We are not the only ones hoping that we’ll soon see the Papiss Cisse of last season in the number 9 shirt of Newcastle United, but the Senegal striker has been only a shadow of what he what he was last season, so far in this campaign.
Papiss Cisse - only 3 goals in 14 appearances this season
And the 27 year-old has freely admitted that he is struggling in front of goal, and in 14 appearances this season he has only 3 goals compared to 13 goals last term over the same number of games.
Papiss was signed in January from SC Freiburg in Germany, while he was representing Senegal at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), and when he started playing for Newcastle he was simply a revelation, and he helped Newcastle get up to 5th position in the league table.
Newcastle may have to bring in another striker early in January again, with it looking very likely that Shola Ameobi will be in the Nigerian squad for the AFCON in South Africa, starting in January.
And if Shola is out, that will put even more pressure on Papiss Cisse to score the goals.
This is what Papiss said about his scoring exploits – or lack thereof – this season:
“I know I was scoring in every match last season, so when I have not been scoring I have felt a little bit down.” “But I have got three goals now, one in each competition, and that makes me certain that I will soon be back to what I was last season.”
It’s usually a question of confidence when a striker doesn’t score many goals, and all he needs is a good game, in which he could rifle in a couple of goals, without even thinking about it.
Maybe that will be tomorrow at home against Swansea, and Newcastle could certainly do with a couple of goals from the Senegal man tomorrow afternoon – that’s for sure.
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