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Cisse Or Gouffran?

8 years ago
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Against Villa we looked the most threatening we have so far this season.

Unlike previous games it was actually a joy to watch as the football was good by both sides, but Newcastle defiantly showed they were the better team.

Our success was due to a good formation, a good starting eleven and good team and individual play. I’m going to focus on the starting eleven. I think it’s fair to say every Newcastle player played relatively well, except for one, Papiss Cisse.

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Rewind back to the 2nd half of the 2011/2012 season and Cisse was one of, if not the, best striker in the premier league with 13 goals in 14 games, now he is but a shadow of the player he was then. He had a pretty disappointing season last year and in these opening games it looks as though his poor form will continue. This leads me to the question, should Cisse be an automatic starter?

We have three striking options; this isn’t meant to be a humorous article so no I am not counting Shola.

Cisse, Remy and Gouffran are our three options up front. I think it is fairly obvious that Remy is first starter but who should partner him?

I have been impressed with Gouffran since we got him. I’ll admit he doesn’t look like a prolific stiker but he certainly looks like he can grab a few goals. He’s very fast and at times can produce a good bit of skill and unlike the Cisse we’ve seen in the past 12 months, seems to get into good scoring positions that are not offside. He might not score every chance he gets but at least he gets and creates chances, more than I can say for Cisse at the moment.

In the first four games of this season the only real threat Cisse posed was his header against West Ham. Our main striker; four games, one header.

I think other teams, and us the fans, no longer see Cisse as a goalscoring threat and I know that I personally would feel that we’d have a greater threat on goal if Gouffran was started up forward with Remy.

Newcastle have the potential to be a great team with ten of the players who started against Aston Villa, plus a striker in form.

It just comes down to which striker that should be.

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