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Cisse Hasn't Scored Often Enough This Season
Despite scoring a wonder goal against Southampton at the weekend, Cisse simply hasn’t been good enough this season.
For the first half of the season it was unfair to the former Freiburg man, who was deployed in his unfavoured right-wing position.
But since Demba Ba’s departure, Cisse has had the chance to shine as a centre forward and has not taken it. He is caught offside far too often—sometimes inexplicably when well placed—and his finishing hasn’t been up to scratch.
Cisse has no problem scoring when he has no time to think about what he’s doing, just like he proved with his goal against Southampton last weekend. The strike was instinctive and came naturally to him, but when he has a chance such as a one on one—where he has a few seconds to think about the finish—he squanders the chance more often than not.
If Cisse had converted the chances his teammates have created for him this season, he would be one of the top scorers in the league, but instead he has only seven goals to his name. The rate needs to improve, as he is running out of excuses for his lack of prolificacy.
The main reason Cisse hasn’t been dropped—and likely won’t be dropped—this season has been the lack of options in attack for Newcastle. Shola Ameobi only scores against Sunderland and there is no other real alternative for Alan Pardew to call upon.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle sign another front man in the summer transfer window. If someone comes in, Cisse will have to start scoring or risk being second choice to the new arrival, much like he was when Ba was netting regularly for the Magpies.