Pardew believes forgotten man Papiss Cisse can be the answer to Newcastle's scoring problems

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NEWCASTLE United’s opening fixtures may have highlighted the need for another striker, but manager Alan Pardew believes forgotten man Papiss Cisse could be the one to solve their goalscoring problems when he returns from injury.

Cisse is close to completing his rehabilitation following a broken knee-cap he sustained against Swansea City in May.

The Senegal striker underwent surgery to repair the injury and spent the summer at Clairefontaine in France, but he is now on the verge of a return to full training.

The Magpies have failed to find the net in their opening three fixtures of the campaign and had to rely on John Egan’s own goal to secure a 1-0 win over Gillingham in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday night.

After a blistering start to his St James’ Park career, in which he netted 13 times in 14 games, Cisse struggled to maintain such form and has weighed in with a less spectacular ten league goals in the last two campaigns.

There has even been talk Newcastle could cash in on Cisse with clubs in Turkey and Russia rumoured to be interested in the 29-year-old, but when asked about the need find a replacement for Loic Remy, Pardew pointed out he still has Cisse at his disposal.

“I do remember not so long ago us all talking very highly about Papiss and whether we could keep him,” Pardew said.

“I think with Papiss that there's a possibility that he could score a lot of goals in this team so I wouldn't write him off by any stretch of the imagination. He's about two weeks away from training so he's not far away so that's something that seems to have been forgotten.”

Pardew believes Cisse’s form over the past two seasons is down to a lack of creativity in the team rather than the striker’s ability, but having acquired attacking midfielders Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella, the Magpies boss is confident the Senegal international can replicate the form he showed in his first six months on Tyneside.

He said: “The chances he was given last year didn't' really help his cause and there were a lot of games where he trawled through for us because we never created enough chances for him.

“He had like two or three chances a game and he fluffed his lines a little bit but he probably needs more than that, top strikers do need more than that and I'd never put off the fact that he can come again - and come again here.

“Having said that, if we're going to bring in a player they have to be better and above (Emmanuel) Riviere and Papiss, otherwise there is no point.

“When you look at the transfers, Jordan Rhodes, McCormack to Fulham and Shane Long and you look at their prices I don't think we would have done those three transfers.”

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7:42am Thu 28 Aug 14

Archie Brand says...

Cisse could be a star again, but his form was never due to lack of creativity within the team. It was more to do with a complete lack of creativity from the management.
As long as we continue to play formats that put just one striker in front of goal at best how will we ever get more than one player into double figures?
Cisse could be a star again, but his form was never due to lack of creativity within the team. It was more to do with a complete lack of creativity from the management. As long as we continue to play formats that put just one striker in front of goal at best how will we ever get more than one player into double figures? Archie Brand
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8:52am Thu 28 Aug 14

killyted says...

cisse scored 2 goals last season and the system we used was rubbish.this man ? Pardew is a total nightmare clueless get rid
cisse scored 2 goals last season and the system we used was rubbish.this man ? Pardew is a total nightmare clueless get rid killyted
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5:38pm Thu 28 Aug 14

pxatkins says...

Ah, the predictable Pardew haters chime in with their tired old rhetoric again ... and again ... and again. Of course you can't play more men upfront when you have an average midfield and an aging defence. It's not all about goals ...
Ah, the predictable Pardew haters chime in with their tired old rhetoric again ... and again ... and again. Of course you can't play more men upfront when you have an average midfield and an aging defence. It's not all about goals ... pxatkins
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