While we still think Newcastle’s season will depend on how our defense fares this season, it looks like the team we have at the moment can score some goals this season, and in the last three league games we have scored two in each of those games, but unfortunately we still lost two of them because of some poor defending.
Papiss Cisse – number 15 on the right – with the Senegal squad
Loic Remy is scoring most of the goals with 5 in just 5 appearances but Papiss Cisse has not been in good goalscoring form with just one goal in the Carling Cup so far this season, and none at all in the Premier League.
In fact the Chronicle is reporting that Papiss has scored just nine times in his last 44 Premier League games.
And to think when he first arrived in January of last year the Senegal striker got 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle, and looked close to a world beater.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping that Papiss will be able to score tomorrow in the vital first leg game against the Ivory Coast in a World Cup play-off game – to decide which country makes it to Brazil next summer.
Papiss doesn’t seem to be short of confidence at all, as the 28 year-old had this to say today in the local press::
“I will score goals this season. I have not forgotten how to score a goal.” “I believe in myself and I feel I am coming close to good form.”
“I am sure it will happen for me soon.” “I would give everything to have no regrets at the end of this campaign.” “Senegal can learn from the lessons of the past and put right what we’ve previously done wrong.”
“We are a good team and I’m confident we can make the World Cup.” “That is a dream for every player.”
Senegal were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations last year at this time in a two game play-off, again with the Ivory Coast, and the same result is expected this time around.
But we’re sure the Newcastle striker will be doing all he can to make the result different this time around.
Here’s hoping that Papiss can score tomorrow in the first leg, but of course Cheick Tiote will be doing all he can to stop that from happening.
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