He Was Our Best Player On The Training Ground This Week

Most of Newcastle’s players have been in good (or decent) form this season, but one exception to that is Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, who took the Premier League by storm when he first arrived early last year on Tyneside from SC Freiburg, and amazingly hit 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for the side, when we managed to finish in 5th place in the Premier League.

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Papiss Cisse – still to score his first league goal of the season

But goals have been hard to come by this season for Papiss, and he has only goal so far this season, and none in the Premier League, and the 28 year-old has now lost his starting place to on-loan striker Loic Remy, who has 7 league goals this season.

And Papiss returned to Newcastle earlier this week after his country had been knocked out of the World Cup – so things are not looking too good for the Dakar-born player – or so it would seem.

But Alan Pardew went out of his way yesterday in his press conference, to tell the journalists present that Papiss had looked great in training this week:

“He was absolutely brilliant – he was our best player on the training ground.” “That’s really good to see. He’s focused on getting back in the team and scoring goals.”

“He’s a big player for us, and we need him in the goals.” “I’ve been really boosted by his personality and performance.”

All Papiss needs is a goal, and things could turn around very quickly, and those words from Alan Pardew are some good man-management  from the gaffer, as he tries to restore the confidence of his striker.

And make no mistake about it, a goal-scoring Papiss Cisse is what we want to see if Newcastle are going to climb that league table this season and do well in the league.

Newcastle have 17 points from our 11 league games and in a handy 9th position, but a win tomorrow could see us jump into the top eight, for the first time in a long time.

And who knows, maybe Cisse can score his first Premier League goal of the season tomorrow afternoon, in front of another packed house at St. James’ Park.

We hope so.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    IBIZA et al. IMO the flurry of purchases last January was a result of the Remi deal collapsing and the Reading result…Had either/both gone our way I honestly believe we wouldn’t have spent anywhere near that much. Having said that, I think Ashley and co. have got the drop on the rest of the league, as Liloongwe has said, the January window has become the most rewarding.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Is Pards building us up for a Cisse Remy partnership tomorrow??

    I think if we had got Remy, we probably wouldn’t have got Sissoko and Gouffran in January. But I do think we would still have got Debuchy and Mbiwa as they were the previous summer targets, and once out of the Champions league became an easier purchase.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t we come out and say that Sissoko and Gouffran we bought forward because of the position we were in otherwise we would have tried to get them for the summer as they would have been free

  • south coast toon

    Nov 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    it was said at the time we moved some of these deals forward, its good to see as we didnt panic buy we got players we had targeted and they all look good,pappis would love him to start and score goals, but sadly shola has lookedc better than him lately, so if we dont need to score goals bring him on. as for the right back spot i hope he puts anita there as we should be on the front foot at home and he can pass the ball well and get forward with it, this way there is no disruption to the side, we have a winning team playin well please dont tinker to much……….

  • Sav

    Nov 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Colo,Anita, Cisse, Hatem. The quality of players who are finding it difficult to get into the team right now is very encouraging.

  • Roger

    Nov 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #6

    I don`t wanna see Cisse against Norwich City.
    God beware. He`s burned out, let them go in
    january and it`s ok.

  • bobby mango

    Nov 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Cisse needs easing into things. Starting him against Norwich would be a mistake, when the team is working so well. It would be taking a risk, under-estimating Norwich. If (and it’s a big if) we’re ahead and comfortable bring him on with plenty of time to get a goal.

    Personally I would like to see him go. Even we he was scoring I said he offered nothing else in his play. We need a forward that can contribute to the whole team.


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