Striker Is Better Than Last Year – But Without The Goals

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 screamer against Saints

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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9 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Mar 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    With Ben10, Cabaye, Sissoko & Gouffran playing a four man link with a single striker, damn, I could score 20 a season with them behind me lol.

    Cisse will come good, the four players behind him will make it so and hopefully they will also score 6-10 each into the equation. It isnt a bad situation if you have 5 players on the pitch, all capable of hitting the net.

    Although trying to defend against them will be a nightmare.

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t forget that he was playing wide right when Ba was still here so he was hardly likely to get many goals from that position. The truth is that as good as Ba and Cisse are individually they’ve never looked good as a pairing. Since Ba’s departure Cisse has looked much more back to his best. Had the likes of Cabaye and Ben Arfa been fit all season he would have scored more goals, he’s not a player who creates much (other than the odd wonder-goal) but when he has good creative players providing ammo for him he’s up there with the best at putting the ball in the back of the net. Sunday’s goal proved that.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s good, but on the break he needs to realise that he isn’t in a sprint race to the box.

    He has to come second. Ideally second by inches to one of their players.

    He does this every game if not every break. Drives me crazy.

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Since the arrival of the French Revolutionaries, Cisse has scored 3 goals in 7 games. If you add one of the goals v Metalist then thats better than a 1 in 2 game ratio.

    He may not have had a good game v Stoke but his workrate and commitment is unquestionable. And if he gets better service from the likes of Santon, Guttierez and Tiote (as well as the ever reliable Sissoko and Cabaye).

    No coincidence that Perch, Heidara and Marveaux are close to replacing the aforementioned trio btw.

  • rfcready

    Mar 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    With some of our passing into the box and around the 18 its a wonder hes scored at all.

  • Diggedydaws

    Mar 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d pair him with Betenke no bother, what a pairing those two’d be!

  • Ash toon

    Mar 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I would feel alot better about Pardew if he would take responsibility for things or maybe he just doesn’t say what he actually means. When he says Cisse hasn’t got the goals it’s because he played him out wide for half the season! as SuperShearer mentions @2.
    When he says we absorbed injuries we blatantly didn’t as 1st half of season proves. The French arrivals in January have meant we have come good and i know it’s old hat but where would we be now if we had brought them in last summer? He talks about top 10 but i think there’s lots of work to do before we think about that.
    Certainly Cisse looks to be turning the corner, playing his true position and more opportunities being created. Apart from our 2 great goals in the Stoke game it was like watching the beautiful game dying. Stoke really kill the game.

  • check the toastie

    Mar 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Yet again Pardew mentions injuries even though we have non, what a dick.

  • Krul to be Kind

    Mar 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #9


    You can’t ignore the injuries and bad luck we have worked through this season, but more to the point, questionably our 2 more influential players are out for several weeks at present in Krul and Colo


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