It’s All In The Head With This Newcastle Striker

Papiss Cisse is having a terrible season, but it’s nothing that a couple of goals cannot cure, and we just hope Papiss Cisse can hit the net against Crystal Palace on Saturday – and show us some of that great goal-scoring ability we know he possess in spades.

piss cisse scores last minute goal

This is the Papiss Cisse we want to see again
Scoring a last minute winner against Fulham last year


The Senegal striker hasn’t scored since the beginning of January, when he hit a good opportunist goal in the FA Cup, in the 2-1 home defeat by Cardiff City and it seems that assistant manager John Carver is handling Papiss with kit gloves:

“He’s just got to get his head down and continue to work at it. It’s the easiest thing to say but he’s actually doing it.” “We haven’t got a magic wand but he’s prepared to work at it.”

“As long as he keeps getting in those positions, one of them is going to fly in the net. He’s going to take the net off.””He’s got to keep believing in himself and it’s up to us the staff to make sure he doesn’t lose his confidence and has a bit of that feel good factor.”

“Sometimes we might need to play little games with him to make him feel good.”  “I have to tell you he’s worked extremely hard. I’ve been delighted with the way he wants to do extra, sometimes we’ve had to drag him in.” “He’s got a smile on his face and that’s important.”

“As soon as he stops enjoying what he’s doing it will affect him even more. We know Loic’s out for two to three weeks and it’s an opportunity.” “We don’t have too many strikers in the club – just Luuk, Loic, Shola and young Adam Armstrong.”

“We’ve got to stay with it and try and build him up for the next home game.”

Papiss is going though one of those spells that every striker goes through at some point in their career, and as we said earlier he simply needs a goal or two.

And it can even one like he scored in October of 2012 against West Brom, when a Sammy Ameobi shot late in added time, hit him in the back and went screaming into the goal for the winner.

It doesn’t matter how he scores, as long as the ball goes into the back of the net.

We hope the 28 year-old Senegal striker can do that on Saturday against Crystal Palace – we really do.

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