There have been rumblings that the Senegalese striker could leave St James’ Park in the next couple of weeks – sensible or preposterous?
Papiss Cisse’s time in the English Premier League has flickered between the sublime and the ridiculous, as after a fantastic start to life at Newcastle, the African attacker has suffered a dramatic dip in form.
With the Senegal international at his lowest point at the moment, transfer rumblings that Alan Pardew is ready to cut his losses and sell Cisse over the next couple of weeks have been doing the rounds.
However, should Newcastle persist with Cisse or concede that it is his time to leave Tyneside?
After his January 2012 move to the club from Freiburg, Cisse announced himself to the English football community in spectacular fashion. The direct forward hit 13 goals in his first 13 games for Newcastle and was quickly one of the most feared strikers in the English game.
Those two screamers that he rattled home at Stamford Bridge to see Newcastle beat Chelsea in west London in his debut season seem like a lifetime ago now. Cisse was noticeably less effective last season, hitting only eight goals in 36 games, and the African has only managed one goal this season so far.
There is no doubt that Cisse has what it takes to be a success in England; he showed that in his first six months at Newcastle.
To get back to his best Cisse needs a prolonged run in the side, which does not seem forthcoming in Pardew’s relatively settled side of late. Cisse has only been given six starts this term, and of late finds himself firmly behind Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi in the preferences.
Ironically, it may well be the future of Remy that has a sizeable impact on where Cisse ends up. If Newcastle can arrange a deal for the France international to move to St James’ Park on a permanent deal, they have a figure that can lead their line and carry the brunt of the goalscoring responsibilities, which would see Cisse continuing on the fringes of the team.
However, with plenty of other sides sniffing around the QPR loan star, if Pardew’s men miss out on Remy they could be glad to have Cisse at the start of next season.
One way or another, Cisse is a special talent, but needs regular football to get back to his best.
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