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.
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.
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