PAPISS Cisse WILL hit the goals trail for Newcastle United this season – just like he did two seasons ago when when he fired the club into Europe, writes Miles Starforth.
Cisse is yet to find the net in the Premier League this season.
And the 28-year-old – who has struggled for form – has found himself on the bench in recent weeks, with on-loan striker Loic Remy and long-serving Shola Ameobi having led the line during the club’s three-game winning streak.
But United manager Alan Pardew hasn’t lost faith in Cisse, whose sensational form after his arrival at St James’s Park from Freiburg in January last year helped Newcastle finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League two seasons ago.
Pardew – whose ninth-placed side are well-placed for an assault on the European places ahead of this evening’s home game against West Bromwich Albion – is convinced Cisse will go on a goalscoring run this season
“If you think you Papiss is never going to score again, you’re wildly mistaken,”
“This guy will go on a run. When he goes on a run, hopefully Remy will still be on his (run), and we’ll have two of them.
“At the minute, we have Remy in great form, and let’s keep him there. Fingers crossed he stays there.”
Remy has netted eight times so far this season, and is one of the first names on Pardew’s teamsheet.
However, Newcastle face a difficult task in turning the 26-year-old’s temporary move to St James’s Park from Queens Park Rangers a permanent one given the interest in the World Cup-bound France international elsewhere.
For his part, Remy – who turned down a move to United in January after QPR offered him a huge contract – has suggested he is in no hurry to make a decision on his future.
Arsenal are among the clubs to have been linked with the former Olympique Marseille forward, who said earlier this month he would consider his options next summer after the World Cup.
“For the moment, things are very good,” said Remy.
“To be honest, I feel very good here, but now I’m only on loan and this is a question that we have to speak about with the owner and everybody in July, I think.
“It is a loan and so many things depend on QPR, it depends on Newcastle, it depends on me. I will not think about it until the summer, and so I’m just going to try and score goals and get us up the league and then we will see what happens.”