Papiss Cisse has praised his manager Alan Pardew today for winning the Premier League Manager of the Month award for November, and it’s obvious when Cisse is on the field that he believes in the Newcastle manager.
Papiss Cisse after scoring against Hull goes over to Alan Pardew
When he scores he often goes over to Pardew on the sideline, and it turns out that Papiss thinks Pardew has done an excellent job this season in turning things around.
In the last eight league games, we’ve picked up six wins and one draw for 19 points, after getting just 4 points from the first seven games, and today we have a tough trip to Arsenal.
This is what the Senegal striker has told Sky Sports:
“I say well done to him because it was very, very hard for him at the start of the season,” “It was not easy and he kept going, believing in himself and the team.”
“Now he is the manager of the month and that is good for him. That will give him more confidence. I just tell him keep going and try to do something good for the team.”
“The players believe him and he believes in his players. If something happens now in this team to win the game it is because of very hard work.”
“It was like the team had changed. The players didn’t know their friends and they had never played together. They had to make a team quickly and that is not easy for the gaffer and the players.”
“Now it becomes easier because everyone knows everyone and knows what happens if you work hard.” “You need to have some pressure but it needs to be positive.”
“If I have pressure, I laugh, I dance, I smile. I do that all the time. In my head I just say, ‘I go and play football.” “I need to enjoy myself. Football is something to enjoy.”
“Smile and play. It is normal that you concentrate but I don’t have pressure.” “Ayoze is here and Emmanuel Riviere, and Yoan Gouffran can play as strikers as well.”
“I love competition and it is something that pushes me more to do well and to work hard and that’s good.”
Certainly Papiss Cisse’s attitude is first class, and he says a lot of things that are so true in his comments above.
Cisse has been dealing with a sore knee all season, and Alan Pardew said at his press conference yesterday that he would have to protect it basically all through the season.
So we hope when Papiss goes away on International duty with Senegal in January for the African Cup of Nations, they protect Cisse as well.
The last thing we want is for Papiss Cisse to come back from Equatorial Guinea early next year injured.
Let’s hope Papiss Cisse is on form at the Emirates, although he may not start the game today.
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