When Papiss Cisse was dropped for Aleksandar Mitrovic earlier this season, it seems he took it well, and manager Steve McClaren was pleased with his reaction, especially when he had been playing quite well in the Newcastle first team.
Papiss has been the source of many rumors on him leaving Newcastle but he will probably stay at Newcastle until next summer.
Papiss Cisse – scoring penalty against Gateshead in pre-season
It’s true that Papiss said after the last time out – the 1-0 loss to Arsenal at home that he didn’t know if he would be staying at Newcastle and his agent was keen to move Papiss somewhere else – so the agent could get paid.
But nobody came in for Papiss with a suitable offer.
Steve McClaren seems to be a fan of the Senegal International and he had this to say about him today:
“I am happy with his reaction to not playing,” “He was very unlucky not to play.” “We just wanted to look at Mitro and one or two other things.”
“There was a lot of speculation.” “But I said from day one to Lee Charnley ‘flipping heck, if Papiss does go – and there is talk about this, that and the other – you have got to get me a player who can score 11 goals in 22 games as he did last season’.”
“That is very difficult in today’s market. So he can score and when he is focused and fit, he is a threat and he is that at the moment.”
Cisse basically saved us last season with his goals – and hit 11 Premier League goals in only 22 appearances – and that’s a good scoring record by anybody’s measurement.
Let’s hope Papiss can hit one or two for us tonight at West Ham United.