Is This The Striker Who Can Save Newcastle?

Some good news today that Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has declared himself fit after being out on the sidelines after he injured his groin in the first half of the 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa on December 19th.

So that’s almost two months the Senegal striker has been out on the sidelines and it’s good to see him back, because maybe it’s Papiss Cisse who can get the goals for us and keep us in the Premier League.


Papiss Cisse – fit again after two months out

Papiss has scored two goals for us in 10 appearances  this term, but last season he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances and Papiss is a natural goalscorer who is available to Newcastle again.

This is what he has said in the Mirror:

“The past two months have been frustrating. Now I’m back to Newcastle to resume training. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,”

 “I feel fit, sharp and very focused. I can’t wait to get back playing again as quickly as possible. I’m in good shape.”

Papiss will travel with the Newcastle squad to La Manga in southern Spain for a week of warm weather training and will prepare for two important upcoming games at Stoke on March 2nd and at home to Bournemouth three days later.

We will need at least 4 points from this games and those results will likely determine whether Steve McClaren keeps his job at Newcastle.

If we lose at Stoke  then it’s likely that Steve will be fired after leading Newcastle to their worst season ever in the Premier League.

Here’s are current record this season and we are back in  3rd bottom place.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

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76 comments so far

  • Take A Chancel On Me

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #1

    We can only hope

  • Sliema

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Bit of a daft question. Some fans of our club and others will say we are impatient but for me we hired the wrong guy, simple as that. I’ll be patient when we finally hire somebody successful.

  • Graeme

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    With our jinx in place, he’ll train for 4 days, be very impressive.
    He’ll start the friendly, last 35 minutes and break down, followed by Saylor and Collo – he’s due a jolly back in Argentina!!

  • Sliema

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Pel-le-gri-ni!!! is who we need.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    We are forever hopeful. Hoping for better and always being let down. Cisse might be focused but he still gets offside way too often and doesn’t work hard enough. It would be interesting to pair up Cisse with Doumbia up top tbh. But time is running out fast to save ourselves and we have to find the winning formula pronto!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Shall we have a sweep-stake on how many successful passes there are between Cisse and Doumbia by the end of the season?

  • Graeme

    Feb 15, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Doumbia used to be an absolutely Class Act – in days gone by. It’s difficult to see what he will bring to the party, given he hasn’t played in many months.
    He needs to train hard, regain his fitness – by the time he does that he could be crocked and out of action for 3 months. He’ll be a great match for the rest of our squad in that case!!!

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #8

    graeme from last thread exactly but i keep seeing mouriniho and benitez brought up even someone saying that he thinks jose is defo coming lol
    where is the evidence first of that he will be sacked and 2nd that we will get better?
    but lets get the manager out banners again becuase he is the only reason we are in this position!??

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #9

    on topic when i seen this advertised by there club or country or media or indeed foreigners! they said it would be shown on certain tv but i seen in the chronicle it was a behind closed doors game so which is it?
    would like to see it tbh anyone know?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Perhaps Cisse could be given a try out at left back.

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #11

    i was here over a year ago saying the same thing
    and getting abuse from the likes of catchy and rotunda
    and more!
    do you still think its all the managers fault or the circumstances there in!?

  • JeffreyLewis64

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #12

    We need Cisse, at least he knows how to score!

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #13

    lol essex i’ve heard carver was a LB lets take him back

  • Jeffrey

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Doumbia looks so unfit

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #15


    Wasn’t he the best left back we ever had?

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed’s almost convinced that McClaren’ll be sacked if we lose at Stoke. Evidence (Pardew and Carver) suggests that won’t happen.

    Even if it did, who are the clowns going to appoint? Who, apart from Rednapp and Pearson has a reputation for turning a disastrous run around? It’s a pity Pardew wasn’t available cos he seems to do well in his first dozen or so games at a club. (said with a degree of sarcasm).

    However, I think that Charnley, with Ashley’s blessing – either real or implied – will stick with McClaren.

    Why? Because he sits nicely with their plans – not too much ambition but enough to scrape past relegation each season. Maybe was too ambitious for them. Maybe he really wanted to win games but without the players he felt hr needed (defence and a good striker) felt he couldn’t continue at the Club.

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #17

    * Whoops. I meant to say that maybe Pardew was too ambitious (not McCl).

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Thought I’d throw a pebble into the Pardew debate pond!

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #19


    Have a look at recent posts – I think Ed suggested where the friendly could be picked up. Or you could email Ed and ask him?

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #20

    lesh well its not a pardew debate its a fact that the manager isn’t to blame!! and especially for everything
    or have you totally missed my point for many fuskin years!!!??
    the bigger set up IS TO BLAME!!

