Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for whatever reason, never really combined well when both of them were at Newcastle, but with Ba now gone off to Chelsea, and Alan Pardew and the Board having brought in Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, amongst others month – Cisse now has players who can work with him up front – and Newcastle have some great attacking options and Cisse is scoring great goals again – as witnessed by his fantastic strike on Sunday afternoon.
Papiss Cisse after scoring phenomenal goal on Sunday
Papiss admits he has had a tough season, but he has told the Evening Chronicle today that it was Alan Pardew’s belief in him that had made it easier, and Alan is making Cisse into a better striker, because his hold-up play is a lot better than it was when he joined us from SC Freiburg just over a year ago.
This is what Papiss told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have a new set up here now.” “Demba Ba was very important and scored a lot of goals – we can’t forget that.” “But the manager has made some fantastic signings here.” “And now we are ready to turn the page.”
“We have a great set-up and we just want to continue to play well.” “There is more responsibility for me, but no pressure. I just keep trying hard.” “If the team gets points that’s my mentality.” “If I don’t score, others will, then it will be OK.”
“I don’t have any firm objectives at all to be honest.” “Personally I feel good.” “Perhaps I am not in a position to be top scorer this season, but my personal objectives are to get as many points as possible for the team, and to climb up the Premier League.”
“If I score more than maybe the team can get a top 10 finish.” “This season has been very difficult for me. I don’t know why.” “But I have tried hard all the time. The manager has confidence in me.” “
I have played a lot, all of the time I always so I will pay back the manager in his confidence. It’s good for me.”
Cisse now had 6 league goals and 8 goals in all – and maybe he can go on a scoring spree as he did at this time last year when he first joined the club, and that would certainly help Newcastle climb the league table – and we’re already up to 13th position, after gaining a place last night after West Ham lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham, and we are still only 3 points out of 10th place.
Maybe we can finish in the top 10 again – and certainly higher than our 12th place finish of two years ago.
Howay The Lads!!
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