The importance of Papiss Cisse to Newcastle, especially for this season, was reinforced yet again last night at Selhurst Park.
The Senegal striker scored his tenth goal of the season and looked back to his best, both with his cracking finish (watch it HERE) and his all round play.
Remarkably, the Newcastle forward is still way ahead of all of his Premier League rivals in terms of minutes per goal scored this season.
Despite players such as Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Harry Kane having far more creative players than Newcastle have, carving out chances for them match after match.
The following are the eight leading Premier League scorers this season, with minutes per goal preceding the player’s name and then number of PL goals scored so far this season in brackets;
74 Papiss Cisse (10)
88 Sergio Aguero (16)
94 Diego Costa (17)
110 Harry Kane (13)
147 Charlie Austin (13)
152 Alexis Sanchez (12)
190 Saido Berahino (10)
190 Robin Van Persie (10)