ALAN Pardew has admitted Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse’s career is approaching a crossroads.
Cisse could make his return from a back injury against Tottenham Hotspur at St James’s Park tomorrow night.
The 28-year-old made a blistering start to his Newcastle career after to St James’s Park moving from German club Freiburg just over two years ago.
Cisse scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances.
But the Senegal international has struggled for form over the past 18 months, and United manager Pardew has conceded he could leave in the summer.
“He needs to have a big second half of the season for the summer,” Pardew told the Press Association.
“We are going to have to make a decision with Papiss – whether he is going to stay at this club, and be a big player for us like he was two years ago and last year to a degree, or whether it’s going to be pastures new.”
A number of clubs, including Turkish side Fenerbahce were linked with moves for Cisse in last month’s transfer window.
Cisse – who wears Newcastle’s iconic No9 jersey – has scored three goals so far this season.