I penned this article and soon after noticed that Aussie did a really good write up on this just last month. But I thought it’s an issue worth raising again as it’s an obvious concern….
Papiss Cisse took The Premier League by storm when he arrived from Freiburg in January last year. The striker proved a snip at £10 million, his form was irresistible and the lad just couldn’t stop scoring in his debut season on Tyneside.
Papiss opened his goal scoring account on first appearance for the club- an absolute screamer against Aston Villa which won Newcastle the match. Cisse didn’t stop there, he continued to net on a regular basis and bagged an impressive 13 league goals in just 14 appearances which included braces against Liverpool, Swansea and Chelsea. The two he bagged against Chelsea were both world class finishes that will live in the memory of every Newcastle fan for some time.
As Papiss enjoyed the success it had a negative affect on Senegal team mate Demba Ba, who saw his goals dry up as a consequence of Cisse being played through the middle. Demba was forced to play in a rather alien wide position to compensate for Cisse’s selection. The two were unable to click together for Club and they just couldn’t find goal scoring form at the same time, although I think it’s fair to point out Ba worked very hard during that time.
When Ba was sold to Chelsea in the new year it gave Papiss the opportunity to become the main man at Newcastle, the main source of goals, the undisputed number nine. It is fair to say that the striker has found it difficult to repeat his heroics from his first season and has been unable to put the ball in the back of the net as often as he maybe should.
The 28 year old looks lost, short of confidence and just a shadow of the player we signed for a rather sizable fee. Papiss is yet to score a league goal this season with a solitary League cup goal against Leeds being the only time his name has made the score sheet. Even last season the player looked a little out of sorts, he was able to score the spectacular but struggle with the basics.
The striker has struggled to get in the starting line up in the last few weeks with Hatem Ben Arfa and more recently Shola Ameobi being preferred through the middle. When Papiss has been making cameos he hasn’t fared much better in truth, he certainly wouldn’t of been watching the highlights of the Man City game. The question I suppose is was it right to drop Papiss in the first place? It’s clearly knocked the lads confidence but a reasonable argument would be the player simply hasn’t been playing anywhere near well enough.
Papiss Demba Cisse was one of the most feared strikers in the league, likened by some to the great Andy Cole. His form seemingly took a bit of a dip ( like everyone’s does at some point ) and has continued to drop. There are valid arguments for Papiss though, the whole Wonga sponsorship fall out could be a factor. Maybe the player had a bust up with the Hierarchy over the whole affair and the damage has never been repaired. It’s also worth pointing out that Cisse saw ample amounts of goals chalked off him last season- some incorrectly. What would that do for your confidence?
I think it’s sad to see any player fall into decline, especially a player that offered so much excitement when he first arrived at the club. We have all seen what the lad can do and what he can produce when on song, can he rediscover his fine form that had us all purring or was he simply a one season wonder? Maybe I have been a bit harsh on Cisse, I am a fan but there is no denying he has been struggling for form. What do you think?