Papiss Cisse had a very quiet game last Sunday before he was replaced by Shola Ameobi after 72 minutes.
Papiss Cisse – had a quiet outing against Sunderland
And after Shola came on he got the penalty after 82 minutes and also scored that dramatic equalizer in stoppage time for his home town club.
We think what probably happened is the intensity of the game took Papiss by surprise, and Alan Pardew has said today it’s still difficult to communicate with the Senegal striker, who is taking English lessons.
But the 26 year-old has already scored two good goals for the side, and in training he’s been impressive in his goal-scoring exploits, and could become a big, big player for Newcastle.
His compatriot Demba Ba has been helping him with things in the dressing room, but Papiss wasn’t in the game at all on Sunday, and the Newcastle manager believes part of that is due to him not being able to speak much English at the moment.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“I’m going to speak to him about it. It’s important now that we bed this guy in, in terms of dialogue, because his English isn’t very good. When, how do I get it across to him through a translator?”
“With Davide Santon, I can look him in the eye and talk to him and he understands what I’m saying, because we are trying to improve his English. He had a problem in terms of the intensity and Papiss was the same.”
“We need to get Papiss into a really good place towards the end of the season because next year when he’s going to be very, very important to us.”
“I’m making sure he’s doubling up with his English lessons. He’s a diligent guy and can speak three languages and I don’t think it is going to be a problem for him.”
It will be interesting to see what the team is for Arsenal, and we think Papiss will definitely start, but are not so certain about Davide, after Ryan Taylor was put back at left back in the second half and Ben Arfa came on and was the star man in the second half on the right wing.
If Ben Arfa does get the start, then it will be important for him to work hard, as he did on Sunday.
The best player in the world is Lionel Messi, and he always works his socks off for Barcelona, and Ben Arfa could look at the way Messi plays in terms of work-rate, and replicate it.
Ben Arfa always reminds us of Messi in the way he uses his left foot all the time and is anxious to take players on.
That cannot be bad, and If he can increase his work-rate and become a bit more consistent, the 24 year-old could be a boon for Newcastle through the end of the season, in our remaining 11 games.