When Papiss Cisse first arrived on Tyneside almost two years ago he was scoring goals galore, 13 goals in his 14 appearances to be exact, and Demba Ba stopped scoring goals, and a similar situation is now in existence with new arrival Loic Remy scoring five goals in his first 7 appearances, and Papiss having only one goals so far this season.
Papiss Cisse – only one goal this season – so far
But manager Alan Pardew doesn’t think Loic’s arrival is tied to Papiss’ loss of form, because Loic has been used on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation with Cisse in the middle, when he plays.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the situation:
“I don’t think there’s any correlation between Remy scoring and Papiss’ situation.” “Loic’s played a lot in that wide area and got goals.” “We know he can play through the middle which we’ve not given him many opportunities to do yet. I don’t think that affects Papiss too much.”
“Like all strikers you get envious when you see another player scoring because you want to score yourself. Maybe there’s a little bit of that in there but hopefully that will fire him up.”
When Cisse and Ba were playing together after Cisse arrived, Ba not scoring was directly linked with Cisse playing in the center, and Demba Ba was moved out to the left wing.
So in that case there was a correlation with a new striker coming in and an existing striker not scoring – but that’s not the case this time, as the manager points out.
Like most strikers when they are not scoring, Papiss is short of confidence, and when he gets a chance he tends to snap at it, or hesitate, and both reactions usually mean he misses the chance.
And as we have said before, there’s not much wrong with Papiss that a couple go goals would not cure.
If Newcastle are going to do well in the league this season, and there’s an if there, we’ll need both Loic and Papiss scoring, and certainly in the last couple of games the chances Cisse has had he’s missed, and if he had scored they could have made all the difference.
But of course that’s always true, because as Bobby Robson used to always say, goals change games, and as usual Bobby was right about that.
Here’s hoping Cisse (and Remy) can get in amongst the goals against Chelsea tomorrow.
What do you think?
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