Alan Pardew has talked at length today about Papiss Cisse, and he has been very positive about what the Senegal striker could do for Newcastle this season – and if is anything like he did when he first arrived a Newcastle in January of 2012 from SC Freiburg, he could be sensational.
Papiss Cisse in action last season
But that’s all about what he could do – because we know Papiss is a gifted striker, but he has not had the best of seasons over the last two campaigns on Tyneside, and he’s not getting any younger at 29.
In his first full season at Newcastle he scored 13 goals in 43 appearances, after coming in and scoring 13 goals in 14 appearances when he first arrived on Tyneside.
Last season he scored only four times in 26 appearances, so he’s certainly tailed off rather dramatically on the goal scoring front the longer he has been at Newcastle.
But Alan Pardew is upbeat about what Papiss can do for Newcastle this season:
“I do remember not so long ago us all talking very highly about Papiss, and whether we could keep him,” “The chances he was given last year didn’t really help his cause, and there was a lot of games where he trawled through for us because we never created enough chances for him.”
“I think with Papiss that there’s a possibility that he could score a lot of goals in this team, so I wouldn’t write him off by any stretch of the imagination.
“He’s about two weeks away from training, so he’s not far away, so that’s something that seems to have been forgotten.” “Having said that, if we’re going to bring in a player, they have to be better and above Manu Riviere and Papiss, otherwise there is no point.”
“When you look at the transfers, Jordan Rhodes, Ross McCormack to Fulham and Shane Long, and you look at their prices, I don’t think we would have done those three transfers.”
“He had like two or three chances a game” “He fluffed his lines a little bit, but he probably needs more than that – top strikers do need more than that – and I’d never put off the fact the fact that he can come again, and come again here.”
Not sure why the Newcastle manager is being so upbeat about Papiss, other than maybe Newcastle are not going to sign another striker before next Tuesday, and that would leave us potentially struggling for goals, as we did in the second half of last season.
In our first three games we’ve created enough chances, but a Newcastle player is yet to score a goal this season, although we did get an own goal at Gillingham on Tuesday night for the 1-0 win in the Capital One Cup.
We have lost Loic Remy, and he has not been replaced with a similar kind of goalscorer, who is almost guaranteed to score goals in the Premier League.
And from Alan is saying today, we may not replace him by next Tuesday either.
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