Interim Newcastle United manager John Carver has revealed he blocked striker Papiss Cisse from departing the north east side in the January transfer window.
The move in question was to the UAE with club Al Ahli the expected destination. This transfer would have been financially beneficial for both Cisse and Newcastle but Carver was adamant that the player would not be leaving, and rightly so.
Cisse is Newcastle's top goal scorer with 10 goals and is vital to their attacking threat. The Senegal international is the only out-and-out striker at Carver's disposal, and he his player of great importance.
Carver told reporters: “I wanted to keep hold of him and I was supported 100% from Lee (Charnley, MD).
"It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign."
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“I said before he went off to the Africa Nations that he was our top goalscorer and the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.”
Right move by Newcastle
It is understandable the carver wanted to keep the 29-year-old and he will be grateful for the support he has been shown by the Newcastle hierarchy, something that was rarely afforded to his predecessor, Alan Pardew, in the transfer market.
He will now be hoping to keep Cisse fit and firing until the end of the season to help him secure the job on a permanent basis.
Newcastle play struggling Aston Villa this weekend and will be desperate for a much improved performance from that of Saturday against Manchester City where they were thrashed 5-0.
Cisse and co will need to be on top form to bounce back after the atrocious performance at the Etihad Stadium.
Did Newcastle make the right decision to keep Papiss Cisse?