Papiss Cise has made an instant impact at Newcastle United with 10 goals in just 9 games.
Papiss Cisse – at Swansea
And it says something about the Newcastle club, in terms of their scouting network and their willingness to do whatever it takes to settle in a a player – that Newcastle have been so rewarded by Cisse, since he came into the side early February.
We have to remember that most players who arrive in January are busy settling in for the rest of that first season, as they come in half way through a season, and have no pre-season under their belt.
There are various bits of transfer news going on right now, about some our top players possibly leaving Newcastle this summer, and they include Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul.
The two African players, Cheick and Demba Ba, have helped helped Papiss to settle quickly on Tyneside, and he says he would be worried if they left in the summer:
“Yes, I would be worried if they Ba and Tiote left, because they have helped me a lot,”
“It may effect me because of that, but at the end of the day that’s football and if a big opportunity came along for them to move they can, but I would love for them to stay and play here longer, because we are doing very well together.”
“It’s down to Newcastle, they will do the right thing. At the end of the day I trust the club and they will do the right thing.” ”There’s no rivalry between me and Demba,”
“He has scored more goals than me and he’s opened up many doors for me. We are playing how the manager has asked us to play, and sometimes that means Demba playing out wide and me playing more centrally as a striker.”
“Sometimes we switch round and he goes to attack meaning I have to defend. He’s really happy for me to score and I’m happy when he scores.” “He’s gone a few games without scoring, but he will do it again very soon.”
While Cisse has scored 10 goals in 9 games for Newcastle, Demba ba has scored only one in the same time-frame, so he’s going through a tough spell at the moment.
Since Papiss Cisse came on board Alan Pardew has elected to play in a 4-3-3 formation with Newcastle’s top three scorers Ba (16) Cisse (10) and Ben Arfa (6) playing as the front three.
And Newcastle now can break from defense at lightning speed, as they showed in the West Brom game in particular, when we were 3-0 up at the half.
With Newcastle almost certainly in Europe next season, hopefully we will be able to keep our top players and build on the squad we already have in place.
The expectation is that Newcastle will now bring in five players, and will at the same time unload some of the fringe players – like Alan Smith as one example.
But we hope we don’t start selling our best players, who have got us this far in the first place - that wouldn’t be good.
Papiss puts it best by saying it’s down to Newcastle to do the right thing.
We hope they do just that.
What do you think?