Both Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have so far been a little quiet this season, with only one goal between them, and Papiss Cisse has been the quieter striker of the two, and has not scored in his last five appearances for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – very quiet this season
Considering these two scored 29 goals between them last season, and Papiss Cisse got his 13 goals in less than half a season on Tyneside, big things are expected of these two strikers this term, and we have very little in reserve.
Shola Ameobi is the third striker at the club, but the local lad has been out all season with a hamstring pull, and very rarely is he fit enough to play more than half of Newcastle’s games in any one season.
Alan Pardew has talked about least season’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa in February, when Papiss Cisse made his debut and both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse scoring in the first game they ever played together.
But they haven’t done the same thing since, and we have to hope both can get on target today when Aston Villa come visiting St. James’ Park.
This is how the Newcastle manager described that game:
The manager said:
“It was a flat game actually, and he lifted it with that wonder goal, and it underlined his start for us.” “It would be great if he gets a goal again because when he is scoring, we do look a different side.”
“He has had a couple of quiet ones for him, so we are looking for him to be a little bit livelier on Sunday and get a goal.” “There’s a big game in this international window for Newcastle. Really from my side, I don’t really want Senegal to win.”
“That’s just on a selfish front, and I apologize to our Senegal fans, but that’s just my opinion. It would give us a problem.”
The big game is the play-off between the Ivory Coast and Senegal in the African Cup of nations, which will take place in South Africa in January and February.
Senegal have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, and the Ivory Coast have with Cheick Tiote, and Alan is simply playing the numbers game, and hoping that Senegal are eliminated.
If Senegal win, Newcastle may have to bring in another striker in the January transfer window, but we should have done that this summer, to replace Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best, who both left the club.
It’s a little bit late to think of that now.
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