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Cisse Hasn't Lived Up to Last Season's Scoring Exploits
Since January, Newcastle have been a seemingly entirely different side to the one that struggled through the first half of the season. Sissoko and Cabaye have orchestrated the Magpies’ rise from the ashes and dragged their side further clear of the relegation places.
However, they have been let down somewhat by Papiss Cisse’s lack of confidence and poor finishing. The former Freiburg striker was particularly wasteful in Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv, as he spurned numerous chances to give Newcastle an unassailable lead heading into the second leg next Thursday.
Some might say he was unlucky as the linesman disallowed two seemingly legitimate goals for offside, but even without those two strikes, Cisse still missed plenty of chances.
The Senegal man should have ample confidence after the departure of Demba Ba, which now means he will be first-choice striker in his favoured centre-forward position.
But Thursday night, even simple-looking chances seemed to daunt the striker, and Cisse let the keeper get the better of him on a number of occasions.
This weekend could be the time to work on his finishing while clean through on goal, with many of Cisse’s misses coming when he has time to think about what he needs to do. Most of his goals for Newcastle have been instinctive, without chance for any doubt to creep into his head before he tries to beat the goalkeeper.
Once we see the Cisse of last season, Newcastle could have the final piece of their puzzle and start adding plenty of goals to the rest of their impressive looking outfit.