PAPISS Demba Cisse is back in the old routine, and that can only mean one thing – more goals.
That’s the verdict of his Newcastle United team-mate Cheik Tiote.
Cisse made a goalscoring return to Alan Pardew’s side at St Mirren on Tuesday night.
The 28-year-old scored a stunning goal in the club’s 2-0 win at St Mirren Park.
Cisse’s seasonal debut had been delayed by his unwillingness to wear a Wonga-branded shirt on religious grounds.
Tiote, like Cisse a Muslim, has a deep understanding of the issues behind what the Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor described as a “difficult situation”.
And the midfielder is just grateful that it could be resolved so the striker could rejoin his colleagues on the pitch, where Cisse belied his lack of pre-season football with an energetic performance.
“I think it’s a good thing for everybody - the fans, the players and the club,” Tiote said.
“It’s good to see Papiss back and scoring a goal.
“It wasn’t good for him to be in this situation. It’s finished now, and he can focus on his football on the pitch and do his work.
“That’s the best thing for him - scoring goals. It’s good for the team and for everybody.”
Cisse struggled for form last term as the club fought to stay in the Premier League.
And the hope is he can rediscover the scoring touch which helped the club to a fifth-placed finish the season before last.
Tiote felt the win over St Mirren, which followed a 1-0 success over Blackpool, was Newcastle’s best yet, with Pardew’s side having dominated the opening 45 minutes.
The key for Tiote, looking forward to his fourth campaign on Tyneside, was team work.
“It was a good result,” he said. “We played together, and as a team. We made the job easier for ourselves.”
While United’s prospects this season will in part depend on the club’s transfer business - the club is yet to sign a player - the work done on the training field is paying dividends.
And the players are steadily getting up to speed ahead of their opening game at Manchester City on August 19.
“At the moment everyone looks sharp,” added Tiote. “We still have to work hard.
“It’s not going to be easy at Man City - everyone knows that.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid yesterday completed a loan move to Panathinaikos.
The 25-year-old will spent the entire season at the Greek club.