Papiss Cisse has had a great season for Newcastle, and he’s been in top form for the Magpies this season, when he’s played.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring winner on Saturday
Papiss is coming off that broken knee-cap and it took some time for him to return to the side after his operation last summer.
But he finally did that at home to Hull City on September 20th, when he came off the bench with Newcastle 2-0 down and 20 minutes to play.
Papiss got Newcastle a valuable point with two goals in the last 16 minutes of the game. 😀
The Senegal striker has kept on scoring this season and John Carver has given his some credit today:.
“He’s on 11 goals now, and we’ve got 11 games left. If he keeps scoring every 84th minute, yes we have got a 20-goal-a-season man!” “He’s a typical striker where he had that exceptional season and everything he hit the net. The following season he found it tough.”
“He picked up this injury and then went to the African Nations. It’s been a bit stop-start.” “But he’s a pleasure to work with every day. He’s always smiling.” “He’s always enjoying what he does. He wants to get better and better, which is great.”
“He shows so much enthusiasm, it’s easy for me to work with him.” “We’ve got to get the service to him.” “Because he’s had the African Nations and the problem with his knee, people might have gone off him, but we have never gone off him.”
“We’ve stayed with him. I wanted him to stay and the club kept him, which was great.”
There’s just no doubt that Papiss is a terrific striker, and we suppose if clubs have gone off him then maybe he’ll still be at Newcastle come August?
In early February John Carver had thanked Lee Charnley for not selling Papiss Cisse in the January transfer window, after Cisse was reportedly tempted by a massive financial package to join Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.
Most people would be asking why Newcastle didn’t strengthen that squad last January, rather than thanking the top Newcastle executive for not selling a player who has scored a third of our Premier League goals this season.
But hey – that’s just my opinion.
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