Papiss Cisse has only two Premier League goals this season and four goals in all competitions, and that’s a far cry from his exploits of last season when in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle he scored 13 goals, but there are definite signs that the Senegal captain is getting his confidence back – and some goals could be on the way.
Papiss Cisse – confidence is coming back
And Papiss found out that he is very well liked by the Newcastle fans, even though he has been struggling this season, when there were boos around St. James’ Park on Saturday – when Alan Pardew substituted him after an hour for Shola Ameobi, who went on to score the sinning goals on 81 minutes.
Alan Pardew thinks that booing will buoy Papiss Cisse’s spirits, as the Newcastle manager had this to say today in the local press:
“Papiss just wants to play well.” “He loves Newcastle and the fans love him.” “That showed in his and their reaction.” “I have no problem with that. It’s not a bad thing; it’s a good thing.”
“He knows he has the love of the fans on his side, although he’s had a disappointing time. But he is a goalscorer, so what more would you want as a striker than their love. “Papiss is just the same off the park. He’s not really changed. When you look at him in training, we are a little bit perplexed as to why he’s not scoring goals.”
“I thought he had three good chances on Saturday, including one at the back post and another couple of headers.” “He is getting there, getting chances and that’s the main thing.” “I have talked to him. But I’m not going to tell you what I said to him.”
“I actually think the boos were a nice moment for him.” “He seemed to walk very slowly when he came off. You can’t ask for more from our fans with the run we’ve been on.” “They have really showed their patience.” “I’m not just saying that to gain favor with them. It’s the truth.”
Alan Pardew has often said that in training this season that Papiss is as good as last season, and it’s a bit of a mystery why he hasn’t scored more goals – but of course we still have 20 league games to play before the end of the season.
There’s a statement in sports that form is fleeting but class is permanent – and that applies to Papiss Cisse – just you wait and see.
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