We are short enough of players this season who can put the ball into the back of the net, after Newcastle for whatever reason didn’t replace Loic Remy last summer, after he opted to join Chelsea and wasn’t interested in making his loan deal at Newcastle permanent.
Papiss Cisse – we must give him more playing time
Papiss Cisse is our best striker this season, and he has scored 9 goals in 15 appearances for Newcastle, even though a number of those appearances have been as a second half substitute late in the games.
Papiss came on yesterday against Stoke after 65 minutes for Vurnon Anita, in what was an attacking move made by caretaker manager John Carver, but we couldn’t get the win, and basically threw away two points by letting in the late equalizer from a Peter Crouch header, after Jack Colback had pout us ahead after 74 minutes.
But with so little fire-power up front we have to start Papiss Cisse so we can get more threat up front.
It’s been a bit of a blessing that young Ayoze Perez has come through this season with five Premier League goals, although Emmanuel Riviere who was our main striker brought in last summer, has not had a good time of it and scored only two goals.
Papiss has been suffering from the after-effects of pins that were put into his knee after he broke his knee cap last April, and it’s possible that’s why John Carver doesn’t start him.
But at least at home we should be starting two strikers up front to try to get maximum points from our games at St. James’ Park.
And hopefully we can get the impressive Siem de Jong back into the squad, by the time we play at the Etihad Stadium a week on Saturday.
It was a set-back yesterday that we didn’t get our second win in a row, because if we had things would have looked a lot brighter today than they do at the moment.
But there’s a decent chance to make up for that on Wednesday night at Selhurst Park, where we meet Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew.
It would be great if we could get a win at Palace – as we did last season – and that would be 7 points from our last three games.
That would give the lads confidence to push on and try to get as high in the Premier League table this season as possible, and certainly that’s what John Carver wants to do.
There’s precious little left to play for this season except for pride, and it was a disappointing attendance yesterday of 47,763, almost 5,000 below capacity.
However, Geordie Pride is always worth fighting for at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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