Striker Papiss Cisse was put under a lot of pressure in the second half of the season, as Newcastle relied on the Senegal striker to score the goals, and Papiss got us a good 6 points when in league games against West Brom, Stoke and Fulham (all at at home), the 28 year-old scored the winner in injury time.
Papiss Cisse - scoring that phenomenal goal against Southampton – unbelievable
And of course he did the same thing against Anzhi at St. James’ Park in the second leg of the Europa League last 16 fixture, as he headed home the winner in brilliant style to send Newcastle into the quarter finals, and the Newcastle fans crazy.
And it was laid on a plate for Cisse by the impressive Sylvain Marveaux, and here it is again – just to prove it wasn’t all gloom and doom last season.
And Papiss was very unlucky this year in the league, as he had goals that were over the line disallowed, and offside goals when he was onside – so he and Newcastle didn’t seem to have the rub of the green.
And we had a huge scare when we just avoided relegation, but that’s over now, and on the positive side we are just delighted we are still in the Premier League, and we think Newcastle are going to have a good season coming up – although we still need the bring in a couple of good strikers to help out Papiss.
This is what the Ivory Coast captain (26 appearances, 14 goals) had to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I hope to play in my best position as much as I can. My best position is striker.” “I had never played right wing in my life. It was my first time at Newcastle. It was okay because I was doing it for the team.”
“It was difficult last year because we were fighting not to go down. The year before, all of the players enjoyed the games and couldn’t wait for the next one.” “We tried our best, but we hopefully will have all of our players back, not too many injuries.”
“We have a good squad. I enjoy playing for this team. Next season, we will challenge.” “We have Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye, and the team can challenge at the higher end of the table.”
Papiss Cisse has scored 26 goals for Newcastle in 61 appearances, and some of those goals from the Newcastle number 9 have been more than memorable.
And Cisse showed he can still score the goals in the summer, when he notched all three goals for Senegal in the two World Cup qualifying games, in the 1-1 draw against Angola and the 2-0 win against Liberia.
Newcastle have been unsuccessful so far in getting some help in to help Papiss out with the goal scoring duties on Tyneside, but it’s still early and there are a number of decent strikers available, and as long as we can get a couple in before September we should be OK.
And the other positions at the club are fairly well covered, after bringing in the five Frenchmen in January, and once they get a full pre-season behind them, we should be in decent shape.
We’ll be very surprised if Newcastle are not challenging for a top eight or top six position by Christmas.
And just to leave on a positive note, here’s Cisse’s goal against Southampton just before half time, and it reminds me of the goal I scored at Walker Park when I was just 10 years old – but I think mine went in that little bit faster.
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