  • manxpie

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #21

    in contrast lol thanks lesh but he said the same as the chronicle
    #so thats why i asked

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Still see there are a few scumbags visitting the blog. Ed’s work is still not done.
    Certainly a better blog when there were no scumbags around to cause trouble.

    I feel obliged to post the following:-
    Boohooo, boohoooo – I’m fwightened of those howible insects -are there any womens skirts I can hide behind.
    Booohoooo, booohoooo. What a tart.

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #23


    That was my point – that it was and continues to be that the Ashley plan is to do as much as he can to avoid success on the field. The mangers cum HC are but pawns in his game – tools to help him do just that. The key players supprting Ashley’s aim are Charnley and Carr. Moncur is but an naive bystander.

    That though is part of life’s pageant.

  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Mr Tuff

    But if there were no ‘scumbags’ logging in, who would you be able to argue with? Yourself?

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 16, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #25

    The picture and title of the thread don’t Match. Sort it our ed lad

  • Santon03

    Feb 16, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #26

    everytime I watch football discussions on tv, they all saying the same thing about teams in bad form that “it’s a good time to play Newcastle to end their bad runs”. Our status has become so lame, this football club has become a pinata in epl.
    It got me angry all the time hoping the team will prove them wrong but it just got me angrier when they played like that, well to be fair sometimes the team proved them wrong like against spurs and liverpool but just that 2 times in a whole season.

    I really really don’t understand how this team set to play, they know they are in danger of relegation, right? when they conceded the 2nd goal against any team, they just gave up and then saying “let’s forget it and concentrate next game” like WTF!! Don’t forget it, never forget it, you should remember it so you don’t make the same mistake and put a pressure on yourself to win.
    Once you forget it, it will happen the next match and next after, again and again.

  • Santon03

    Feb 16, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think SM can handle this kind of situation, we will be extremely lucky to getaway but unfortunately we are not that lucky.

  • Santon03

    Feb 16, 2016 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #28

    next 2 games if we are still in relegation zone, SM should / must be replaced.

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Feb 16, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #29


  • John Akomfrah

    Feb 16, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #30

    2 games ….too late then

  • John Akomfrah

    Feb 16, 2016 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #31

    The cry will be “we will roll with who we’ve got”

    but we wont be told diddly

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #32

    Morning jesper

    That Spanish man has been described as “el funcionario fantasma”!

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #33

    I tell what’s great tactics: Getting your back four and defensive mid to pass the ball between them for as long as possible not going forward; then get a CB who is known not to be very technically adept to initiate attacks by pretending to be Beckenbauer.

    It was crazy, Chelsea simply let us have the ball until someone misplaced a pass/ failed to control the ball and then counter. But Shteve still had them doing the same thing over and over with Chelsea’s trap working easily.

    Then at half time swap our best player this season for Colback to simply limit the score a little- that move is partly for his own reputation to not be hammered by a record score.

    I felt sorry for Mitrovic- he got nothing at all. Andros Townsend is exactly as expected: incredibly inconsistent and often frustrating but can score the odd great goal. Aarons is not, and never will be, a LB! Why on earth did we not get a LB and CB in January? They were the most desperately needed positions!

    And they let Thauvin go back on loan, just like Cabella!!! This club is unbelievable sometimes!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #34


    Manx…I have never heard the likes of Catchy or Rotunda saying it’s all the managers fault, if that’s what you are implying?

    Within this horrible setup I have them among others discuss the different culprits. Some discuss what they think they can change and what will have and impact others are more concern about the overall problem which seem more or less impossible to change (ad least we are not doing it)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #35

    *heard them

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Morning Ron…you read my post yesterday it seems 😉

    I thought that was a funny story, and then Jeff shows up telling stories of him being in Spain lol

  • G

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Jeff, in Spain? The Oracle?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #38

    hyvää huomenta jüspar,
    There are a whole lot of factors to blame for this mess and the writing has been on the wall for a few seasons now, deliberatey aiming for mid table with mid table/lower league managers is a huge one.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #39

    New manager mid season – NO
    If we sack McClaren – Our management would take at least a month to get someone and that person would probably be stop gap – keep us up
    is that what we want.
    If we are going to change manager I would do it at the end of the season if we stay up or go down.
    Pay the price for a decent Manager or a hungry young manager with modern ideas like what Boro did with Karanka and let that person pick the players he wants and not Carr picking the players he wants, because he has made a right cock-up in France
    ie his latest – we get Saivet, mackems get Khazri,

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #40

    Jeff in Spain, he must have been on the vino and conveniently forgot logging on as Juan.


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