The curious case of Papiss Demba Cisse

Cisse looking a bit fed up.
Cisse looking a bit fed up.
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?

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85 thoughts on “The curious case of Papiss Demba Cisse

  1. Is it that simple KK mate? Do we have the exclusive right to sign Remy after the loan season? I’m not sure anybody really knows for certain. Do you have any links, info etc?


  2. @geordietwo – 76..

    Sorry, no links. It’s not something i’ve heard.

    It’s what i think is the normal thing for any business to do.

    Surely we should have made sure we were in complete control?

    I hope so otherwise it means somebody screwed up & didn’t cover all the angles.


  3. Aye that’s what I’m worried about with Kinnear KK mate. There is still the rumour flying around that Kinnear scouted Fergie at the Birmingham game, not knowing he was already our player. It seems to have surfaced again. Doesn’t fill me with confidence.


  4. We’ve scored 14 goals in the league so far:

    4 wonder goals (Cabaye x 2, Ben Arfa & Remy)

    2 set piece goals (Cabaye delivery, Dummet & Gouffran the scorers)

    4 mishit & rebound goals (Remy x 3 & Gouffran)

    4 Normal goals (Remy x 2, Ben Arfa & Debuchy)


  5. You’re right G2.

    Kinnear’s job is almost an admin/paperwork type job. Presenting budgets & calculating which players to sell & buy.

    It’s not something he has any real experience in at all.

    I imagine an unknown guy from a finance company could do a better job.


  6. Those are worrying stats KK mate. Only 4 normal goals from 14. Most teams will get the odd wonder goal and the odd bit of scoring from tap-ins etc but actual team goals from good buildup do seem rare for us.


  7. OK then, so its Pardews fault that Cisse can’t shoot straight.
    He cant get the team to play a style that suits Cisse.
    Pardew out.
    Cisse for captain .
    or not.


  8. Certainly for me Ben Arfa hasn’t really progressed into a good all-round player. And if we can’t bring him along how can we bring along a player like Vuckic properly?


  9. I think it unlikely Cisse will improve his technique at his age but Pards must have a role to play in how he is used in the team surely mates?


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