Newcastle Season Could Depend On This Striker’s Form

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.

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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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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    janmaat. William. coloccini. haidara
    sissoko. Tiote. colback. Goufran

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I went for a draw in the poll. When Pardew is under pressure he always scrapes a result to buy him more time. That said if Southampton are on it they will sweep us aside with ease, we crumble against teams who play it on the deck with speed.

  • thai-mag

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3

    The supporters of the Toon must be at an all time low if 78% think we will loose and only 9% think we will win, it may be time to have a stupid bet on a win, because I think they can still surprise us if they can get Aarons on the ball

  • banjax

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    The only good thing to come out of a defeat at Southampton would be the sacking of Alan Pardew. His thin excuses for the poor results under his tenure paled into insignificance when he blamed the supporters for their too over enthusiastic support really smacks of desperation and a man out of his depth. Trouble is, what self respecting manager would be a yes man to Mike Ashley ??

  • Tsunki

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Has he gone yet?

  • croftus5678

    Sep 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    i know we all want pards out but come on surely we have a slightly better than avg chance of winning this game lol !

    and ye i hope chucky gets playing time as he really could be the striker to lead the line if we do play 4-2-3-1.

    imo the formation doesnt work and we would be better with 4-4-2 in the way pards plays with rolando and cabella on the wings and between sis/colb or tiote in the middle and leave 2 strikers forward.

  • Sav

    Sep 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Never do well at St. Mary’s or The Dell before that. No idea why but its so consistent you can call it a fact not a coincidence. Better Newcastle sides than this one have all foundered. May as well give all the kids a run-out for all the good a full squad will do us.


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