Papiss Cisse kind of sums up this season for Newcastle and indeed maybe the last two or three years.
It was the Senegalese striker who scored the first goal of United’s season, despite a pretty desperate personal display against Southampton.
Then after an even worse display against Swansea he was dropped to make way for Aleksandar Mitrovic, only for Papiss Cisse to end up back in the team solely because there were no other alternatives after Mitrovic got the red card v Arsenal.
Two more shocking displays against Watford and West Ham, then dropped again to make way for the Serbian to play against Chelsea.
Only for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s form to crumble then by the game/minute and once again Papiss Cisse eventually thrown in against Palace on desperation.
He actually did a little better and scored a smart goal, then followed that up with a half-decent shift against Liverpool.
This season’s chaos for Papiss Cisse has followed two or three years of the same, with random form punctuated by occasional goalscoring spurts and to a backdrop of indiscipline on the pitch last season, as well as making the front pages with his personal life.
Whilst all of that time the acceptance amongst many/most supporters is that the club have been happy to sell him that whole time, only for no suitable offer to come in and Papiss Cisse & Newcastle United to stumble along together….
Despite all of this, Papiss Cisse often puts such a positive spin on things with his quotes that you temporarily forget what usually happens when he (and his teammates) get on the pitch.
Ahead of Tottenham, Cisse has talked about how everybody (manager, staff, players) are all working together as a real team and that he has confidence in his teammates every match.
The striker says that all the players had to win their ‘duels’ against Liverpool, if they do the same against tottenham then a few more of us will start to believe that we have a cohesive team on and off the pitch at Newcastle United.
“I have confidence in my teammates every game, I work with these people every single day and I know what we can do.
“I believe in my team…the manager, the staff and the players are working as a team.
“It is like a team, everyone working together to help each other.
“We were very happy with the three points, all the players and the gaffer, spoke together, we needed points.
“Every player had that in their head, we had to win our duels and we did that.
“We have good players, but if you lose every week then your heads go down.
“The gaffer spoke a lot, the players as well, we needed to do something and we worked very hard together and won the game.”