Alan Pardew has laid down the law to Papiss Cisse, and says the Senegal striker must score in the next couple of games against QPR and Manchester United, otherwise he will lose his place to Shola Ameobi for the next game at Arsenal, and it seems Shola is showing up well in training.
Papiss Cisse – place under pressure
We have the odd situation of Demba ba scoring 11 goals in the Premier League this season and Papiss Cisse scoring only twice, and it was almost the opposite last season when Papiss joined us from SC Freiburg – and he couldn’t stop scoring and hit 13 goals in just 14 appearances.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local press today:
“It’s natural for pressure to be applied when you have one striker scoring and one not. We are having to work our way through it and that’s what we’ll continue to try to do.” “Sometimes with players you need to show loyalty and sometimes you need to show faith – I will always do that with my strikers.”
“But there does come a point when I have to say ‘OK, let’s try something new.’ “Shola is knocking on the door at the minute. He wants to have a go and that’s something I will need to look closely at over the next couple of games.”
“We need Papiss to chip in with goals and in fact I thought he did well against Manchester City. He was unlucky not to score after two minutes with an intuitive effort that Joe Hart saved.”
“Demba scores goals. He did the first half of last season and we need him to have a better second half this time around.”
We’ve never seen Cisse and Ba play well together, but we’ve seen Shola Ameobi and Ba play well, and Shola has skills that Papiss doesn’t – and Ameobi is very good in the air and can head the ball on and set up chances for Ba, which he did so well in setting up Ba for that great goal against Manchester United last January.
But Papiss Cisse looked a lot better than of late against Manchester City last weekend, and maybe he’s coming into a bit of form, but goals is what Newcastle need now – and now’s the time to deliver – otherwise we could see Shola Ameobi start the game at Arsenal a week tomorrow.
What do you think?
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