The Premier League is renowned as being one of the toughest divisions in the world, but clearly no-one told Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse! His Newcastle career has gone like a dream so far and it shows no sign of hitting the rails anytime soon. From a stunning left foot volley in his debut at St James’ Park against Aston Villa to his tap-in against Bolton and three consecutive Premier League braces in between, Papiss is taking the piss and making English football look like a walk in the park.
Papiss Cisse doesn’t strike me as being an arrogant player though, and every goal he scores is greeted with a beaming smile and him praying to God. He’s done that ten times to date in nine Premier League matches and has to go down as one of the best signings of all-time in the January transfer window, with the £10 million that Alan Pardew spent on the Senegal striker looking like small change.
Cisse is bound to stop scoring sometime, even Arsenal’s striker Robin van Persie went a couple of games without a goal, which is a drought for him, but Papiss clearly has buckets of ambition. Although the Sun journalist would have set up the question, Cisse has already talked of the great Alan Shearer’s Newcastle United goalscoring record and it would appear that Papiss has his eyes on emulating the famous Magpie number nine.
Papiss stated: “Alan Shearer has set the bar very high and I must try to follow the path that he’s set. I need to be aware of the past and what the shirt means. I’m doing all I can to be worthy. Alan Shearer is the example I have to try and follow. I’m not trying to prove I am as good as him — but to live up to what the shirt means. The only way I can do that is by scoring goals and playing well and so far it’s gone better than I imagined.”
Cisse is certainly making a good fist of it so far and long may his purple patch continue. Papiss is making a mockery of Premier League defences right now and Stoke, Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton will all be wary of trying to stop the Senegalese striker from scoring when they come up against Newcastle between now and the end of the season. How tough is English football? Papiss Cisse must be thinking that it’s a piece of piss!