Newcastle should have ditched Papiss Cisse and shown faith in Adam Armstrong

Why Newcastle United should have dealt with two of their strikers differently this summer.

On first glance, Newcastle United’s summer spending was impressive. After all, they signed prolific young striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, a more experienced attacking player in Georginio Wijnaldum, a quality defensive addition in Chancel Mbemba and seemingly an upgrade on Remy Cabella in the form of Florian Thauvin.

But six games into the new Premier League season and things are not going well for Newcastle. In fact, they could not be going much worse with Steve McClaren’s side 19th in the league with only Sunderland below them on goal-difference.

On Saturday Newcastle crashed to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Watford, and the Magpies’ striker Papiss Cisse came in for plenty of criticism after another below-par performance.

Cisse is playing in the absence of the suspended Mitrovic, but the Senegal forward has flattered to deceive this season and suggests McClaren would have been better off ditching him during the summer and instead putting his faith in Adam Armstrong.

Armstrong may only be 18 but he is a passionate, hard-working,  talented player who would never let the side down and he has shown on loan at Coventry City this season that he is more than ready for regular first-team football.

The Newcastle teenager has scored six goals in seven matches for the League One club and while that is two levels below the Premier League, would he really have done any worse than Cisse?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but the simple fact is Cisse is not performing anywhere near the level expected of such an experienced player and Armstrong would have given more had he remained at St James’ Park this season.

Thankfully for Newcastle he will be back in due course, but for now that moment cannot come quickly enough.

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