Papiss Cisse should be back maybe on the substitute’s bench for the game against West Brom, and he has served the seven game ban he received for spitting at Johnny Evans in the home game against Manchester United in early March, which we lost 1-0 with a goal scored in stoppage time.
Papiss Cisse – he’s back against West Brom
Papiss has some problems still with his knee but he has been training and putting the ball into the net in the practice sessions and Papiss owes Newcastle United after he has missed the last seven games – so we are hoping he can produce some goals for us in the final three games of the season.
This is what John Carver has said about the Senegal International striker:
“His most important goals for the club might yet to be to come,” “They don’t have to be spectacular or pretty like the one at Chelsea – or the two at Chelsea – a little poke in the six-yard box might do it.”
“Whatever it means, whichever way it happens I don’t mind as long as it gets us the three points.” “He’s putting himself up for it because don’t forget, he had an operation on his knee and he trained for the first time on Thursday.”
“He’s not got that limp anymore, which is great news.”
That’s really great news that he hasn’t got the limp anymore, and when he came back in the second half at home against Hull earlier in the season, we were 2-0 down and he come on and got us two goals in the last 20 minutes.
That’s the kind of goal-scoring we need from Papiss in the last three games – but a last minute winner – which he is very good at – would also be very welcome.
There’s a lot of work to do at Newcastle in the summer, but that work will be dramatically different depending on whether we are a Premier League side or a Championship side.
If it’s the latter our revenues will fall by about 50% in the next financial year, so there will need to be some cost-cutting and the wage bill will become very important and will restrict the type of player we can bring in.
If we are a Premier League side we expect Mike Ashley to spend big bucks this summer – and Newcastle will now try to recruit a top manager like David Moyes – it would take something like that just to level the playing field for Mike Ashley with the fans.
There are an awful lot of fans who have given up on Mike Ashley and the frugal way he has run the club – which could be responsible for our relegation this season.