Newcastle Guilty Again Of Not Replacing Striker In January

Papiss Cisse has a small crack in a rib, which we reported on yesterday, and he is now in Paris, France seeing a specialist, and the results of the tests should be known in less than forty eight hours.

papiss cisse screamer against Saints

Papiss Cisse scores cracker against Southampton

And it will be terrible news for Newcastle if Papiss Cisse is ruled out for the rest of the season, with an injury he picked up in the quarter final tie against Benfica, and has been playing in pain ever since.

The 27-year-old is an important cog in Newcastle’s goal-scoring machine, and he has 13 goals in all competitions, and seemed upbeat on Monday night, after Manchester United won the English League for the 20th time by beating Aston Villa 3-0, and had this to say:

“Congratulations to Manchester United for winning the Premier League. One day, we will win it.”

OK – well that would be good.

It’s a good question if Papiss Cisse is eventually ruled out for the season, why we are so short of strikers these days – which we were after we had sold Andy Carroll two years ago, and didn’t replace him.

But we had a much better excuse two years ago when Andy left for huge money on the very last day of January, but Demba Ba left the club in the first few days of January, but still wasn’t replaced.

So for the second time in three seasons, we finish out a season a striker short.

And it seems that Newcastle first tried to get Loic Remy to Newcastle from Marseilles, but he joined high-flying QPR for big wages instead.

And then we lost out on St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubeyemang, when our £8M bid was turned down late in January.

We have to hope that there is good news soon on Papiss, and that he can play on through the end of the season.

But another good question is what are our players going down like ninepins with injuries this season?

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9 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Perhaps we need to scout some french medical specialists that are experts at preventing injuries. Also we need a decent replacement for every player in our squad.

    Chubby ship for next season.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Isn’t Yoan Gouffran a striker?

    Its clear we were looking for someone who can fit along a front three with Cisse and HBA and that was Remy.

    That fell through miraculously, our plan B was Yoan Gouffran on the cheap and reevaluate in the summer.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    all we do here is talk about which players should we sign to advance.. ffs we have a great of the best in the league..on pair with arsenals… we should be among top 7 with an ease.. players are not the problem here.. period.. so what if we have only one real striker..barca & spain play without one..its doable..not ideal, but doable..

    oh & Ed..congrats on the 6th anniversary..been here since the beginning..reading it daily..plan to do so in the future 😉

  • pbandj

    Apr 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, you are way off on this one. Losing Cisse would be a blessing in disguise. Cisse has missed more chance than any striker in the league in the last year. I blame him more than pardew for the team having the league position we are in at the moment. Cisse has cost us numerous games with his misses, games that potentially could be over after 50-60 mins if he just scored on his 99.99% chances. I would take Ameobi over Cisse any day of the week. Pair up Ameobi and HBA on top agains liverpool and we should create enough chances to survive that game.

  • lesh

    Apr 24, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #5

    “Congratulations to Manchester United for winning the Premier League. One day, we will win it.”

    What, like we as in me (Cisse) and Man U?

    Could that be a coded come and get me message?


    Apr 24, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #6

    One our last remaining Fixtures is QPR at their place !

    Remy totally piseed me off when he did his “Ü”-Turn and went to them instead of us? Money grabbing Twot!

    Whatever we do we should try and hammer them in that game and put the final nail in their relegation! Not only to save our own necks, but also to make a point to Remy after what he did to us?

  • toonbrother

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #7

    @4 you sir are a world class moron.

  • toonbrother

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #8

    @lesh are you being serious? everyone can see he is talking about newcastle. if cisse is unfit i would go with


  • santoon

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    cisse has been missing alot of easy chances all season that most good strikers like ba would have easily put away, all those chances especailly in the eurpoa quater first leg cost us alot, if only we still had ba


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