Papiss Cisse is struggling to get back into his top goal-scoring form of last season, and it’s what all strikers go through at various stages in their careers, when there are periods of severe drought, and it’s important for them during this time to stay positive and keep believing in themselves.
Papiss Cisse – out of sorts at the moment
Papiss’ current problems are nothing that a goal will not put right quite quickly, and we saw what this lad can do for our club last season when he scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for Newcastle – fantastic.
Of course it didn’t help either Newcastle or Cisse’s confidence when he blasted over a first-half penalty in yesterday’s game, and he has also missed penalties for both Newcastle and Senegal over the summer.
Alan Pardew has a good name for how he coaches his strikers, and he has come out today and said there’s nothing much wrong with the Senegal captain:
“I don’t know whether you saw it but he scored an unbelievable goal against Ivory Coast.” “He’s one of those players who doesn’t really carry baggage if I’m honest. I don’t see an overriding problem there – I just know with Papiss one moment, one goal will get him back in the groove.”
“Like all great players, you’ve got to stand by them. We stood by Hatem when he wasn’t at his best and look at him now.” “In a kind of forgettable game for most people – especially neutrals – there were four or five moments from Hatem today that you could put in a World Cup.”
“They were really special and that is where he’s at at the moment.”
Papiss Cisse is out of sorts at the moment, but the reception he got from the Newcastle crowd when he left the field yesterday with 25 minutes to go, will warm his heart.
It was a thoughtful appreciation of what this player has already done for Newcastle, and in a way trying to help him back into form.
But as we said earlier, there’s nothing much wrong with Cisse, and of course we have Demba Ba knocking them in at the moment for Newcastle.
Get well soon Papiss.
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