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Papiss Cisse Offers Good News To Newcastle Fans

Papiss Cisse saved Newcastle on Saturday at Swansea, much like he did against Hull City at home, when he came on with 20 minutes to go and managed to score two good goals to get Newcastle a point.

papiss cisse scores first goal

Papiss Cisse somehow scores first goal – from a tight angle

Papiss started for Newcastle for the first time on Saturday, and he showed his goal scoring prowess with two opportunist goals, but the good news for Newcastle fans is that he says he is not back to his best yet.

Papiss had a poor season last term, mainly because Loic Remy was the number one striker at the club. but he’s now gone to Chelsea and finding it hard to get a game.

But Papiss is enjoying things at Newcastle – but he says he’s not yet back at his best – even with 4 goals in three appearances so far this season.

This is what Papiss said after the game on Saturday:

“I’m not on fire,”  “I am not back to my best.”  “I’m just working hard at the moment. I got an opportunity and I scored. I’m just doing my job, I’m happy.”

“My knee is strong now. I feel nothing. Sometimes I have to be careful with it, but I don’t have a reaction to the injury and it feels good.”

“This is not three points but it is one point – it’s difficult in Swansea so that is good for the team.”

If Papiss can get into the form he was when he first arrived from SC Freiburg 33 months ago,  when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle wearing the famous number 9 shirt, he could still save Newcastle this season.

Well at least until January, when we must get new strikers in to help share the load with Papiss.

And it could be that players like Manu Riviere, Facundo Ferreyra and Rolando Aarons could come through by then and have scored some goals for us.

Hope so.

We will also have Siem de Jong back in early January from injury, but our main weakness right now is that players other than Papiss, are finding it very difficult to score goals for Newcastle.

That’s a big concern at the moment.

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51 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m just glad he’s banging them in again. He’s a confidence striker, and he had very little of that last season. Hopefully this season we will see a good number of goals from him.

  • Harley

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Surely the gomis link is made up bull?! Why in earth would we be linked with him for a couple of years then let him go for free but then sign him 6 months later for 7 million???
    Especially when he’s looked awful. He actually did get on as a sub on Saturday and looked terrible.

    Also we can’t rely on sdj as he’s very likely to pick up more injuries. We need at least 2 new attackers in jan.

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    The Gomis link is poor journo’s plucking old stories up again. I do hope the Huffy Post has AP’s iminent sacking accurate though? Occasionally they get one right?

  • Graeme

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Strikers are all well and good if you have a “Back Four” working to keep a clean sheet at our end. Unfortunately we do not and haven’t had for almost 3 years.

    Sort out the back four, bring in TWO good CB”S, ship out Saylor and Collo and build the team from the back. Do not sell M’Biwa in January – with a mobile CB alongside him, he still had huge potential


    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    what’s this huffy post please someone send me the link

  • Wayayman

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Harley @2, that wasn’t Gomis, it was Emnes who got on on Saturday. The commentator got it wrong.

    Anyway, we all know that the squad we have would be good enough to keep us comfortably in this league. Sadly the same can’t be said with the manager. Ashley just has to make that change and we’d all be happy. At least for the short term.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    The headline @NUFCthemag says it all….

    A Win Every 60 Days – What On Earth Are These Newcastle Fans Moaning About




  • catchy in norway

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    EDs at it again

    linking us with every man and his dog,, 🙁

    very very disappointed in pardew, cabella is dropped , rivi is dropped, some say rightly so, but I have a massive problem with it, I can think of 4 players in that team who are not performing, really don’t have the same reason for not performing and still getting a game


    janmaat has been poor for the most part, but just like rivi and cabella , they all new to the league and getting to grips with it

    the 4 above though, no excuses really

    then you come to Sammy, the kid is no super star, but I see him trying to do something, why is it that pardew sees it fit to nock Sammy and cabella , but not a word about Goofy or the others

    this is poor man management, if anyone cant see that there is double stds with him at the helm, is totally blind

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew doing a worse job at #nufc than Ince did at #brfc http://t.co/RGlUESKhzU @mikeashleylies

    Nice one, Alan.

  • Sav

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Good attitude from Cisse. He always backs himself and has great balance and instinct and keeps trying even after the dreadful run last year.

