Alan Pardew raised some eyebrows yesterday when he said Cisse had been terrible in the game against Stoke City on Sunday, before he scored that so vital winner for Newcastle in added time to get us all 3 points.
Papiss Cisse scoring that stunner against Southampton
And maybe to balance out that criticism a little bit, Alan has come out today and said that Papiss is an improved player at Newcastle from last season, with his all round play, as the Newcastle manager had this to say in the local papers today:
“He’s still had a great year for us – without the goals.” “In some respects he’s played a lot better for us this year, his game has improved.”
“He just hasn’t got the goals and they haven’t broken for him.” “That goal will do him the world of good.” “You can’t take somebody like him off unless the game plan changes.”
“It’s given us a chance to look at the top 10 as well – where we should be.” “We’ve had such a terrible season with injuries and suspensions.” “We’re still missing Coloccini and Tim Krul.
“A lot of teams couldn’t absorb that, but we absorbed it well. “We’ve improved dramatically and we needed to. We have a good team now.”
Cisse has improved as a player this season, especially with his hold-up play, and since the five Frenchmen came in during January, especially Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, he’s linked up very well with them and the three of them seem to be on the same wavelength.
Last season Papiss scored 13 goals in 14 appearances for Newcastle, and this season he has 9 goals in 35 appearances, including 7 goals in the Premier League – so his goal scoring record isn’t anywhere near where it was last season.
However, we have a feeling that the Senegal lad is going to score a few goals for us yet – before the end of the season.
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