In his press conference today for the game at Stoke on Monday night, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was surprisingly relaxed, calm and seemingly confident, and he fielded all the questions thrown at him by the journalists in attendance.
Certainly Pardew didn’t look like a man who was close to the end of his tenure at the club.
Papiss Cisse scoring equalizer last Saturday
Pardew did spent some time talking about Papiss Cisse who should train today for the first time since he picked up the
“Papiss has not had much football and had flu this week, so he hasn’t trained yet. He’s not fully up to speed.” “But he’s fit and well, and there are no lingering doubts about his injury, and he looks on the way back which is pleasing.”
¨I thought he was very unfortunate last season, because I didn’t think he had a lot of opportunities in the first half of the season with Remy scoring, and in the second half when Remy got injured, we didn’t really have the creative force that we had in the first half of the season.¨
¨This team I think will create much more chances for him, and if he can recreate the form of two and three years ago, it will be a massive bonus.¨ ¨He’s a great character and personality, and we love him as a player so we are hoping he can get the goals.¨
At the end of the press conference Alan Pardew did say that Daryl Janmaat seems to be ready for the game on Monday night, but that Rolando Aarons is still three or four weeks away from being fit, which wasn’t good news.
We’ll see Papiss Cisse on Monday night either as a starter or coming off the bench, and if he’s anything like he was against Hull City, we should do well.
A win is what we need on Monday night.
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