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Cisse Needs Help Up Front – But Good Strikers Cost Money

8:47 am, Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Papiss Cisse scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances when he joined Newcastle last year from SC Freiburg, and then last season he scored the same number of goals in 47 appearances for Newcastle, so he wasn’t as effective last season.

papiss cisse - I just scored fulham

Papiss Cisse – wasn’t tired after scoring last minute winner against Fulham

And the Senegal striker also failed to score in Newcastle’s crucial last six games of the season, when we scored only three goals, and two of them were from Yoan Gouffran, who was deployed in a 4-3-3 formation with Ben Arfa, who scored the other goal from a penalty, and the striker shortage was because Newcastle failed to replace Demba Ba in January.

Alan Shearer has been interviewed, and he was asked if Newcastle should bring in some new strikers to help out the Senegal striker:

“Absolutely.” “When he first came, he took the Premier League by storm, but he was really the only regular striker this year, and I feel that told come the last couple of months of the season as he looked tired.”

“It’s always best to look for a striker who scores goals, but they are hard to find, and if you do find them they cost a helluva lot of money.” “I don’t know how much money Newcastle have got to spend.”

“The manager will feel it’s important to strengthen as soon as they can to get their preparations in place.” “And they need to. It was a poor season in the end, fortunate enough to stay away from the bottom three, but they will have to build and kick on for next season.”

Newcastle are reported top be after a number of strikers including Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy, but it remains to be seen if we can attract one or two top strikers to Newcastle in the summer.

There’s no doubt Newcastle need more firepower up front, and that Papiss Cisse, who’s still a very good striker, needs help.

With Newcastle finishing 5th bottom, it may be hard to attract top strikers this summer – but we’ll see.

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Tags: Coaching · Papiss Cisse · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // May 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    On paper we look fine, we just need a couple of strikers as you say. But, out on the field, we seem to be lacking in pace, creativity, even defence.
    So we probably need a lot more than just a striker or two. I’d say, the team has no exciting wingers, is short of a partner for Cisse (if that’s possible, if not, another Cisse), a creative Mata style battler/midfielder, a CB, at least. That’s 4-5 first teamers.
    There are a lot of players who can be sold – released, well at least 4-5.

  • 2 Indian Magpie // May 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I think cisse will do well as a lone striker if our MF is not 50 yards deeper than him

  • 3 TorqToon // May 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Indian – If he makes one…I’ll expect you to buy one in every colour! :-)

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Having his tonsils removed with long nose pliers is too good for Ashley.

  • 5 TorqToon // May 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Indian – Spot on. Nothing wrong with a loan striker, as long as the support is there from our attacking midfielders!

  • 6 JAMSHA // May 29, 2013 at 8:51 AM


  • 7 cyprus // May 29, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Gouffran can partner Cisse up front, they haven’t had time to work on that. He’s fast, can hold the ball, dribble. I’ve been quite impressed with him, tbh. If AP uses him correctly, he can get more goals and be more influential. By this I don’t mean we don’t need a striker or two.

  • 8 cyprus // May 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Good point at 2

  • 9 Indian Magpie // May 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM


    I will buy every color as long as its Black and white ;)

  • 10 Rainrix // May 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    More like we need better support and build up play. Its been pointed out many times we strike more from the outside of the box than inside. If our build up was of a better quality and we created better chances cisse would have a lot more goals. He’s been feeding on scraps most of the year.

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I agree that our midfield support needs working on to support Cisse. However, a striker is still needed as what Cisse really needs is proper competition for his place.

  • 12 AndyNUFC // May 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    A striker earns his worth in goals, and Ba is our season’s top scorer, while missing 50% of the games Cisse did.

    It just shows how diverse they were as a striker partnership. Cisse gets his best form grabbing goals when he has a striker partner prepared to share the burden of holding the ball up, tracking back, passing and moving, running to receive the ball or throw the defence off balance – and Cisse’s best attribute is as a clinical finisher – none of the things out of the box can he do alone.

