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Pardew: Cisse needs to start scoring again
PAPISS CISSE has been reassured that his place in the Newcastle United starting line-up is not under immediate threat – but it soon could be.
The Senegalese striker is yet to score for the Magpies this season and his last Premier League goal was a dramatic winner against Fulham on April 7.
And while Newcastle were unable to bring in the extra striker manager Alan Pardew wanted before the transfer deadline, there are still other forwards gunning for Cisse’s place.
Frenchman Loic Remy is more than capable of playing through the middle, while Yoan Gouffran is desperate to start a top-flight game – particularly after scoring the winner at Aston Villa last weekend.
But Pardew has given Cisse his blessing to start again tomorrow when Hull City travel to St James’ Park, suggesting the £9m man has been looking sharp and buoyant in training this week.
“Papiss is focused but he knows with every game that goes by when a striker's not scored, it's difficult for them,” said Pardew. “Their mood changes, some games you can see they're up and determined to get it right, other times they're down but I just generally sense this week that he's in a good place.
“He wants a goal and he can see that we're starting to create chances and he feels better about that. Hopefully we'll give him three or four opportunities to score.
"Gouffran's really impressed and he's not in the team at the minute, Sylvain Marveaux’s in a good place and that's the options that I want. As I said in the transfer window, another attacking option would have put even more pressure on, and that's what it's about. You have to be able to deal with it at a club like Newcastle.”
Cisse has scored 21 goals in 52 starts for Newcastle, but has seen them dry up since bursting on to the scene in January 2012 with 13 in his first 12 appearances for the club.
But Pardew is not overly concerned. He said: "I want him to score and so does the team, it's important he plays well and scores for us and I think a goal would help him and I'm hoping we create the chances to give him that opportunity.
“You always assume strikers are super-confident but it doesn't always work like that and follow through. I remember Bobby Zamora used to score goals in batches, three or four or five, and then he'd go quiet but then he'd start to get them again.
“I feel Papiss is like that. Once he gets a goal, suddenly he looks a different player. It'd be nice to see him score. Last year when he got that goal against Anzhi, suddenly he came alive.”
With Newcastle creating chances again, Pardew is satisfied with Newcastle’s start to the campaign. They have won their last three matches, including a Capital One Cup victory at Morecambe.
Last weekend’s success and performance at Aston Villa was the pick and he believes the return of Yohan Cabaye to his midfield has given the whole team an extra dimension to the way they play.
"Yohan gives you a composure on the ball. He takes a second longer on the ball and because of that he just makes the right decisions because of that,” said Pardew.
But the Newcastle boss did concede there is room for a change of direction on the recruitment front, suggesting there is a genuine lack of homegrown talent in his pool to choose from.
Pardew said: "We've got good players and it's something we're focusing on in terms of the lack of English players in our group, we've structured our academy and our scouting team to scout only locally at youth levels now and that's going to be carried through for the next two or three years because we need to produce our own.”
One Englishman already in the group is Steven Taylor and he has been ruled out of the Hull fixture with a slight knock.
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