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Papiss Cisse scores in winning Newcastle return

The striker had been at loggerheads with the club over their Wonga shirt sponsorship, but played in the Magpies’ 2-0 win over St Mirren on Tuesday night.

Newcastle fans will be delighted with the news that their star forward has ended his boycott of the team’s training and playing attire, and has stepped out for the club in a pre-season victory in Scotland.

Cisse, who is a devout Muslim, had initially stated that Newcastle’s sponsorship deal with loan company Wonga went against his religious beliefs and there were concerns over the player’s future at St James’ Park.

However, the African marksman has explained that after consideration he is happy to return to the fold for Alan Pardew’s men.

“I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.

“Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100 per cent on football.

“Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.”

Newcastle made light work of St Mirren in Paisley, with it taking Cisse only 19 minutes to get his name on the scoresheet with a curling effort. Mathieu Debuchy also got hit the back of the net for the victors.

It is no secret that Newcastle are looking to bolster their options up front, but the club will be delighted to have Cisse back on board.

The Wonga row threatened to rob the club of their main goalscoring threat, and the North East side will now look to get Cisse fit and on form ahead of the new campaign.

Newcastle had a disappointing campaign in 2012-13, especially after the heroics of the season prior. One of the main reasons for the Toon’s excellent 2011-12 season was the January acquisition of Cisse, who set the Premier League alight with his goalscoring exploits in the second-half of the term.

Although the Senegal international was not as potent in front of goal last term, scoring only eight goals, he is still a vital player in the club’s plans for progression.

If Pardew can get his main man back confident in front of goal, it makes Newcastle a much more dangerous and unpredicatable outfit. Demba Ba needs to be replaced after being sold to Chelsea, and Cisse needs competition and support to get back to his best.

However, for the time being Newcastle fans can sigh in relief that Cisse’s future at the club is now guaranteed.

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