If Alan Pardew does survive in his job as Newcastle manager, then he knows he has Papiss Cisse to thank for that, after Cisse came on and scored two dramatic late goals to get a draw against the ordinary looking Hull City side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Cisse with manager Pardew after he had scored
Cisse hadn’t played since last April, when he broke his knee cap in the 2-1 home loss to Swansea City, and even now he has some muscle wastage on his thigh, due to the layoff.
Newcastle are at Crystal Palace in the League Cup on Wednesday night, but we cannot see Alan Pardew playing a strong team in that game, given the trouble we are in at the moment and are still bottom of the league.
Our next league game is at Stoke on Monday night and we must take something out of that game if we are to haul ourselves out of bottom place in the league.
So it’s possible we could go out of the League Cup (Capital One Cup) on Wednesday night in London.
Alan Pardew was asked about the status of Cisse and whether he would play in that game:
“I don’t know, we will have to have a little chat about that.” “The injury he had, he had muscle wastage on his thigh and it’s only just returned.”
“So he has been doing a lot of running, a lot of energy, and that’s why he looked so fit.” “But he hasn’t actually done a lot of ball work, so I think it showed today that we can’t chance him, we’ll have to wait and see.”
The manager will have to be very careful with Cisse, and we cannot rush him back too quickly, however much we need him in the side at the moment – for his goal-scoring prowess.
Cisse looked in great form on Saturday and also looked very hungry for goals, much like he looked when he first arrived at the club in January of 2012.
If the Senegal Striker can keep up the kind of form he showed in his cameo appearance on Saturday, he could well be Newcastle’s savior over the next couple of months.
Newcastle have found it very difficult to score goals this season, and we have never looked a threat – until Papiss came on and showed what a great striker he is when in form.
Cisse’s appearance and goals on Saturday has given Newcastle fans some hope that maybe we can get out the relegation zone – maybe.
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