It looks like Alan Pardew will start Papiss Cisse tomorrow night at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup, and it’s in the hopes that he can break his duck so far this season, and put that ball into the back of the net.
Papiss Cisse – in action at Atromitos
But we have to remember this is very similar to what happened last season with Demba Ba, who had a slow start to the season, before he exploded with a terrific hat-trick at Stoke City.
All strikers go through barren spells, and we remember when it used to happen to Alan Shearer, when he was playing at Newcastle and for England, and it became a National concern, such was the importance of Alan Shearer to England.
Alan Pardew is a very good man manager, and we look to him to find some way for Papiss to get a goal, but the good news is that Papiss is still banging them in during training, and he’s still getting into the right positions during games, to create the chances.
It would be an awful lot worse if those two things were not happening.
Alan Pardew explained all this today to the local press:
“I have not picked the side yet, but we will help Papiss in his efforts to get a goal. That is what we are about.” “Myself and my team have got the best out of most of my players here, particularly Papiss last season.”
“That was easy for us. He was scoring goals and you could almost let him run free. Now he needs help and that’s where we hopefully come into line.” “He is still getting into positions and, for sure, you worry more if he wasn’t.”
“For him, he had three good chances and in training, they are flying in like they always have but in the game situations, sometimes you just need a bit of luck and that is where he is at.” “I haven’t come across a situation like this too often.”
“Certainly not as stark as this.” “I remember Bobby Zamora used to go on goal runs. Marlon Harewood was playing for me at West Ham then and he used to go quiet.” “It’s kind of one gets the glory and the other feels poor about it, I guess.”
“That might be one side of it but if they both hit on the same day, we’ll be laughing. Hopefully soon.”
Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba haven’t been able to score in games when playing together at Newcastle, and the only time they did that was in the very very game they played together at Newcastle, on February 5th, when Papiss made his debut and both lads scored, and we beat Aston Villa 2-1.
And we also have to remember that last season Demba Ba started off with a barren spell, and didn’t score for Newcastle until October 31st, when he smashed in a hat-trick at Stoke City , in the 3-1 win.
We expect Shola Ameobi to get a game up front tomorrow night too, so it looks like Demba Ba will not get a game, although he could be on the bench, and of course we saw at Everton how good he can be when he comes into a game off the bench.
We are hoping Newcastle will be fielding a strong side, and Colo and Tiote will both start for Newcastle tomorrow, and it will be great to have them back in the starting eleven again.
It will be a tough game tomorrow night, but Manchester United will not be starting their best side either, although it looks like Wayne Rooney could return.
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