Alan Pardew has admitted today that he is continually talking to Papiss Cisse, and trying to calm him, so that the 27 year-old Senegal striker can somehow get his best form back, and start firing those goals in again for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – Alan Pardew talking to him all the time
There are lots of our players out at the moment with injury – Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Shola Ameobi, Gabby Obertan and Adam Campbell – that’s nine players and includes Adam Campbell, who is still a fringe player at the club at only 17.
The Newcastle manager is just pleased he has a player of Cisse’s immense ability to call on, and he had this to say in the local press today about Papiss:
“I am talking to him and trying to calm him, tell him that he’s still he same player and we are still very confident in him.” “It’s only been a small period if you compare it to, say Torres’ period, but you would have to say it’s something we are going to have to keep an eye on.”
“That’s because we don’t want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times.” “He’s a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.”
And Alan has also admitted that the training ground is not a happy place at the moment, because of all the injuries to the Newcastle squad, and he had this to say:
“It doesn’t help your mood. You have to lift yourself and look for the positives.” “The training ground is a negative place, to a degree, because everyone is feeling a little bit sorry for themselves, and you have to shake that out and be professional about it.”
“But it does affect your mood, you can’t help that, and there’s a determination on our training ground to put it right.” “We are going to Stoke, one of the most difficult places there is to do that, but that’s what we are going to try to do.”
The worst thing that players can do is to feel sorry for themselves when things are not going well, which invariably happens for any team in the Premier League during a season.
We have to buckle down and win or a good performance could be what we need to start turning the season around.
We hope that can happen tonight at the Britannia Stadium.
Howay The Lads!!
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