Papiss Cisse was back among the goals on Tuesday, with his effort early in the second half helping to earn Newcastle United a 1-1 draw at Burnley.
That strike was his fifth in the Premier League this season, placing him at the top of the Magpies’ scoring charts.
He has risen to the summit despite nursing his way back from serious injury and making just four top-flight starts, and seven appearances in total.
Cisse suffered a dislocated kneecap towards the end of last season, with the problem forcing him under the knife.
Surgery has pieced him back together, but he admits to still being short of full match fitness.
He has to be nursed through fixtures, with Alan Pardew aware of the need to avoid asking too much from the Senegalese frontman.
Cisse says he is prepared to play through the pain, but his value to the Newcastle cause is being highlighted at present and the last thing the Toon Army will want to see is their top marksman heading back to the treatment room.
|Goals||Total Scoring Att||Ontarget Scoring Att||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Papiss Demba Cissé||5||21||8||8||425|
“My injury is not easy. I need to look after myself, and the doctor does a very good job for me,” said Cisse, who has already bettered his goal return from the whole of last season.
“But I’m happy to come back in the team, play 90 minutes and score a goal.
“I need to score goals – that’s my job. I’m happy so far with five goals. I always try to do my best for the team, and if my goals can help us get a point or three points then I am doing my job on the pitch.”
Cisse took English football by storm upon his arrival from Freiburg in January 2012.
He has struggled to scale those heights since, but still boasts a record of better than one in three for Newcastle.
At the age of 29, he also has three years left to run on his contract at St James’ Park and will hope to have fired the Magpies back into Europe – possibly this season – before the time comes to discuss fresh terms or move on.