Loic Remy believes out-of-sorts Papiss Cisse is “trying too hard” to end his miserable run in front of goal – but retains confidence the Senegal striker will return to scoring ways soon.
Remy’s six goals in seven games is in stark contrast to Cisse, who has notched just once in eleven since the start of the season.
His sole strike came in the Capital One Cup defeat of Leeds, with the forward spurning plenty of opportunities in the interim.
Remy has plenty of sympathy with his team-mate and has suggested a single goal will kick-start another hot streak for a player who made his mark in English football by scoring in six straight games back in 2012.
Remy said: “I think Papiss is a very good player. He showed a lot of things when he arrived and he scored a lot of good goals and a lot of important goals, but without the struggle there is no success.
“Sometimes when I was at Marseille I was the same.
“I went a long time without scoring and it is frustrating for a forward to go through those patches, but I think he just needs one goal to start again and find his confidence.
“It’s difficult when you are not scoring because you can maybe try to hard, but I know how he feels because I have been in that situation before. I’m not worried about Papiss, I think he just needs one goal and he will find his confidence again.”
Cisse has lost his starting place in recent weeks as Yoan Gouffran – something of an unsung hero for the Magpies – continues to weigh in with valuable contributions.
The French striker was used in tandem with Remy on Saturday and Alan Pardew has even preferred Hatem Ben Arfa in a more advanced role over the claims of Cisse of late.
That has prompted concerns about Cisse’s confidence and his ability to ever recreate some of the glorious moments that heralded his arrival in English football.
Pardew has spoken publicly in support of the striker and now Remy has also offered his backing for a forward who still averages nearly a goal ever other game in black and white. His record - even taking into account his current travails in front of goal - stands at 21 goals in 54 games.
Remy said: “He needs to get it as soon as possible for the team, but also for himself and then we will see the real Papiss again.”
As United look to kick-start Cisse’s goalscoring run there are also hopes at St James’ Park that they will find a suitor for Haris Vuckic (pictured below), who has been offered to clubs in the top three divisions on loan.
Several scouts were at Burton Albion on Monday to see Vuckic score in a defeat against Aston Villa. Gael Bigirimana – who has been told to drop down to the Championship to get more experience – is another who has been circulated to interested clubs.
It is understood that St Mirren, who made such a positive impact on the career of Paul Dummett, are keen to take Adam Campbell on loan. Campbell endured a frustrating – and short – spell at Carlisle United earlier in the season and is another who needs first team football to improve his chances of making an impact in the Newcastle first team.