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Magpie Striker Still Has Loads Of Confidence

10:27 am, Friday, October 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

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 and senegal against morroco

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. :D

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · International News · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · World Cup 2014



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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rooster // Oct 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Lets hope the lad feels he is full of confidence, because from what I can see his body language is awful, and at the moment looks totally lacking in any sort of confidence.

    That said he does score in blocks dosnt he, either goes on a good or baron run, surely he is due a good run????

  • 2 G // Oct 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    @Post 1, agreed about the body language. Perhaps Cisse is just one of those players who only excells in the 2nd half of the season?

  • 3 jayphoto // Oct 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Actually think Cisse should be the first replaced in january! His runs , movement and so far finishing are poor, hes not quick, hes weak in the air. When hes not scoring he offers absolutely nothing to play! In Carroll, Bellamy, Shearer we had strikers who even when not scoring or playing well would make sure the opposition knew they were on the pitch, Cisse disappears

  • 4 Graeme // Oct 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The best result from tonights game would be 22 players alive and unharmed at the end of it!! That is not a certainty, for sure!!!

  • 5 Big Pappa Cissé // Oct 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Looks like we sold the wrong Demba .

    Imagine if we still had Ba getting his customary 15 goals and Remy beside him , We would be a real force in the PL.

    Still think we would be crazy not to try and sign him again considering he was our main man yet can’t get a sniff in the Chelsea team. He might cone back as his good m8 cabaye is still here so you never know ? .

  • 6 lesh // Oct 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    jayphoto. @3

    Given evidence of incompetence in recruiting players, I’d be happier if a replacement were signed before any player leaves!

    Why? Have we replaced Demba. Ba yet?

  • 7 jayphoto // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    @lesh I wouldn’t want to see Cisse sold, just replaced in the starting lineup! Perhaps a decent striker competition would improve cisse aswell! Pretty happy we missed out on Bony, looks average to me! Do think we need a bigger stronger centre forward (not gomis tho)
    Id really like Kolbeinn Sighorsson from Ajax! saw Fernando Llorente is up for sale/6 month loan at Juventus as he can’t get in the team and is losing his world cup squad place! Hes european cup tied too so won’t be looking for a champions league team! Be a good look, they signed him for free too so won’t be losing any money

  • 8 Toon Tang // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    pretty racist team photoed there. they could have let a couple of whites or chinese in. sheesh

  • 9 Belfast // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I would be happy enough to get rid if we sign a replacement. He was brilliant those first six months, but he’s been rubbish ever since.

    Though I do find some of the excuses that our fans make for him entertaining at times.

  • 10 G // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Surely if they were Chinese, then they wouldn’t be eligible to play for Senegal TT? Then again, John Barnes, Owen Hargreves etc…

  • 11 Belfast // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I would love Ba back, but I really doubt that will happen.

  • 12 jayphoto // Oct 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Just hoping we don’t go for Gignac or Gomis! There are good strikers in France, Riviere (a before the money earner at monaco) Djordevic at Nantes has started well, kevin Bérigaud is another who’s surprised Ligue 1 so far! For me I would raid Toulouse for Wassim Ben Yedder and Martin Braithwaite from what ive seen so far!
    Gignac and Gomis are both on more than 65k p/w in France already too, they really aren’t value for money!

  • 13 mindshaft // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Well it was Cisses lat minute goals against Stoke and Fulham that kept us up last season – still think the service from midfield just doesn’t suit Cisses style of play

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    mindshaft

    it’s not the creativity in midfield that stops Cisse from scoring it’s his role as a poacher that is the problem, iv’e seen Cisse do nothing to support the others when not in possession so imo he’s the weak link

  • 15 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Gouffran for me should be heading the team lineup, he’s an advance forward, don’t forget Ba was also an advance forward and we all miss him and his ability’s

  • 16 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    even Remy as a striker is an advance forward, and Vuckic when giving a chance as a striker has the ability to be a deep lying forward which Newcastle really need to look for in a striker

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Remy, Gouffran, HBA

    this is what should be played at all times, 2 wingers act as inside forwards and an advance forward through the center this will get you goals

  • 18 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    when you look into Newcastle history with our strikers that scored goals for fun like our Shearer, Cole, Bellamy, Beardsley, Martins, Howey, Ferdinand, they were all advance forwards whilst only Cisse was a poacher and hasn’t had a good record of goals or assist for over 1 year and it won’t improve either

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    transfers market we were looking at Bent, Gomis, Bony, Troure as our number 1 targets who are also poachers which i’m very happy we didn’t get them in, but Gignac & PEA were advance forwards which we should of got in asap

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @18 i forgot Asprilla who was also an advance forward as well

  • 21 tequilamag // Oct 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @18 Howey ? he played CH

  • 22 G // Oct 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    @21, Howey started out as a forward, under Ozzie, however, when KK arrived he switched him to CH.

  • 23 G // Oct 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    For the record, he wasn’t a very good forward, but he was a great CH when his hamstrings weren’t going twang.

  • 24 Black and White with an army lol // Oct 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    sorry guys i forgot to mention assist as well as goals

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Oct 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    B&C…I am not sure I would agree that those forwards you have mentioned are what you call advanced forwards; I am not even sure that phrase was coined back when they played for us :-)

    Shearer is a oldschool forward, more of the targetman. Cole was probably more of a poacher and Bearsley was more of a traquatista! Ferdinand was oldschool as well.

    Personally I think we need a targetman with speed and great technical ability :-)

  • 26 jimmysmith // Oct 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Develop a loan relationship with an A league club in Aussie. Good up and coming league, excellent facilities and a great experience.




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