Some Newcastle fans think that if Demba Ba does move on next month he should do just that - if that’s the kind of loyalty he has towards Newcastle, and they also think that it will be good for Papiss Cisse, who will get to play in the middle again and could start to put those balls in the back of the net again, as he did so famously in the second half of last season.
Papiss Cisse – will come back strongly
I talked to my son Neil yesterday after our Christmas dinner, and that’s exactly what he thinks, and he even says if Demba Ba does want to leave then the sooner the better, and he wouldn’t mind Danny Simpson getting on his bike either.
We don’t know what’s going to happen next month in the transfer window, but we do believe Newcastle want to bring in three new players but we may lose some as well – with Demba Ba being the most likely to leave Tyneside.
But whether Ba leaves or not next month – Alan Pardew believes that Papiss Cisse will come back strong in the second half of the season:
“I can confidently predict Papiss will score more goals in the second half of the season.” “In some respects, playing right has helped his game and his ball retention. He needed to improve on that as a striker. I thought, even last year when he was scoring goals, that was a weakness in his game.”
“He has improved that. It has taken the pressure off him to score goals that has helped a little bit. He’s still had chances.” “We do have four games in ten days, so there is an opportunity for him to play at some stage and I would like to think he will improve as a player by playing out on the side.”
“I called him a victim of injuries because of a lack of creativity in the team.” “We do lack a bit of creative flair for the strikers and although we are putting in plenty of crosses, and the bulk of goals will come from crosses at any level, you still need that quality moment.”
“I can think of three or four quality passes from Cabaye that created goals last season.” “The goal against Swansea, for example.” “That type of pass is something we are turning to Vurnon Anita for.” “He made a great pass against Manchester City to set up Papiss, so it is coming back to the team.”
We had thought that the in-form Shola Ameobi would start today alongside Demba Ba today at Old Trafford, but maybe Alan Pardew will show some confidence in Papiss and give him the start – with Shola coming on in the second half at some point.
We’ll know soon enough.
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