Papiss Cisse has scored just one goal this season, and he seems to lack confidence and when he gets chances, that lack of confidence shows through and he usually misses, and that’s what happened at least twice last night in the Capital One Cup against Manchester City.
We want to see more of this from Papiss Cisse
Of course all strikers go though barren stretches and it happened to the great strikers like Alan Shearer, who had barren spells of his own during his fantastic goal scoring career.
Alan Pardew is considered a very good coach for strikers, and he had this to say about Papiss and his plight at the moment:
“Torres has worked hard in training, trying to find form. Sometimes when you search for it, you don’t look your best. You try too hard or try to score from angles that aren’t on – fail to take opportunities.”
“I think Papiss is fighting that at the moment. He needs to find way back to true form.” “When he scores, we look a great side.” “We’ve got great faith in him – he’s such an honest player and he works hard.”
“Sometimes it just needs to fall into place, a game or a goal can kick-start that.” “The thing about Papiss is, he generates love. Everybody I speak to is desperate for him to get that break and I think that’s what you need.”
“As a striker sometimes you just need that break. I think that’s what he’s searching for at the moment.” “His effort is good. He’s not sulking, he’s not doing anything in the team to disrupt in terms of stopping making runs. He’s doing everything we want.”
“We’ve got to try to work with him and encourage him, and hopefully give him an opportunity to get a goal.”
What Papiss needs is to get a chance that he doesn’t even think about, and the ball in the back of the net by instinct, and any goal from the Senegal man can start to bring back his confidence.
And of course, as Alan says, when Papiss does score those goals, Newcastle look a much better side, and if we are going to get a result against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, in the early game, we’ll need both Papiss Cisse and Loic Remy able to take whatever chances we get and turn them into goals.