One of the surprises of the season so far is the way Newcastle have been without a cutting edge up front, and we’ve had both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the side.
Papiss Cisse rifling the ball home in second half against Villa in February
But the only real threat was when Demba Ba scored his fantastic goal against Tottenham out of nothing, and Papiss Cisse has been very quiet so far this season.
Maybe we’ll see an explosion of their undoubted talents on Sunday, when we take on Aston Villa at St. James’ Park, and certainly a win in that game would keep most fans happy through the upcoming two week International break.
Papiss Cisse made his debut in the same fixture last year in February, when he blasted home his first goal for Newcastle when he beautifully brought the ball down on his chest and blasted the ball high into the net – a fantastic piece of skill from the Senegal International, and the only game in which both Dembas have scored for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press this morning:
“Our two strikers have been quiet.” “We need a bit more from them.” “I want to see them back to their best and tomorrow is an opportunity for them.” “Villa will have a few senior players back.”
“You have to feel for them because they’ve had a lot missing. I feel for the manager and the club. They’ll be back though and it means we have to beat a better side.” “They will probably play a diamond system against us.”
“That usually means an open game and a football game.” “I think our fans will see a great game if they come. They were at Chelsea and on Thursday against Atromitos.” “I can only thank them, I thought they were brilliant.”
Cisse is still learning English, but he did manage to communicate with the Evening Chronicle today, and he had this to say when asked if could repeat his heroics of February:
“I hope so. That’s what I’ll be focused on tomorrow.”
Aston Villa have made a poor start under new boss Paul Lambert, with two league defeats, but his Norwich team earlier this year gave Newcastle all they could handle, before we won that game 1-0 with a goal from – who else – Papiss Cisse.
Papiss Cisse scoring winner against Paul Lambert’s Norwich last season
If Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse heed Alan Pardew’s warning tomorrow, we could get all 3 points against Villa, and hopefully show a lot more attacking prowess than we’ve shown so far this season.
That would be great!
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