Newcastle were four players short of their best team on Sunday against Champions Manchester City, and we were missing Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon, who you would probably expect to be starters when they are fit.
Siem de Jong in training before his injury
That wasn’t true of Papiss last season, and he had a very poor season, after he had made such a blistering start to his Newcastle career with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances in 2012 in the second half of the season, when we finished 5th.
And we have to hope that we see that Papiss Cisse, when he returns from his broken knee-cap which we suppose could still be a month away.
Davide Santon is still about that same time away from recovering from his knee injury, and he should come back into the side and be our starting left back – as the Italian has been in the three seasons he’s been on Tyneside.
Siem should be fit for our game at Villa Park on Saturday, although Cheick Tiote still seems to be only 50-50 with his hamstring injury.
Alan Pardew has talked about Siem and Papiss, who can both score goals for us this season:
“We’re still missing Papiss Cisse and Siem de Jong through injury, two massive players for us that we’ve paid a financial outlay on.”
“We feel they’re big, big players. So, no, I feel that once they’re in and around the squad as well we’re going to be difficult, and I think we’ll score goals. I think Siem will be close next week.”
We should see Siem in action on Saturday, and from what we’ve seen of this player so far, he could be a big player for us this season.
Siem can score goals and he is dangerous with free kicks just outside the box, and Alan Pardew seems to be have been delighted with what he has seen so far from the 25 year-old Dutch International.
And Papiss Cisse needs to come back and show that confidence he had two years ago, when he looked such a world beater for us in 2012.
If these two lads can have good seasons, then Newcastle should do very well by the time next May rolls around.
That’s what we’re hoping.
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