Papiss Cisse is second choice this season to top man Aleksandar Mitrovic up front, but he did get a run out in the last game at Bournemouth when he came on for Mitrovic after 63 minutes and played fairly well in the surprising 1-0 win.
Paul Simpson has tried to tell Papiss Cisse that he still has a role to play at Newcastle, but it has to be difficult for the Senegal striker that he´s been on the bench so much this season.
Papiss Cisse – still has a part to play this season?
We were hoping he could be used as an impact sub as he was deployed so successfully last season by Alan Pardew, as he was still recovering from his knee injury – but that hasn´t happened for whatever reason.
Paul Simpson talked about Cisse on BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport:
“It’s funny because there’s been games where you could question his level of performance – I totally agree with that – but he’s the type of footballer who I think, when he gets his opportunity, works his socks off.”
“At Bournemouth I thought he was excellent when he came on, I really did. When he came on he actually made a difference to us.”
“It’s just been the way that games have gone that we’ve chosen not to involve him but Papiss has still got a part to play – there’s no doubt about that in our mind.”
“We still see Papiss as having a part to play for us. We looked at his goal-scoring record from last season and that was excellent.”
“Now unfortunately he hasn’t had the game time – he got the goal in the first game of the season which was, in all fairness I could have probably scored that from about half-a-yard-out.”
“Maybe I might not have got there, but Papiss got there – he’s got a goal-scoring instinct and his opportunity will come.”
Newcastle are expected to sign a striker in the January transfer window and we hope we do that and don´t get cold feet about spending more money in the upcoming transfer market.
Newcastle have only scored 13 goals in 12 league games and six of those were in one game and we´ve conceded 22 goals – so that tells us we need a top striker and a top defender (at least) brought in over the January transfer window.
If a top striker does come in then Papiss will fall further down the pecking order, so he could leave in January or more likely he will be sold in the summer when his current contract at Newcastle will still have one year to run.