Papiss Cisse got a good 20 minutes today in the vital 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, and he no longer has the limp he had earlier this season, due to that pin in his knee, so the operation he had after he was suspended against Manchester United in early March, seems to have done the trick.
And Papiss has come through that 20 minutes with no ill effects it seems, and it’s obvious Cisse wants to pay back the club after he stupidly got himself suspended for seven games and boy – have we missed him and his goals – and he’s still the top goalscorer this season with 11 goals after only 21 appearances.
Papiss Cisse in action today
But all credit to young Ayoze Perez, who scored another goal this afternoon to get a vital point, and that’s now 7 premier league goals for the 21 year-old this season.
It’s a very tough baptism for this youngster, but if we do survive the drop there’s no way this young striker should be leaving Newcastle.
Papiss had some good news for Newcastle fans tonight – this is what the top Senegal striker had to say:
“I’m happy to be back playing, it has been a long time. We have stopped losing.” “It may not be massive but it is very important for the gaffer and the players and fans. We had to stop losing.”
“We must now keep this going and get something at QPR.” “Seriously, I feel very good. My running feels good. I need to work all week because this week I only trained two days with the team.”
“If I have the whole week I will be fine.”
One thing John Carver and the medics have to do is to ensure none of our players pick up any injuries in training in the coming week – the training field injuries have helped to decimate the squad all season.
We hope Papiss Cisse has a good week in training, and that being the case there’s no reason he couldn’t even start against QPR, and a win in that game could even make us safe next Saturday night.