  • cyprus

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    If only AP had these players actually playing as a team, capitalizing on their strengths, then we wouldn’t be picking on our ‘pet hates’. Because, let’s face it, almost none have been spared. This is either extreme bad luck with massive loss of form, or indeed the players are poor. I think it’s neither, it’s the coaching. Personnel has changed, the football is the same… He used to blame HBA for example, now it’s Cabs…

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Cisse has scored at a good ratio wherever he’s been.

    Pardunce plays him on the wing for half a season, then gives him no service. His confidence is drained to new levels. Pardewed.

    No surprise that with being out his Pardewedness wears off somewhat and he goes back to playing his normal game a lot more. How long will it last though?

    He was already frustrated during the game against Swansea, he was flapping his arms at the like of movement around him. Off the cuff clueless football which is the norm.

    Pardew out.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    cyprus // Oct 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    why do you think so many pro are sticking up for pardew ?

    I think they are only making themselves look silly, making a mockery of what a “PRO” knows

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    @Roshan Huffington Post. Google it mate. Story on there saying AP will be sacked today. It’s unlikely to be true, but as I mentioned, occasionally they get on right by accident!

  • cyprus

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Why are so many pros sticking up for him? I really wouldn’t know. Maybe he’s trying, he just can’t. Still, people like Ginola, Lee, Barnes and many others have criticized AP directly.

    I’d love to know what this team does in training. Do they try (and try) set plays until something actually works? Have they identified the team’s strengths and how to take advantage of them? Do they have analysts breaking down other teams? Do they watch how other teams succeed/fail? How intensely do they work after (another) defeat? Are they aware of the phrase ‘pardewed’ and do they wonder if they have been? 🙂

  • Wayayman

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Cyprus @16, what have you been watching? Of course we practise our set plays. How else would we come up with the wonderstroke of hitting a flat cross in for Willo at the far post? Or our amazing corner routines that try to hit, erm… Willo at the far post. Or the free kick routines that send the ball in the general direction of that fella, whassisname, erm, Willo at the far post.

  • Wayayman

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18


  • cyprus

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Was looking at our fixtures in order to identify the 11 wins we’ll need in the next 31 games, in order to survive… November seems the best month, December could be 0 yield! Anyway, they say wait for the symbolic 10 games to make any judgments so I guess we’ll see how many points we’ll have by then…

  • cyprus

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Willo eh. hadn’t spotted that routine 😉

  • mag92

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Only 4 points-7 goals conceded,no league wins against relegation contenders and Pardews still at the club.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    And there we have it – start a rumour, someone misreads HP as Huffington Post, soneone else picks up that and says it is in Huffington Post and it now appears a rag has picked up the story and Ed will post it up on here in a few mins 🙂

    When I said HP I meant HP Sauce i,e, source

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    The only guy to have played for and managed the toon successfully is KK and in that talk in that someone posted the link for KK said he liked AP and pitied him for the constraints under which he operates I think MA now realises this business model is not working I expect some quality journeymen EPL players to be parachuted in over the next window to fill in until the new guys find their feet

  • mag92

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Pardews a total loser any half decent manager would have the side playing better than the shower currently occupying the dugout.

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    @22 ha ha, good one. Can’t get Huff Post from work (for some reason it’s banned). Was reading the response on the last thread. Good stitch though.

  • dazzler

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    According to soccer sauce he was getting binned in September, but that never happened so I wouldn’t go holding my breath. Doesn’t stop me crossing my fingers and toes though.


    I got the reference to HP btw haha.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27


    Point being whatever restraints, KK would have us playing football and trying to won from the off, not containing for 70 mins every single game.

    Swansea gave us a real football lesson but met Krul on a great day and Cisse in his right position when he finally had some support in the last 20 mins.

    Cisse, Tiote, MYM, HBA etc is not exactly working under the constraints of a burnley etc.

  • Mag52

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28


    You’ve hit the nail on the head when you say once Pardew has been sacked ( it’s got to happen sooner or later) we’ll all be happy ” at least for the short term”.
    It could be the very short term if Ashley takes on the sort of manager who, knowing how the club is run, is prepared to take on our dysfunctional outfit. I suppose there are managers out there desperate enough to give it a go.
    A change of manager could also blow apart the theory, so often stated by the ‘anti’ faction, that we have a squad of players just gagging to set the premiership alight if only they had the right manager to work with.
    Dream on.

  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Given the mood of the fans, we’re gonna be peddled more of this ‘target’ crap.

