It seems that Newcastle still have to manage Papiss Cisse’s knee condition, but John Carver has said today it’s difficult to leave the Senegal striker out of the side, with him scoring so many goals for us this season – 10 Premier League goals in only 17 appearances.
Papiss Cisse header goes in at Selhurst Park
This is what John Carver has said today about the 29 year-old Senegal striker:
“He’s got this issue with his knee. We have to maintain that and look after him properly.” “If he keeps scoring goals then he has to be in the team.”
“I stuck Papiss Cisse in – I was brave to play two strikers away from home, but he’s a fox in the box.”
John seems to be trying to write his own headlines there, in saying he was brave to play two strikers away from home – it’s a pity we didn’t play two of them at home last Sunday against Stoke.
Papiss had some metal pins put into his knee in the summer to strengthen it and assist in the healing, after he fractured his knee cap in April, and those pins have been causing him some discomfort this season.
It hasn’t affected his goal scoring prowess however, and this is what Papiss Cisse has said today on the Newcastle web-site:
““I’m happy with 10 goals so far.”Every time I go on the pitch I try to score and I always believe that I can score goals for my team.”
“I don’t care about a nice goal, a far out goal, a header, a tap-in – a goal is a goal and they all help the team.”
“As long as the ball goes in, I am happy.” “I have ten now and this one helped the team take a point from a very tough game.”
Papiss is having a good goal scoring season, and in 104 total appearances for Newcastle since he joined us three years ago from SC Freiburg, he’s scored 40 goals.
That includes 32 in the Premier League, so that’s not a bad record after scoring only four goals in 26 appearances last season.
We hope Papiss can keep fit through the rest of the season because with this player on the field Newcastle can score at any time.
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