Papiss Cisse is looking forward to leading the line on Monday night at West Ham, and he would be expected to be a direct replacement for the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic, although Ayoze Perez seems to be pushing the Senegal man for that starting position, with the 22 year-old Spaniard looking impressive so far this summer.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring against Southampton
Cisse was not called upon by Senegal for this International break, and so had been able to have a rest, like some of our other players.
If Papiss gets the call from McClaren it will be a good chance for Cisse to show what he can do for Newcastle, after seemingly being a bit miffed when he lost his starting spot to Mitrovic a few games ago.
And if the 20 year-old Serbian striker cannot show more control on the pitch, there may be a number of starting opportunities for Cisse, if Mitrovic keeps picking up yellow and red cards.
This is what Papiss has said today:
“The players – those that aren’t involved with their national team – can go away and relax and come back fresher.”
“Then we start again and maybe we can do something good against West Ham.”
After the terrible second half of last season its not particularly good that we are second bottom of the league table after four games, with only Sunderland below us.
Newcastle had a bad start last season when we got only four points from the first seven league games, but then we won six games in a row, so by the time Alan Pardew left we were sitting pretty in 9th position on 26 points from 19 games at the end of last year.
But the rot set in again, when John Carver took over and we got only 13 points from those last 19 league games.
Those are some of the reasons why we have to get off to a much better start this season under new head coach Steve McClaren.
A win is what we want to see on Monday night, and it seems that Andy Carroll makes his comebacks against his home town club, and after being out for another long stretch, this time with knee problems, he is likely to make the bench on Monday night.