Papiss Cisse scored 11 goals for us in 22 appearances last season and his goals helped save us from relegation.
Papiss scored those goals when he was not fully fit after suffering the broken knee cap in April of last year and when he was going to be finally fit this season we thought he could get a lot of goals for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse scoring in first game of the season against Southampton
But Cisse cannot get his game at the moment and he is not being used as an impact sub by McClaren as he was last season by Alan Pardew.
It’s not surprising if Cisse is just a little bit frustrated about things at the moment, but he seems to be staying upbeat about his situation at the club.
This is what the 30 year-old has told the local press today:
“I know myself and what I can bring,” “If I play, I will get chances to score and win games for Newcastle.”
“I haven’t had that chance of late, so I need to keep going. When I go into work, I work hard.” “I know I must keep being busy and working.”
“It feels like you’ve worked for nothing after a week of training when you don’t play.” “In my head I feel like I’ve done nothing, but I must keep going.”
“That’s the life of a footballer sometimes.” “It’s hard for me, but I always say I will keep going, and keep my smile all the time.”
“I know who I am and what I can bring to the team. I just wait.”
Since joining us from SC Freiburg almost four years ago for around £9M, Papiss has scored 42 goals and had 10 assists in 118 appearances for the club and this season he has one goal in eight appearances.
If Newcastle do bring in another striker in January Papiss could leave at that time.
But we should be playing Papiss more to get him match fit and maybe he can start scoring some goals for us from the bench – as he did so well last season.
What do you think?