Newcastle star Papiss Cisse has promised/threatened that he won’t be going anywhere this summer.
Turning 31 in a week’s time, the United striker says ‘I have a year left on my contract and I will stay put’.
In desperation Rafa Benitez was forced to play Papiss Cisse in the relegation run-in, with the Manager feeling he couldn’t trust/rely on Aleksandar Mitrovic.
However, with the exception of the goal at Liverpool, the Senegalese striker rarely looked like threatening the opposition goal.
Whilst he appeared to be working hard enough in those late games, the reality is that Papiss Cisse scored only three goals in 21 appearances this season.
Scoring 13 (almost all spectacular) goals in only 13 starts (plus one as sub) in the second half of 2011/12 seems an awful long time ago and a better reflection of what his current use/value is, is the fact that in the following four years Cisse has only scored a further 24 Premier League goals.
It is inconceivable that Rafa Benitez will see Papiss Cisse as the right player to rely on primarily for goals in Championship and the striker must be a priority to get out of the club, having somebody on his wages sitting on the bench isn’t acceptable.
With no chance of extending his contract at Newcastle, it must be a priority to move Cisse on and bring in a replacement who is the right fit for the 46 game challenge to face next season.
No doubt Mike Ashley will have to bend to get Papiss Cisse out of the club and whilst the £5m speculated value for the striker is pie in the sky, somebody somewhere will no doubt take a risk on him for a couple of million.
Papiss Cisse speaking to The Sun:
“We’re not a small team, I have a year left on my contract and I will stay put.
“Newcastle are a big club and can rise again overnight. All the players know this and we will take the club back up.”