We had reported yesterday on some good news for Newcastle – that both Ryan Taylor and Papiss Cisse had returned to training following long term injuries, and when they are both fully fit they will strengthen the Newcastle squad, and also add some experience to the side.
Papiss Cisse – suffering broken knee-cap earlier this year
Papiss broke he knee-cap in the 2-1 home defeat by Swansea late last season, and he is only now returning to full fitness, but he will not be available for the tough game at St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
And Newcastle’s outlook for the season will seem to depend a lot on which Papiss Cisse we see this season.
The seemingly world-class striker that we signed in February of 2012, who scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle wearing the famous number 9 shirt.
Or will it be the player who has struggled for goals over the last two seasons, and scored only 17 goals in his last 73 appearances for the side.
Last season Papiss really struggled and lost his first team starting position to Loic Remy, and the Senegal striker scored only 4 goals in 26 first team appearances.
Only two of those goals were in the Premier League in 24 league appearances.
It’s good that Papiss is finally on his way back, and we are just hoping that the world-class goalscorer we saw two years ago, is back for Newcastle this season.
And we are also hoping to see our new signing Facundo Ferreyra at least on the bench at St. Mary’s – and the strikers we signed have to be given an early chance this season, to show what they do for Newcastle.
We need to be able to score some goals – somehow.
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