Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has today said he would like to stay at Newcastle for next season in the Championship – and help Newcastle get straight back to the Premier League.
Papiss turns 31 early next month and he had a poor season last term, scoring only 3 goals in 21 appearances, although he did play well after Rafa Benitez arrived at the club in early March.
Rafa Benitez talks to Papiss Cisse during Sunderland game
This is what Papiss Cisse has said in The Sun today:
“We’re not a small team, I have a year left on my contract and I will stay put.”
“Newcastle are a big club and can rise again overnight. All the players know this and we will take the club back up.”
After the Liverpool game – when he scored early in the second half to start our comeback from two goals down, he showed his admiration for Rafa by saying the following:
“If Rafa Benitez asked us to run through a brick wall for him we would do it.”
So Papiss is just one of the players who were immensely impressed with the new Newcastle manager.
Newcastle are likely to bring in at least one good striker this summer and the man we have been heavily linked with is Fulham’s 29 year-old prolific Scottish striker Ross McCormack.
While Rafa will want the biggest squad Newcastle have ever had under Mike Ashley for the upcoming 46 game season, it’s a good question as to whether he will keep Papiss in the ranks, if Ross and maybe another striker comes in.
Both Tiote and Cisse were reinvigorated players under Rafa Benitez – and it proved they were hardly bad eggs as was reported earlier in the season.
But of the two players we think Benitez is much more likely to want to keep Cheick at the club – and play the experienced midfielder in one of those defensive midfielder positions.
It’s going to be a bit of a balancing act as to which players Rafa brings in and which players he will then allow to leave the club.
Rafa has been assured by owner Mike Ashley he can keep the players he wants to keep at the club – and he will also be given £20M in cash to spend this summer and he can use any fees we get from players transferred out, to bring new players in.
We could have a really strong squad for next season and at the very least we need to strengthen the defense and get one or two new strikers in.
So it could be difficult to keep Papiss at the club – and we could likely sell him for £5M.
What do you think?