First game of the season in front of the home fans and your centre-forward, Papiss Cisse, scores one of the two Newcastle goals.

Two goals that should have given United victory if it hadn’t been for yet more weak defending.

Despite this, there are plenty people out there who would drop Papiss Cisse today and put in Aleksandar Mitrovic (Check out HERE the Newcastle team picked by fans for today).

So what more can Papiss Cisse do to justify his place in the team?

Surely we now by now what he is – an unorthodox striker whose overall play can be erratic but a forward who scores goals, from the spectacular to the chesting the ball in form only inches out.

As Papiss Cisse himself has said, he ‘needed to be in there’:

“People say it’s easy, but I always say ‘I need to be in there’.

“It’s easy but it is a goal. I’m a striker and I need to be in the right place every time – this time I had a chance to be in the right place and I am happy.”

Showing Steve McClaren what I can do:

“Having other strikers makes me work harder as I know there are two players behind me who want to play.

“Only hard work shows the gaffer (Steve McClaren) what I can do, I want to show him that I want to play and I want to score the goals to help this team get the wins.”

Anybody could have scored that Cisse goal against Southampton, IF they were in the right place at the right time.

Surely we have all seen far too many Newcastle strikers who have consistently managed to be in the wrong place, to see the benefits of a striker who has that natural ability….?

Only last season Emmanuel Riviere came in and it took him until the very final away match to manage to score a Premier League goal, even that was a total fluke as he totally miss-hit his shot and it deflected off his standing foot and bamboozled the QPR keeper.

It would be especially ironic if for some bizarre reason McClaren did leave Papiss Cisse out today, seen as in four Premier League visits by Newcastle the Senegal striker is the only one who has scored away at Swansea.

Not only is he the only one to score but he has actually scored four brilliant goals at Swansea, two superb goals for the win in 2012 and the two cracking goals that saved United from defeat last season.

You don’t drop strikers who are scoring goals but eventually you have to look at defenders if they keep conceding goals like those against Southampton…


Cisse to score 1st goal v Swansea 8/1Cisse to score 2 or more goals 14/1Cisse to score AND NUFC win 11/2

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