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Newcastle United – A Tale Of Two Strikers

6 years ago
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The Swansea match told us so much about our team and in particular, two Newcastle players.

The match overall tells us that Swansea are miles ahead of us now in both terms of players and tactics.

They dominated both possession and chances, with some lovely team football at times, plus some exciting individual moments, especially from Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge on the wings.

Newcastle somehow conjured up a point thanks to two moments of instinctive brilliance, which brings me to those two United players.

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Papiss Cisse is what he is, an instinctive striker who needs to be as close to the goal as possible and when the mood takes him he is capable of being a scorer of great goals, as well as a great goalscorer in terms of quantity.

Sometimes he might choose the wrong option time after time but when he is on fire he can be as good as anybody around, obviously he isn’t on fire as much as we’d like and if he was, then he wouldn’t be playing for us – just like Ba, Cabaye, Debuchy etc.

Naturally it was a nonsense when Alan Pardew stuck him out on the wing, or played Shola ahead of him. Yesterday’s two goals tell us all that and a lot more.

Look at the first goal against Swansea (watch it [intlink id=”48429″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink]), a pretty average cross from Obertan saw Papiss show determination to get to the ball first and then somehow divert it past the keeper for an outstanding finish. No time to think, he is in the moment and BANG, back of the net. I honestly don’t think there are many strikers anywhere who could have scored that.

Swansea retake control, score an excellent goal of their own and it looks game over again.

Out of nothing Sammy Ameobi beats his man and glides a cross into the box, whether he meant the quality of the cross or not is unknown, but it perfectly passes etween two defenders and Cisse is left with the seemingly simple task of knocking it past the keeper (watch that second goal [intlink id=”48434″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink]).

Rewind and you will see a beautifully timed run from Papiss Cisse, gambling on the ball being delivered into the right place, a real rarity for so long!

He gambles and makes the perfect run, the perfect ball delivered and the finish is harder than you first think as he has to change his body shape to put it away.

Which brings me to Emmanuel Riviere.

It is with no malice that I say Riviere would never have scored those two goals, he is what he is, and what he isn’t is an instinctive striker capable of moments of brilliance.

Sadly he is a very average journeyman forward who runs about a bit and has no real edge, certainly the kind of edge you need as a striker in the Premier League.

He would never ever have scored that first goal against Swansea if in the same position, while for the second I don’t think he would have even gambled on making the run, never mind executing the timing of it to perfection.

This is where we are at, in Papiss Cisse we have one striker who is capable of real quality and when he is hot he is very hot, but when he’s not he’s…not.

Let us hope Cisse can stay fit and hot, for without him we don’t look like we have another goalscorer in the team.

Such are the fine margins (as Alan Pardew might say…) that our Premier League survival depends on.

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