There´s a report in the Mirror today that Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse is a target of a number of Chinese clubs and his good form in the Newcastle run-in to the season will be helping a lot to showcase his talents.
Papiss seems dedicated to the Newcastle cause along with Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote – and both could depart this summer and ply their trade in China.
Cheick was close to a move in January but it didn´t come off and now he is also playing very well for the Newcastle first team and Rafa Benitez has ben able to quickly get the best out of the two Newcastle veterans.
Papiss Cisse – interest from China
The report is that clubs are willing to offer £6M for the Senegal striker and that much for a 30 year-old could be attractive to Newcastle.
But it will depend on a few things whether Newcastle will let Papiss leave in the summer.
If Rafa Benitez is still at the club he may want both Papiss and Cheick to stay on for the last year of their contracts to provide some experience and continuity to the side.
If we are relegated and Rafa leaves us then they could also provide some real skill and experience down below in the Championship and help us come straight back up into the Premier League next May.
So it really depends on what happens in our last two games of the season whether Newcastle will allow Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote to leave the club.
If Rafa is here it will be his decision and if it´s not Rafa then whoever is the new manager should decide what happens to the two of them.
It cannot be left to Chief Scout Graham Carr or Managing Director Lee Charnley.
It´s their poor decision making (or the absence of tough decisions when they have been needed) that has caused much of the mess the club is in at the moment.
What do you think?