Papiss Cisse is one of the most popular players in Newcastle’s squad and when you hear or read his interviews it’s easy to see why – as an example in his interview immediately after the game, he was so humble and thanked everybody for helping him finally get that goal on Saturday.
Papiss Cisse scores very late goal
The 29 times capped Senegal International (15 goals) has now scored 30 goals for Newcastle in 82 total appearances, and we’re hoping he can get some more goals before the end of the season.
Papiss is starting right now for Newcastle because Loic Remy is out with a calf injury, and it may still be a week or two before the French striker is fit again.
This is what Cisse has said in the Mail:
“Scoring that goal was one of the best feelings in the world,” “‘It is difficult when you see the team working so hard to get the win and you’re the striker up there responsible for getting the goals and the chances keep coming and don’t go in. Again and again and again.”
“I felt relief and joy when the goal went in and when it hit the net I just thought “thank you” to everybody in the team, who had worked so hard to get to that point for me to score. There had been a chance just before then when Mapou put the ball in and it went past me.”
‘I just went “Oh my God”. I was lying on the ground and my head was just spinning, but I told myself that the game wasn’t finished, that I would get another chance. In those moments as a striker you have to be strong, you have to keep going.”
“The run of not scoring has been very difficult in my head. It is tough to take and you feel bad for yourself and your team-mates because you wonder if you are doing enough, but I have to thank the other players and the staff, because I have always felt that they have had faith in me. But this year has been very, very hard.”
“I just had to say to myself that I had to do myself justice, work hard and keep smiling and maybe I would get my chance to play.” ‘Thankfully that has happened. Now I want more goals and I will do my best.”
Alan Pardew had said that Papiss was fighting for his Newcastle future in these final games of the season, so he at least needs to be given some playing time, even when Loic returns.
With Luuk de Jong seemingly off form, it may be that Papiss will partner Remy when the Frenchman returns from injury.
And of course the Loic’s futures lies elsewhere and not at Newcastle, and his first choice is Arsenal.
We really do hope that Papiss is still on Tyneside next season, because he can still do a job – a good job for Newcastle United.
What do you think?