Papiss Cisse saved Newcastle on Saturday at Swansea, much like he did against Hull City at home, when he came on with 20 minutes to go and managed to score two good goals to get Newcastle a point.
Papiss Cisse somehow scores first goal – from a tight angle
Papiss started for Newcastle for the first time on Saturday, and he showed his goal scoring prowess with two opportunist goals, but the good news for Newcastle fans is that he says he is not back to his best yet.
Papiss had a poor season last term, mainly because Loic Remy was the number one striker at the club. but he’s now gone to Chelsea and finding it hard to get a game.
But Papiss is enjoying things at Newcastle – but he says he’s not yet back at his best – even with 4 goals in three appearances so far this season.
This is what Papiss said after the game on Saturday:
“I’m not on fire,” “I am not back to my best.” “I’m just working hard at the moment. I got an opportunity and I scored. I’m just doing my job, I’m happy.”
“My knee is strong now. I feel nothing. Sometimes I have to be careful with it, but I don’t have a reaction to the injury and it feels good.”
“This is not three points but it is one point – it’s difficult in Swansea so that is good for the team.”
If Papiss can get into the form he was when he first arrived from SC Freiburg 33 months ago, when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle wearing the famous number 9 shirt, he could still save Newcastle this season.
Well at least until January, when we must get new strikers in to help share the load with Papiss.
And it could be that players like Manu Riviere, Facundo Ferreyra and Rolando Aarons could come through by then and have scored some goals for us.
We will also have Siem de Jong back in early January from injury, but our main weakness right now is that players other than Papiss, are finding it very difficult to score goals for Newcastle.
That’s a big concern at the moment.
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