Papiss Cisse along with Cheick Tiote have already taken a lot of criticism this season for supposedly being bad apples in the Newcastle dressing team but according to manager Steve McClaren nothing could be further from the truth.
And comments from striker Papiss Cisse suggest he is not a problem at all and simply want to play well and score goals for Newcastle – and it looks like we need his goals this season.
Last season Papiss wasn’t 100% fit with that bed knee of his, but that didn’t stop him from scoring 11 Premier League goals in 22 games and this season he has a couple of goals in 10 appearances.
Papiss Cisse – seems upbeat
The 30-year-old has given a long interview and he seems to be upbeat about things at the moment:
“I try to do my job every minute they give me.” “I have to play well every time.” “It’s not easy sometimes, but I have to keep my head up and take my chances and show something for the gaffer and the players as well.”
“The players believe in me, and the gaffer as well.” “Sometimes I get five minutes, but the gaffer is giving me 80 or 90 minutes, and I’m happy.”
“I’m very happy,” “I know myself, if I work hard, I can show something good.” “If I get the ball, I can score goals.” It’s not easy sometimes, but I keep going. I’m happy and I smile every time.”
“The important thing was the three points.” “Heads were down after the game we lost against Crystal Palace.” “We had to keep our heads up and to do something and to show something.”
“We have good players, but if you lose every week, your heads go down.” “The gaffer spoke a lot, and the players as well. We spoke face to face. We needed to do something.” “We worked very hard together and won the game.”
“We were very happy. All the players did everything together.” “We were very happy with the three points.” “It’s hard to get three points in this league. All the players, and the gaffer, spoke together. We needed points.”
“Every player had that in their head. We had to win our duels, and we did that.”
We did really well last week to defeat Liverpool 2-0 and it was the highlight of the season so far and was our second win in four games.
But in the other games we conceded eight goals and lost 3-0 to Leicester at home and 5-1 at Crystal Palace, so we don’t know which team will turn up this afternoon at White Hart Lane.
But we must become more consistent and wins are important if we are to move away from the relegation zone, where we are at the moment in 3rd bottom place.
We are hoping for at least a draw today and expect Papiss Cisse to start up front with Siem de Jong in an unchanged side.
What do you think?