Papiss Cisse got himself stupidly suspended for seven games in the game at home to Manchester United in early March, and that has been just one of the reasons Newcastle have struggled ever since – and especially in the goal-scoring department.
Papiss came on for the last 20 minutes on Saturday and saw the game out well, and he has finally lost that limp after having corrective surgery on the knee, while he was out suspended.
That was a good move by the club.
Papiss Cisse in action on Saturday
After all, Papiss Cisse has 11 goals in just 20 appearances for us this season, and even though he has missed a lot of games after having been out with that knee injury at the start of the season, he still has four goals more than second top scorer 21 year-old Ayoze Perez, who scored a great equalizer for us on Saturday.
One way Newcastle can survive is to have Papiss come in and get us some goals in the final two games – which he’s certainly capable of doing – and if we can do that maybe he can pay back Newcastle for missing the last seven games though suspension.
This is what the 30 year-old Senegal International has had to say:
“It has been hard having to watch what has been going on.” “For half of the time, I have been in Paris because I stayed there to recover from my injury.”
“It has been very hard for me because it is not easy to see your team losing every week.” “You know the people well and you know how hard it must be for them but they have good, strong heads.”
“I know some people where, if they had lost all these games, they would be struggling to cope but this team keeps going and keeps working very hard on the training ground.”
“Now they have stopped the losing run, the next thing is to win.” “It was important to get something because the team have been losing every game.”
“The players have been sticking together and now we know we have to do something to save the team.” “I think it is a very good point but we know we need to win a game.”
“It was important that we got something from the game.” “It was not an easy game to play because West Brom stayed back a lot and weren’t really trying to play.”
“That didn’t make it easy for us but to get one point is positive because when you have lost eight games in a row you cannot go on like that.”
“There was a lot of desire in the team and now we need to keep on going.” “Maybe next week if we do that we will win the game.”
That would obviously be the very best thing imaginable if we can beat QPR next Saturday, and they are already relegated.
We would save ourselves if we win in London and Hull cannot win at Tottenham Hotspur, and it would also save the Newcastle fans from the potential agony of the final game of the season, if everything depended on the result with West Ham.
We remember well what happened six years ago at Villa Park and that was tragic, painful, heart-breaking and depressing.
We don’t want to go through that ever again.
Papiss – please score some goals for us next Saturday.