There’s one coming along every 66 minutes for Newcastle United
The one player who most parallels Newcastle United’s rollercoaster season so far, is surely Papiss Cisse.
Ongoing injury problems just like the squad as a whole but when it comes to the statistics then the United striker’s season runs even closer to Newcastle’s fortunes so far.
Before last weekend Alan Pardew talked about Papiss Cisse having scored five goals from only eight chances, I make that now seven out of ten after Chelsea, if the Newcastle manager had counted up correctly.
The possession stats have regularly showed two to one in favour of the opposition in matches such as the wins over Manchester City and Spurs, Chelsea was more of the same.
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Yet with far less of the ball and far fewer shots, United and Cisse have been making it count.
Incredibly, when you look at Papiss Cisse’s performances more closely, it gets even better.
The Newcastle striker has only completed two full Premier League matches so far this season.
Altogether Cisse has played a part in nine league games but only four of those in the starting 11.
When it comes to minutes per goal then it all gets really crazy.
Papiss Cisse has scored 7 goals in 462 minutes of Premier League action, working out at exactly 66 minutes per goal, or one and a half roughly per full match/90 minutes of action.
Whilst I don’t want to be puncturing Alan Pardew’s balloon in the afterglow of the Chelsea win, you do have to wonder exactly what was going on when Pardew had Papiss Cisse regularly playing as a defensive midfielder on the right, covering his full-back instead of scoring goals.
Even more bizarrely you even had Shola Ameobi preferred to Cisse at times!
The Senegal hitman has to play in only one place and that is being the closest United player to the opposition goal, end of story.
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