What’s Wrong With This Newcastle Player?

Papiss Cisse had two good chances to score in yesterday’s game at Fulham, one in the first half and one in the second, and while he got the ball on target each time, goalkeeper David Stockdale saved both of Papiss’ efforts, and yes – they were excellent saves from the goalkeeper – so in that sense Papiss and Newcastle were a little unlucky.

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Papiss Cisse – not in good form this season

And after the second miss in the second half, Fulham broke quickly from defense and substitute Ashkan Dejagah scored the winning goal after 68 minutes, when the ball went under goalkeeper Tim Krul.

It was one of those games where the first team that scored was probably going to win it – and with Luuk de Jong missing a good opportunity early in the second half we had missed three good chances before Fulham got their winning goal. 🙁

This is what Cheick Tiote told the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“The game was 50-50 but then Papiss missed, they scored and that is football sometimes,” “We had a good chance and if you don’t score, then you know the other team will create chances and they may take them.”

“That moment decided the game. Normally Papiss would score that chance. That is not like him.” “He is a very good striker and today he missed, but he will score in the next game, I’m sure.”

In fact it was like Cisse this season to miss a chance, and he’s been off form all season and has only scored three times in 20 appearances.

He’s definitely lacking confidence, and we suppose it’s nothing that a couple of goals wouldn’t cure – but Papiss must get back to his scoring ways soon, or else he will join Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy, who will both leave the club this summer.

Alan Pardew has already said he will see how Papiss performs in the last games of the season, before deciding on his future in the summer.

And we cannot see Newcastle signing Luuk de Jong permanently, unless he scores a few goals for us through the rest of the season – so it’s a good question as to which strikers Newcastle will have on their books come September.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    From what I have seen of cisse, with us and the highlights before, he seems the type of play who likes the ball played in front of him whether to run on to or as a cross across the the box he can poke his leg/head at….he is a good finisher with a snapshot but not so much when he has time to think about it…..to put it simply we don’t play to his style and he can’t adapt to ours, not benefiting anyone.

    On the game yesterday, could have had a penalty, never like to see them given but they sometimes are, krul at fault for another goal (struggling at the minute) and we created very very little.

    I like De Jong but is he an 8.5mil striker? not in my opinion, would rather that money spent on a better player as we know we wont get two 8.5mil strikers.

    We are horribly inconsistent under pardew, always have been during his time in charge, always overly reliant on one or two players as there seems little good team work, not the man for next season to take us on. (Remember the official reason for Houghton leaving was he had reached his potential/ceiling…the same is true of pardew). He’s not a terrible manager as some say, just isn’t the man to take us forward in my opinion anyway.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I am truly thankful that I decided not not watch anymore of this for the rest of the season!

    …just much more happy these days 🙂

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    It was clear from comments made through the week and the set up of the team,that NUFC’s coachig team were taking Fulham for granted and not affording them enough respect.They may be bottom but they are still an EPL side.
    I don’t begrudge Fulaham the points at all , there are other teams I’d rather see relegated than them.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4


    what made you take the break from games?

    I like to watch everyone I can, win or lose just good to see them play I feel.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    The overrated frenchman

    Spot on mate, he couldn’t give a rats arse unless of course relegation threatens!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    TS…well it didn’t make much sense in saying I wouldn’t go to SJP now would it 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    TS…it is my sacrifice mate

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I hate to say this but I could tell the lads were missing Pardew.

    and for Cisse we should of sold him when we had the chance, when he first came here he looked like a real gem but now 2 seasons later he’s showing his real colours and what a waste of 9-10 million it was.

    he’s an Poacher it’s as simple as that iv’e stated countless times how Poachers don’t fit our style and again Cisse has proven me right

  • firebug666

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    We had two weeks to prepare for this game, Two weeks to get the fitness and energy levels up, so why did we look so abysmal?

    Our passing was awful at times, and as much as I like de Jong’s midfield contributions his striking power was very poor. He could have had a couple of goals in the first half if he had managed to get some power into his shots. Cisse was woeful again, I have lost all faith in this lad.

    To be honest and in my opinion the whole team looked poor in every area of the pitch, and one of the worst things was watching players pass the ball into midfield then make a run forward only to see the ball passed back to Coloccini or Williamson or even Krul. We had no momentum going forward and generated very few chances.

    I could except the loss to Fulham if we had showed some spirit, But to be beaten of a very poor Fulham team because we showed not heart for the game is very hard to take.

    Newcastle players should be ASHAMED of themselves!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Forget about the penalty or the fact that pardew was banned from the ground , this was another performance to forget . 2 efforts on goal in 90 mins against bottom of the league is totally shocking . Look, something has to change , pardew is a waste of space . 3 years to develop a team as bad as that is something anyone on this blog could manage. Too many chancers at this club who need to be moved on. Starting with pards

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11


    as long as they get there pay check at the end of the week they couldn’t care less

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    stuart no9

    spot on mate

    next thread should explain more

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    One thing for certain is that luuk ain’t good enough, his shots on goal lacked power and direction. Infact it was his worse game and offers nothing to the team.

    His link play prior to this match was ok ish, but can’t see a future for this lad not at the price being quoted.

    There were a few players having an off day yesterday and Dummet was rubbish with his spot kicks, is there not a play maker in the under 18s and 21s that can do a job for us.??? Besides gosling. Can’t believe there is not one that I can think of. Hope there’s someone about.

    Not a good weekend.

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    For Catchy and his chums – Carver out!

    Or should it be Pardew and Carver out?

    Or, Pardew, Carver and Stone?

    Or better still, how about Everybody out?!


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