Cisse can be Newcastle United’s main man again, insists Pardew

FIT ... Papiss Demba Cisse.
FIT ... Papiss Demba Cisse.
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ALAN Pardew is refusing to write off Papiss Cisse’s Newcastle United career, despite two barren years in front of goal.

The Magpies’ boss is hopeful that Cisse can rediscover the explosive form which marked his mid-season arrival from Freiburg in 2011/12, netting 13 times.

The Senegalese striker is pencilled in to return to training next month after recovering from the fractured kneecap he suffered late last season, boosting Pardew, whose squad looks short of a player capable of reaching double figures in the goal charts.

Newcastle are unlikely to sign another striker before the transfer window closes on Monday night, unless there are one or more outgoings.

Cisse, however, could yet fill that void, according to Pardew, who feels the market for British forwards has become vastly inflated.

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

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

“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.

“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, (Ross) McCormack to Fulham and Shane Long – and you look at their prices, I don’t think we would have done those three transfers.”

Cisse has struggled to recapture his initial form on Tyneside, but Pardew feels Cisse’s woes, at least in part, are down to a lack of service.

“He had like two or three chances a game,” said Pardew.

“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 the fact that he can come again – and come again here.”