It looked like if Newcastle had brought in Charlie Austin after we also brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic, then Papiss Cisse could be sold before the end of the summer transfer window.
But Steve McClaren seems to like what he sees of Cisse, and Papiss has started for Newcastle in the lone striker role in the first two games of the season with Mitrovic on the bench.
Diego Rolan – we don’t need him
Papiss wants to stay on Tyneside, and he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for us last season when he was still carrying some pain in his knee from the broken knee-cap he suffered a year last April.
The Senegal striker is now fully fit and he has shown over the last almost four years, that he can get the goals in the Premier League.
Newcastle seem to have cooled to the idea of paying out £15M for Charlie Austin, but there’s news today in the local Shields Gazette, that we may try to sign Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan.
We have Papiss Cisse, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Manu Riviere as strikers, and if Adam Armstrong keeps hammering them in at Coventry – he scored another good goal last night – then we could even recall the 18 year-old.
Here’s a report on Adam and the video of the goal we put out last night.
We also have players like Gini Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons who can score goals – plus the incoming Florian Thauvin.
So why are we not concentrating on bringing one or even two new defenders in to shore up the part of the team – the defense – that by the statistics has been our biggest weakness over the last three PL seasons?
We have conceded a massive 190 goals over the least three seasons in the Premier League – and the facts are there for all to see.
If you don’t strengthen the team in the right (the weakest) places you don’t really strengthen the team.