Alan Pardew has not given up on Papiss Cisse being Newcastle's goal hero once again

Newcastle United's forgotten striker will be back training next month and his manager still believes in him

Papiss Cisse scores against Palace
Papiss Cisse

Alan Pardew has not given up hope of Papiss Cisse curing Newcastle United’s goalscoring problem.

The Senegalese international is close to a return to training after being sidelined for the past three months with a broken kneecap.

With so much talk around the need for Newcastle to sign one more striker, the 29-year-old Cisse has almost become the forgotten man of St James’ Park. However, his manager believes the one-time scoring sensation has it in him to become the hero once again.

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

“The chances he was given last season 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.

“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, something that seems to have been forgotten.

“He had two or three chances a game and 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.”

Pardew hasn’t given up on signing one more striker, but he’s not interested in merely bringing in an extra body. He said: “If we are going to bring in a player they have to be better and above Emmanuel Riviere and Papiss, otherwise there is no point.”


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