clubs have different legends and traditions running through them.”
“Cissee is going to have to wear it and I am sure he will do it justice. Now I will just let him relax and take it in. He has a lot to take in on Sunday.”
“I would be surprised if Cissé and Ba do not get at least part of the game.” “We had a tough game at Blackburn. Strikers have to be fresh.”
“They have both had a long journey and are not at the top of their tree either. So all of my strikers are a bit jaded. I will have a look in training to see who is the freshest.”
Newcastle have the early kick-off game at 1:30 pm, and then Chelsea play Manchester United in a 4:00 pm game at Stamford Bridge.
If Newcastle beat Aston Villa we can all watch that next game very relaxed, knowing that if Manchester United win, we will be level on points with Chelsea on 42 points and joint 4th in the Premier League.
That would be huge for Newcastle at this stage of the season, and it will give the lads confidence for the next game, which is at White Hart Lane next Saturday afternoon – another rather tough game.
But we’ll have Cisse and ba in that game and anything can happen.
Howay The Lads!!