Today in football, managers and coaches have to become psychologists to a large extent, and the coaches at Newcastle United have been trying to get Papiss Cisse back to the fantastic form of two years ago, when he first arrived at Newcastle, and he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – in action on Saturday
Alan Pardew has given his press conference for the (very) tough home game against Everton tomorrow night, and he had some special praise for the Senegal striker:
“Papiss has had a difficult season as many strikers do in some years,” “It is very rare for a forward to go through his whole career and have successful seasons back to back.”
“Only the very best can do that.” “Papiss is a very good striker and you have to show faith when they have having a tough time.” “It is important that managers send out the right signals and he has repaid me.”
“He actually had better chances against Palace but he never fails to deliver at some point.” “That’s the third goal he’s scored deep into injury time so it speaks volumes for his fitness.” “I’m just so pleased he scored that goal and now hopefully, there will be a few more between now and the end of the season.”
“When they have barren spells it is going to affect them, any striker, and I include the best in that. He’s no different to any other striker in that respect.” “I am so pleased he has got his goal because I hope from between now and the end of the season he gets a few more.”
Papiss has shown the character of a striker over most of this season, when things have certainly not gone his way, but he’s trained hard and has never given up during any of our games, and last Saturday was a good example of that.
He may have had four good chances which he missed, but he still managed to score with the very last chance in stoppage time, and he took his opportunity from a perfect Ben Arfa cross brilliantly.
And he’s also done that last season against Stoke City, Fulham and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League – so that’s four times a Papiss Cisse goal in stoppage time has won the game for Newcastle.
That’s some record – but we hope tomorrow night he can score a little bit earlier, to make it just a bit easier on the nerves of Newcastle fans, which may be just a bit frayed at the moment.
But tomorrow against Everton will be a huge test for a Newcastle side still missing our two best players – Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy.