Papiss Cisse a year ago was recovering from the broken knee-cap he picked up in the game at home to Swansea that we lost 2-1 a year last April, and he missed the start of the season – but when he did come back he made a number of substitute appearance but was still able to knock those goals in, and the Senegal striker ended up as our top scorer with 11 goals in just 22 appearances.
Some of those goals were really important like the brace that helped us beat Chelsea 2-1 in December, but throughout most of the season he had problems with the surgical screws that had been inserted into his knee to stabilize it, and they caused him some significant discomfort and he had a limp.
Papiss Cisse scoring first goal of his brace against Chelsea
But after he got himself suspended against Manchester United for seven games in early March, he was sent off to Paris and had an operation to remove the screws and when he returned – voilà – the limp was gone and he was nearly fully fit for the first time last season.
We had thought that maybe Papiss would be sold over the summer, but he has talked today on the Newcastle web-site and it seems he’s staying at the club:
“They were brilliant again last season, as they always are,” “If you have fans like we do, who are behind the team the whole time, then Newcastle can achieve anything.”
“When the game starts you can feel them behind you, pushing you on, trying to help you.” “They may not be on the pitch but they are so important to us and make a big difference to the team.
“They make my heart warm. Players need fans like this.”
“I was happy with the season from a personal point of view,” he said, of last term.” “As it came to the end, the most important thing was that the team stayed in the Premier League. That was all that mattered.”
“After that, I obviously wanted to be an important part of the team and scoring goals.” “I didn’t play as many games as I would have liked during the season (through injury and suspension) but I had 11 goals, so I have to be quite happy.”
“Now, I want to make sure that the new season is even better and that I can score goals to help the team have a much better season.”
Papiss turned 30 earlier this month and he still has two years left on the five and a half year deal he signed back in January of 2012 when he was signed from SC Freiburg, so there’s no reason Newcastle have to sell him, and this lad can score the goals – especially when he is fit.
If Papiss stays at the club then maybe we just need one striker brought in and Newcastle could have Cisse, Perez, Riviera and Charlie Austin as the four strikers for next season – and that’s some goal scoring there.
Well – we haven’t got Charlie yet – but he’s our number one target, and we are hoping the club can get him in soon.
Cisse is a very good natural goalscorer and in 110 appearances for Newcastle he’s scored a good 41 goals.
It would be good if Papiss was still at the club come September, but if we do manage to get Charlie Austin in – then what number will he wear, since Papiss has the number 9 jersey?