Cisse may not be the most reliable striker in world football, but any striker will do for The Tigers right now.
The Tigers have endured relentless injuries to key players all season, with forwards Will Keane and Abel Hernandez the latest to suffer on the sidelines, with the former (below) set to be out of action for over a year.
Furthermore, a red card to Dieumerci Mbokani against Newcastle in Tuesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final victory has not helped matters, with Phelan forced to rely upon Adama Diomande, who has scored just four times in 24 league games for Hull, away at fellow strugglers Middlesbrough this weekend.
Few players in the top flight divided opinion quite like Papiss Cisse at Newcastle, with his array of wondergoals initially after joining form Freiburg, including a bizarre, swinging volley against Chelsea, giving way to a succession of sitters in his second season.
The Senegalese’s striker’s remarkable tally of 13 in his first 14 appearances after joining in January in 2011 ended up being his highest tally in a Premier League campaign.
These days, the 31-year-old is plying his trade in China with Shandong Luneng, netting five times in 13 matches including a typically baffling airshot in October.
The experienced hitman completely swiped at a presentable chance, only to deflect it onto his over leg and watch on in wonder as it looped over the helpless goalkeeper.
It’s the sort of feat that has become his trademark, but it’s fair to say a Hull team who have scored 11 times all season won’t care how they go in as long as they do.
The Hull Daily Mail add that Shandong are demanding £3 million for his services, a fee The Tigers are unwilling to match as yet. However, another blunt attacking performance against Boro could make up their mind.