Shots & Giggles: Where did it go wrong for Papiss Cisse?

Papiss Cisse
Papiss Cisse

That home debut goal against Villa, the brace at Stamford Bridge, the Senegalese partnership and the scenes as Papiss Cisse netted the injury time winner against Fulham, those were all canny, but where did it all go wrong?

It came as a massive surprise when Cisse arrived on Tyneside and hit the ground running, scoring for fun in his debut season.

Now those goalscoring days seem long gone as the Senegalese striker struggles to find the back of the net, but who is to blame for the current goal drought?

Let’s be honest, Papiss was never really part of Steve McClaren’s plans for this season and many of us were amazed that he remained a Newcastle player despite being our top goalscorer last season.

It’s clear for us all to see that with the formation that McClaren is persisting with is made for a strong target man like new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic, but that’s essentially where the problem lies as the Serbian watches from the stands.

Since Mitrovic received the early red card against Arsenal, Cisse has been used as the lone striker; a position that we know doesn’t flatter the forward, but as fans, we still seem to blame the striker rather that the formation and set up in question.

How can it be solved though? McClaren has three options:

1. Change the formation and play Cisse alongside another striker.

2. Pray to the powers that be that Mitrovic has learnt his lesson during his suspension and finds his form on his return.

3. Apply for a Wonga loan and use the funds to build a time machine, go back to August and buy Charlie Austin.

Joking aside though, in last week’s blog I suggested that we all shouldn’t panic just yet and let’s see what Saturday brings.

Well Saturday brought us a poor afternoon. So someone hit that panic button for me.

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