Race is on for super Papiss Cisse to keep up the pace

By Lee Ryder on Apr 8, 12 05:23 PM

Papiss Cisse's amazing start to life in the number 9 shirt continues with nine goals in his first eight Premier League games.

But despite his sparkling record thus far he must keep up the pace to stay in touch with same sensational start made by Les Ferdinand in 1995.

Sir Les was sitting pretty with nine in eight matches but in games nine and 10 he stepped things up in games

Fans from this era will remember Ferdinand's superb strike at Everton in the 3-1 win in game 10.

Ferdinand then upped the stakes in game 11 with a hat-trick against Wimbledon on Tyneside in a 6-1 win.

At that stage things looked too easy for the Magpies on a day many remember for Vinny Jones ending up in goal!

However, with Cisse in the type of devastating form he showed against Swansea, Liverpool and West Brom who is to say what his record will be in the next two games.

He is certainly doing that number 9 shirt justice though.

But incredibly it would seem that Mick Quinn's start in Toon seems unbeatable.

Quinn's start saw him rattle in NINE goals in his first games for Newcastle.

And while that was in the old Second Division, Quinn's Premier League record is just as impressive.

He bagged 10 in six while in Coventry colours to show he was one of the game's natural-born finishers!

However, Mick knows the score when it comes to his finishers and the Chronicle columnist rates Cisse as one of the best predatory strikers in Europe.

Quinn said: "When you have a natural born scorer in your team, your team doesn't always have to play well to win games, Newcastle have got that with Cisse now."

And the Toon Army could hardly be more delighted.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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