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Papiss Cisse

Papiss Cisse

Who would have thought Newcastle would be the first to break the bank in the January transfer window! Bienvenue Papiss Cisse and now this team can work and move forward into the latter half of the season.

QPR were taken care of by Leon Best in a dull and forgettable match that showcased Best’s ability and lack of fitness as well as Ben Arfa’s headless running and constant losing of possession.

This team faces a tough task against Fulham and know a win cements a place in the top tier again next season. Martin Jol won’t roll over easily and Craven Cottage is a tough ground to go to and take a victory away. The squad needs to be more focused and get going from the whistle instead of waiting 25 minutes to get into gear.

If QPR could score or even shoot effectively they could have been two nil up after twenty minutes.

The excitement of Cisse’s arrival must not overshadow the game and the pressure on Best and Ameobi to deliver still remains until Senegal bow out of the African Nations Cup.

The new number nine will quickly see how having a strong goal scoring record in Germany means very little in the Premier League. Dzeko’s record in the Bundesliga was astonishing but he failed to set the league alight with only 13 goals in the past 12months.

Finally the prospect of making in into the fifth round of the FA cup looks promising as an unimpressive Brighton floundered their way past Conference National Wrexham FC last night. The game will surely offer Ameobi his 50th club goal in 13 years and show Cisse that fearing losing his starting place is surely only a myth!

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About the Author: James P Mahon

James is a former radio Dj with Party 934 & Flirt FM 101.3 in Ireland & has TV presented with News2day on RTE 2 as well as the recent documentary Dingle to LA. He was a writer for Sin newspaper and the Chesterfield Post and is general manager of record label COAL Records Ltd for Tribal Talent Ireland. As well as being a die hard magpie he also writes regularly to www.jamespmahon.com and hosts an online chat show on Youtube.com/JPMTVUK. He is currently studying a masters in broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Blogtalkradio NYC and ForgeRadio: Twitter= @jamesPmahon

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  • I predict… 2-5 to Fulham

    Call it a hunch.

  • Haha, apologies. Our site is having some difficulties and published this article now instead of last week. I predict we’ll have a good first half and then fall apart in the second…

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