John Carver was asked at the end of his press conference yesterday about striker Papiss Cisse, and he said that Papiss was not 100% after missing the last six games because of suspension, and we had thought he would be available to play in our game at home to West Brom a week tomorrow, in the third last game of the season.
Papiss Cisse – we may need him this season
John talked last night and made the rather astonishing statement that he thought he was in pole position to get the head coach job at Newcastle at the end of the season.
But he also gave out some useful information about Cisse, and it looks like he’s still having an issue with that pin in his knee, and he’s basically had the problem all season.
This is what Carver said last night:
“He’s quite positive about this whole situation, so let’s not write him off. He’s been really positive about it, and it might be that we have to use him like Siem de Jong in the last 20 minutes, half and hour, to come off the bench, get in that six-yard box and score the winning goal for us.”
“We might have to use him in that way. But what we’re not going to do is put him at risk, put his health at risk by doing something stupid.”
“The one thing I will say is when he was playing, you could see – it was blatantly obvious to everyone – that he had a little bit of an issue with a limp. That limp has gone now, so that’s good news.”
Even though Papiss got a late start to the season because of his broken knee cap he picked up last April, he’s still Newcastle’s top scorer with 11 league goals in just 20 appearances – so he’s proved he can score goals when brought on as a late substitute.
And we will need Papiss in the final three games of the season in case Newcastle get into more problems with relegation.
Given our form of this year that’s likely, unless our players and John Carver can get a grip and get the win we desperately need, and soon too.
We’ll hope for the best in the final four games of the season, and hope that Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse can provide the class needed to save us from relegation.
This is one of the lowest points Newcastle have reached in many years, and certainly the good name of the club has taken a huge hit this year.