One of the things that’s never clicked in almost a year since Papiss Cisse arrived on Tyneside, is the link up play between Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, and to us they seem far too similar in style to be a good striker partnership.
Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba – so what are we doing wrong?
When Papiss first arrived on Tyneside he was unbelievable, and in his first 14 games for Newcastle he hit 13 great goals, but Demba Ba had a rough time of it, and scored very few goals once Papiss arrived, and that was mainly because he was out on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation.
This season it’s Demba Ba who has been the goalscorer with 10 goals in 16 league appearances, and Cisse has only two goals in the league, although he also has a couple of goals in Cup competitions, but he’ been nothing like the Cisse we knew from last season.
Alan Pardew has admitted it’s a bit of a dilemma trying two work out how they can play better together:.
“That’s a process we’re looking at, to try and get the best out of the two – Cissé and Ba. We do sometimes change within a game, like we did at Fulham, to try and do that.”
“Obviously the opposition try to disrupt this. They don’t want them to play well, so we have to find a way where they contribute. I thought at Fulham they did some good things, but that’s not to say we can’t improve it.”
“We’re still working to get the best out of them. We need Cissé scoring goals for this football club. We need him scoring special goals. It is a process we have done some work on.”
A fit Shola Ameobi is probably a better striker partner than Papiss Cisse at the moment, because he can lay chances on for Ba with his head-ons, although we could play 4-3-3 with Cisse on one of the wings, which the manager has been trying recently – and that may work.
But with two such great strikers it’s a real pity that they have not formed a good partnership at Newcastle, because they haven’t.
Maybe Alan Pardew will try something different tomorrow, and start Shola Ameobi up front with Ba.
What would you do with the formation, and who would you play up front?
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