    I am hoping Gouffran will supplement this, but I see him more as an inside forward with Cisse and Ben Arfa next to him in a 4-3-3. We desperately need a physical striker who can change our lack of headed goals – for that I would have Carroll back for anything around £10mill. But it just isn’t going to happen…

  • 13 Indian Magpie // May 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    The best signing that NUFC can make is a BUS, which pardew can park in fron of opposition goal. :???:

  • 14 Hatem's better than Messi // May 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    We do need two more strikers.
    Shola is finished.
    Campbell most likely a few sub appearances at most (unless he scores).

    Perm any two from Carroll, Rhodes, PEA, Bony, Remy (if rape charge dropped) …

  • 15 Graeme // May 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Indian Mag – it would be more advantageous if he parked it in front of OUR goal mate lol

  • 16 Markaccus // May 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Id like us to buy a big physical presence and also a fast tricky support striker for cisse. This would provide us with the necesary attacking options. Suppliment these with a winger or two, a cb and a rb, and we should have the players to operate in a few versatile formations. We lacked ideas when we needed to change things mid game this season, id like things to be more dynamic. Technical stuff over…… everyone smells of cheese!!

  • 17 Hatem's better than Messi // May 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Carroll for 15M would be a good investment. If that’s what it takes.

    He’d finish his career with us. So that’s 10 years. It makes the 15M look a little less ott.

  • 18 GeordieInSunderland // May 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Agree with all points made. Apart from the striker situation needing sorting we need a couple of pacey wingers/midfield players who can break at speed. Look at Sir Bobby’s team when we broke we had Bellamy, Dyer, Robert, Jenas, Solano etc who all had skill and pace and frightened the life out of opposing defences.

  • 19 Markaccus // May 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Lmao. Trust indian mag to park the bus in front of the wrong goal! And you critisize Pardew???? Bwahahahaa

  • 20 Indian Magpie // May 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    Yes :shock:

  • 21 Markaccus // May 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM


    Solano is the best winger we have had in my lifetime bar none. Even Ginola.

  • 22 Hatem's better than Messi // May 29, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    AC would come back after being coached by Daglish, Rodgers?, Hodgson (England) and after year in the Sam Allardyce big CF’s school.

    We’d get him back with experience of training and playing for Liverpool and WHU.

    It’s like we just sent him away to footballing Uni and we made 20M on the deal.

  • 23 sirjasontoon // May 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Cisse just needs to practice getting on the end of some HOOFS.

  • 24 GeordieInSunderland // May 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Markaccus even a Gilespie would be brilliant. I think Pardew thought he had one in Obertan who apparently was his signing and not recommended by Carr so his judgement on players is as god as his tactics.

  • 25 GeordieInSunderland // May 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Good as his tactics even God cant help Pardew

  • 26 corkypants85 // May 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    good morning folkes
    any news of signings yet? or any other news on the mighty toon

  • 27 banjax // May 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Signing players of the quality of Lukaku should be the top priority, anything less will show the supporters a lack of ambition from the owners. Never mind a Top Ten finish either, we should be looking at Top Four. Lambias is setting a an easier target with Top Ten ambitions. Would Liverpool, Chelsea or Everton settle for a Top ten finish – no way, and NUFC shouldn’t either.

  • 28 Toon-Prodigy // May 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Interesting massive survey on Alan Pardew ran by the Chronicle, our local newspaper in Newcastle. General feeling in the area.

  • 29 Roblar80 // May 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Nathan Redmond is a tricky pacey winger. Wouldn’t cost the earth and I personally don’t think he’d struggle to make the step up to pl. Ricky lambert could be the partner cisse needs.

  • 30 Sav // May 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Top 8 this season, top 5 the next. top 4 in 3 years should be the aim. Then the title.

  • 31 usmagpie // May 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Ok this is no secret is it, Newcastle need a target man up front, we need a good world class central defender and a winger with some real attacking pace. This is what we have needed for the last 5 years or so, the problem is we seem to get one or two of the combination right but then fail on one of the cogs and then let one cog leave the club. Just go and get it done Pardy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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