Cisse Newcastle Dilemma – Assistance, Ability, Attitude
The Papiss Cisse Files – Trying to understand what has happened to our Senegalese hitman – the Cisse Newcastle United dilemma.
There’s an advantage to having a wife that doesn’t bleed black and white, she asks questions as an ‘outsider’ and there’s a certain level headedness about what she thinks and says.
The question I will attempt to tackle in this article is one she has asked every Saturday since August, what has happened to Papiss Cisse this season?
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Assistance: Has Cisse been given less opportunities to score this season than in previous seasons?
The simple answer to this has to be no. Anyone that witnessed the matches against Fulham, Aston Villa and Cardiff will tell you that he should have had at least one goal in each of these matches, in previous seasons he would have got on the score sheet. You can add to this argument the fact that Remy’s goal per game ratio this season is fantastic, so the rest of the team must be creating some form of chances for our forward line.
Ability: Is it possible for a player to lose all of his striking ability over the summer?
In his first season on Tyneside he was scoring goals; left foot, right foot, header. You name it; he was able to do it. Papiss was giving the fans exactly what is expected of someone wearing the famous black and white number 9 shirt. But you’re kidding no one if you say it is possible to lose all of this ability in a very short period of time. If he has then Pardew’s training sessions must really be something special…
Attitude: Has Cisse’s attitude changed, for better or worse?
This is where I believe the problem lies and his attitude certainly hasn’t changed for the better. Something has changed mentally and Cisse gives off the impression that he really doesn’t want to be part of the Newcastle United set-up anymore (There is more to it than just having the W***a branding on your shirt). It’s understandable that he may be low on confidence after not scoring a league goal for so long, but by wandering around aimlessly and looking like you don’t care, sooner or later even your No. 1 fan will stop believing in you.
I feel now is the crunch time, several weeks before the January transfer window opens. If he wants to stay, then fine, but he needs to start applying himself and increase the amount of effort he’s putting in. You can forgive a player for loss of form, all I want is to see whoever pulls on the shirt to give 100%. Should he no longer wish to play for the Toon then he is going about it the wrong way. He’s not going to attract any clubs with his current, non-existent strike rate. On current form I think we’d be lucky to give him away!
I’d love for Papiss to make a mockery of this article by scoring a hat-trick against the Baggies on Saturday (even one goal would be much appreciated) and for us to be fighting to retain his services in January, but that fight, I’m afraid, is looking highly unlikely. That accolade belongs to Monsieur Remy and where Loic will be playing in February is a mystery to all.
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