LEGEND Alan Shearer has called on Newcastle United to take the strain off “tired” Papiss Cisse.
The Senegal striker was the Magpies’ main goal threat as Newcastle struggled to get away from the relegation zone.
Cisse was left without a regular strike partner after Demba Ba’s sale to Chelsea in January for £7.5million.
Yoan Gouffran was brought in from Bordeaux for £2million after Loic Remy turned down a move to Tyneside in favour of QPR, but it was Cisse who was left to shoulder the goalscoring burden in both Europe and the Premier League.
And while Cisse weighed in with a number of vital goals, Shearer believes the striker was feeling the strain by the end of the season.
Cisse failed to score in Newcastle’s last six games and bagged just 13 in 47 appearances, compared to 13 in 14 games in his first season after signing from Freiburg.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is looking to strengthen his side’s forward line this summer and when asked if the Magpies should be looking for someone to complement Cisse, Shearer said: “Absolutely.
“When he first came, he took the Premier League by storm, but he was really the only regular striker (this campaign) and I feel that told come the last couple of months of the season as he looked tired.”
Newcastle have been linked with a number of forwards since the season finished and when asked what kind of attacker United should be going for, Shearer laughed: “It’s always best to look for a striker who scores goals, but they are hard to find and if you do find them they cost a helluva lot of money.
“I don’t know how much money Newcastle have got to spend.
“The manager will feel it’s important to strengthen as soon as they can to get their preparations in place.
“And they need to. It was a poor season in the end, fortunate enough to stay away from the bottom three, but they will have to build and kick on for next season.”