Interim head coach John Carver has heaped praise on Papiss Cisse in his press conference today – after the Senegal hit man got himself suspended for seven games for spitting at Jonny Evans of Manchester United in early March – but Papiss has had more surgery on his knee in Paris, and he’s made a very quick comeback.
The striker has 11 goals in just 20 appearances for us this season, and he could help save Newcastle in our last two games of the season.
Daryl Janmaat and Papiss Cisse in training this week
The 29-year-old has made his comeback ahead of expectations, and he was able to play the final 20 minutes of the 1-1 draw with West Brom last Saturday, and the Senegal man didn’t even have a limp – so it was a positive run-out for Newcastle’s top scorer.
And we have to say he’s been so positive and upbeat since he’s come back, and that will have given the rest of the players a lift – and that’s why he’s such an important player for us – he can score at any time from anywhere.
This is some of what John Carver has said today about Papiss:
“Papiss could be huge for us in these last two games.” “What we have to bear in mind is that he was supposed to be out for between 12 to 14 weeks, but because of the personality he is, he got back quicker than we thought.”
“He didn’t have any U-21 football, or a behind closed doors game to help prepare him for his Premier League comeback, and I thought he did well against West Brom after eight weeks out. He’s definitely going to be involved against QPR, and he’s definitely in a better place after a week’s training.”
“If I was QPR manager Chris Ramsey and I’d just lost 6-0 at Manchester City, I’d be wanting my side to put on a show for the fans in response to that. This is their last game in the Premier League at home for at least 12 months, there’s one or two characters in their team with a point to prove and they’ll want to go out on a high.
“That will drive them forward, and of course, they’ve got Joey Barton who won’t want to do us any favors. I’ve seen him before after a heavy defeat and he’ll want to respond in the right way.”
It’s interesting that the last time Newcastle scored in an away game was way back on 11th February at Crystal Palace – and yes – it was Papiss Cisse who scored the goal.
So that’s five away games on the trot that we haven’t scored a single goal, and we’ve conceded a massive 14 goals in those five defeats.
So much for our (terrible) goal difference and in three of those games at Manchester City, Everton and Leicester most of our players didn’t even bother turning up.
So we cannot be too confident about Saturday’s game, when we haven’t even scored a goal in our last five games.