My latest blog at metro.co.uk is now up!
Now entitled “Left-field selection Sammy Ameobi helps Papiss Cisse break his Newcastle scoring duck,” it orignally had the same title as this piece until a sub-editor got his or her hands on it. Thankfully though, they seem to have left the story intact this time, apart from taking my correct spelling of ‘Yoan Gouffran’ and changing it to ‘Yoann Gouffran’ like another French player, Yoann Gourcuff.
Enough of my petty griping though, the piece itself takes a look at the return of Papiss Cisse to the score sheet in Wednesday evening’s League Cup game against Leeds United. It also takes a look at the role of two of the best players in that particular game, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran. In particular I look at how, for a change, Alan Pardew actually had a left footed player, Ameobi the younger, playing on the left hand side rather than a right footer who would constantly cut in. This resulted in a superb left footed cross by the big lad for Cisse’s goal, with Ameobi also playing a role in Gouffran’s spectacular second goal in what was an excellent performance overall on the wing from the youngster.
On the subject of the Gouffran, he has been a right footed player playing on the left in his brief Newcastle career so far, though against Leeds he was deployed centrally just behind Cisse, turning in a similarly excellent performance to Sammy. I also go slightly deeper into the subject, looking at other examples of wingers playing on the ‘right’ / ‘wrong’ side at Newcastle and elsewhere, including Gutierrez and Ben Arfa, but I’ll leave that for you to discover in the original piece!
One final thing though, the image I chose for the original story, of Papiss Cisse praying towards Mecca in front of a battery of huge Wonga signs is positively dripping with irony. I wish I’d taken it!
Newcastle United vs Leeds United match highlights.