    And, rather than leave the choice of striker specification to Pardew, has anyone ever thought about asking our lead striker, Cisse, just what skills/ qualities he’d like to see in a co-striker? Cisse’d know whereas Pardew, well……
    Let’s hope we’re gonna go for a quality CB too? When will Ashley stop being so bally stubborn and tight and spend money in the summer rather than be fleeced in the winter.

    Ah, that’s not gonna happen is it when Ashley’s goal is to avoid relegation, no more than that.

    For the sake of investing in a decent manager/ coach, a proven DoF and training staff, Ashley continues to court a hostile media and attract near hate from supporters.

    A few million, coppers to him, might give him a good image too

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Cisse, by rights sholdn’t be here anymore, if it wasn’t for is drop in form it was down for him to be moved on by now.

  • geordie157

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Have to admit, I’ve been impressed with west hams sakho. We should have pursued that one.

    Priority is two new centre backs! I want Colo, wilo and Taylor gone by next season.

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    lesh @ 29 “And, rather than leave the choice of striker specification to Pardew, has anyone ever thought about asking our lead striker, Cisse, just what skills/ qualities he’d like to see in a co-striker? Cisse’d know whereas Pardew, well……”

    In principle I would agree with that, but the last time that happened was where Gullit asked Shearer who he wanted as a partner. Shearer demanded Drunken Duncan Fergusson. This was not a succesful signing for us. Not that he wasn’t a decent player, just not playing very often perma-crock. Besides, his heart was really still in an Everton shirt as the move back proved.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Janmaat has a pulled hamstring so has been left out of the Holland squad.

  • c-dog

    Oct 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Cisse is a quality player. My worry is if he gets injured it’s back to Riviere who should be a third choice striker at very best in the Premiership. First half season Cisse had he was dynamite. The second Cisse he was deployed more wide as Ba was the in form Striker and rightfully was starting at the peak. Cisse had his run as number 1 striker that year in Europe and played well. Last season he was second choice to Remy and when we went 4-4-2 it was Ameobi who got the nod along side Remy. Now he’s back as the main man and playing the way he’s capable of playing. Cabella, Gouff and Sissoko create nothing going forward. At least Obes and Sammy fire decent balls into the box and with Cisse in there always getting across the front of his man goals will come.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Shearer and Ferguson, holy f@ck, surely in theory at least, the finest, most dreaded pairing ever to lead our line. Compare that to our current amby pamby, popgun attack, Cisse’s somewhat out of character current form notwithstanding.

    Who was fizzing them in for them? Ginola, Robert, Solano, I can’t remember, but Jesus we’ve had some good players.

    Read your history Mike Ashley, and try to recognise what you’ve got.

  • G

    Oct 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    @35, I believe Shearer’s logic at the time was to get a great header of the ball to work with. With the exception of SirLes, Fergusson was possibly the best header of the ball in the land. If only we had kept Ferdinand things could have been so different.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Oct 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Grame

    spot on. Except there is 0 chance MYM comes back. Why would he ever?? pardew blew that one, its over.

    We NEED in order of priority CB, CB, CB, LB,

    I think the criticism on jannmat is too harsh. he will come through. IDEAL lineup for after the break

    Jaanmat, new CB, new CB, New LW(santon/haidra)
    Aarons(sammy), Cabella, SDJ, (Sissoko/obertan)

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Demba Cisse needs any(not ideal assists)to score goal.His problem is speed(too slow)and very bad passes(I saw that from the first time he came here).But there is no ideal striker and we need to use his shoot-goal accuracy.The only players that can feed him with assists REGULARLY not once, are Marveaux,HBA and Obertan.First two are not available.Ameobi Sammy is not a winger.Sissoko already lost his winger position(FINALLY) and assists from Tiote and Gouffran(head) will be quite rare.If Sammy plays off the bench the damage will not be huge.Gouffran out.He can be just striker substitution(he reminds on Sylvain Wiltord).Cabella in ASAP.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Pointless MYM coming back – he’s not actually that good and just isn’t cut out for prem league – even for Roma he’s constantly giving away needless free kicks around the box – we need a new CB not the old crocks we currently have.
    Willo and Collo arenever going to command a game and we look vulnerable every time someone runs at us.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Oct 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #40

    i used to think sissoko had to play a central role but it looks like its too much for him to handle. He ends up all over the place and not doing much. Put him wide and he can narrow his focus to regain form.


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