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.

Comments welcome.

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25 comments so far

  • toonking

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #1

    looking at your team you put out on the last thread beermonkey, i’m thinking myself just spend the cabaye money all on 1 quality forward and the money from the final year contract players on 1 quality attacking midfielder and 1 quality winger. It might sound like he’s spending more money but what could be said is that money will be the amount saved from the less wages.

    BBc radio newcastle had a caller who himself said that really if we can avoid injury we can just use 1 striker as a massive goal scorer, it might sound boring having just 1 goal threat but to be attacking we would need lots of goal scorers creative midfielders and CAM, unfortunately they are much more dear than defenders.

    my team next season

    _______tiote__quality CAM_
    quality winger_____________gouffran

    _______quality striker_dejong

    subs raylor sammy armstrong/cambell good sissoko hadaira saylor abeid plus some cheap buyes.

    when i say quality i don’t mean quality as in world class. All i’m meaning really is buy 3 above average players, one striker 1 winger and 1 CAM the rest of the team leave as it is and as for subs just use the cheap stuff or youngsters.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Finding out Dave Whelan has been shagging his Mrs is too good for Ashley.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Did you see the team that the angry man from Benwell listed as the future of the club, it doesn’t make for good reading, as for his assumption that only British players will be brought in this summer well nobody knows that, again it will be made up according to league position, I don’t see this summer being any different to January or the two summers before that, a loan striker will be brought in, Shola will be given an extra year and Armstrong will keep appearing off the bench, although I can see a cheaper option at RB being bought if we manage to get 12M for Debuchy, Good will be the replacement for Collo, if as expected he leaves in the summer.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #4


    yeah i see what ur saying

    given whats been said from the cabrella camp i think he might be a done deal (but this is the toon)

    hunt seems like a good player and free
    i think we will buy dejong especially if he nets a couple he has an eye for bringing people into the game and i think he is the type of player pardew would want same with gomis he to is free

    spendin all on a great striker is a good idea but given were unlucky with injuries and it take one bad tackle i would be wary

    i just looked to get a good first team reasonable backup in all positions for the least amount but still with a bit of quality

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #5


    i don’t think only british player will be bought in in the summer

    were not in a position to wait the next 4 years to wait for them to come through but i do expect some for the the academy to come in. we got one n the otherday rb i think

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6


    You alright boyo

    Oh I forgot you don’t like the welsh do you

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #7

    If cisse does gin in the summer we won’t get much for him I don’t think

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #8


  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on everybody wakey wakey

    Very quiet on here where’s Jeff, manxpie, and Belfast

  • toonking

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #10

    jail i think that guy from bedwell is actually in one dreaming

    english players and newcastle united will never mix especially while this owner is in charge.

    first and foremost they are much more expensive that the foreigners are, foreigners will easily join clubs because they do all they can to get the chance of playing in the premier league. the english are already here and well if they get sold to a competitor team, the seller will want more money unless they are selling obatans.

    the next problem is wanting to play for england, the north eastern teams seem to be a prison for english players, the minute they join they are no longer a international player.

    finally their is those women who must have a big city near by and sadly not even newcastle city centre is big enough for them. what they want is cities the size of manchester birmingham or london not cities the size of sunderland newcastle or durham.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #11


    cisse divides opinion like ben arfa

    but he proved he can score in a poor german team and here i would like the club to sort him out there must be a key if he wants a move fair enough but who wants a none scoring striker so sort head and bang em in then move


    jfk the fountain of all football knowledge said the club were looking to bring more local kids in and through
    i think the club realise that the bright lights of Manchester and London will always lure the ladies and the players so it makes sence
    could this be the one thing that jfk said and sctually prob by fluke got right

  • toonking

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    good night all thanks for the chat

  • gazzaforever

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #13

    This blog is dying, too much toonking, ciaran, tads, tds, manxpie… Not enough catchy , jesper, papa cisse, … I m out. Cant stand those idiots anymore.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14


    You’re in a good mood

    Ha ha ha

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #15

    If we don’t invest heavily in the summer (and with Ashley in charge it is very likely) I think we could be relegated next year .

    Our record without Remy, Ba or Cabaye is shocking and shows how much of a one man team we actually are .

    Such a shame to see a talented team that once had the likes of Ba, Cabaye & Remy just fading away into mediocrity after such promise .

    That 5th place finish seems a lifetime ago and not striking when the iron was hot (only bringing in Anita) is like burning a winning lottery ticket .

    I give up 🙁 .

  • HAZZY1

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Lots of good young players we should be looking at
    Welbeck W.Hughes T.Ince K.Trippier
    Ings C.Coady A.Knockaert S.Byram
    Berahino S.Sinclair H.Maguire
    Rhodes N.Redmund S.Caulker

    Id even look at Connor Wickham I know but he can move a good club all will be forgiven could be a good number 9?

  • Blofal

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #17

    I really do hope he comes good.

    Problem is we haven’t got Cabaye setting him up anymore and Anita and Tiote just aren’t playmakers.

    Even Gutierrez when he was in form eons ago used to whip it in and give him a chance. And when confident he only needed the slightest chance to have it in the back of the net too.

    Come on Papiss.. I want to chant your name again. And Big Pappa your right… only bringing in Anita that window was our downfall.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Cisse was deadly for NUFC to the day that Pardew played him on the wing because Ba was upset .

    Hasn’t been the same player since .

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #19

    you can look at wickham all u like but don’t touch we know where he has been

  • spitfire_

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Luckily for Cisse, to be with the problem in the head is something usual at Newcastle.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #21

    big pappa

    it don’t seem like a big deal moving a player out to the right
    why has this simple thing destroyed him

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #22

    @ beermonkey

    Could just be a coincidence or maybe it messed with him mentally .

    I mean imagine setting a record for scoring goals in your first 12 games and as a reward you are then played out wide . Having said that he is not blame free as some of the chances he has missed have been shocking .

    He had close to a 1 in 2 record before joining us but now he has scored something like 10 in 70 games . For me he is a poacher and gives nothing to the team unless he is scoring goals .

    However if he has to think about finishing rather than just hitting things first time and being relaxed he fluffs his lines . The Wonga saga probably knocked his confidence even more as well .

  • beermonkey

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #23

    big pappa

    he should never have been moved after it was working
    ok i see why ba was upset but with cup games and the fact we had Europe as well there was enough games for them both to play through the middle
    and they could have been rotated a little more

    last season ended up being a complete mess for most not many players covered themselves in glory

    with remy out now is the time for pards to put an arm round tell the world how good he is and get him going but it should have been done sooner

    why doe pardew wait till something happens before he looks at stuff

  • noladonna

    Mar 18, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #24

    IN ….cabella 10m grenier 12m muriel 12m caulker 8m

    menez (free) gomis (free)

    OUT. obertan 1m marveaux 2m cisse 6m ben arfa 6m

    colocinni 4m

    ameobi(finally) gosling(finally)

    problem is who would buy obertan or marveaux probably gonna be stuck with both until there contracts expire can see ben arfa going to liverpool in the summer

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 18, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Sad to say but Cisse has had more than a year and a half to get his head sorted and confidence back!! He’s still not scoring goals for us and has to be sold this summer. After the best possible start to his career it really does make me wonder how on earth it’s come to this, very sad indeed.


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