The English press are raving about Papiss Cisse this morning, and I’ve just seen on Sky Sports, a collage of goals he has scored since joining Newcastle from SC Frieburg in January – WOW.
Papiss Cisse – do you think he just scored?
And if Andy Carroll is worth £35M, then we don’t know how much this lad is now worth, after showing he can score goals, almost at will, in the English Premier League.
Papiss has 13 goals in 12 games for the Magpies, and his second goal last night was simply sensational, and his best goal yet for Newcastle - can he ever score a better one?
Papiss thinks that goal is the best he’s ever scored in his career
“It was a wonderful goal.” “It was the best goal of my career – I was so happy to score it.” “When the ball came to me, I was only thinking about scoring. It was an instinctive finish.”
“I was also pleased with my first goal. It was important for the team. It was a good evening for me and the team.” “We have to take it match by match. We have Manchester City and Everton.”
“It’s not going to be easy, but we have confidence, which is important. We believe in each other.” “I came to the Premier League to show my quality, and everything is going well.”
“I’m enjoying my football – everything is good on and off the pitch.” “We hope to play in the Champions League, and we will work hard to achieve that.”
Papiss was already on his way to being a folk hero on Tyneside, and this will only quicken that, and heaven help it when he needs another hair-cut.
And we expect Newcastle to offer Papiss Cisse anew deal over the summer, after he has shown he can be a world-class striker for Newcastle.
But Demba Ba was unlucky last night not to score, and he had a good shot saved low down by Peter Cech just before the break, as the Czech goalkeeper turned it around the post for a corner.
And from the resulting corner, Ba hit a great right foot shot, but it hit the cross-bar and came back out.
We expect Alan Pardew to play 4-4-2 on Sunday, and Ba and Cisse are a handful for any defense these days, and they should worry the Manchester City defense at St. James’ Park, in front of another sell-out crowd.
City will know all about Papiss Cisse, as Roberto Mancini was at the game last night, and it may just open it up for Demba Ba to be among the goals, in our last home game of the season.
Newcastle will be going all out for two wins in their last two games, and if they can do that against City and then Everton away, they will finish in the top four if Arsenal and Tottenham don’t win both of their remaining games.
It would be astounding if Newcastle finish 4th this season, and it looks like that’s possible with just two more wins.