ALAN Pardew has warned the Premier League that Papiss Demba Cisse’s ready to hit the goals trail – after being restored to his favoured central striking role.
Cisse was set to lead Newcastle United’s attack at Norwich City today.
The striker was given a role on the right side of Pardew’s midfield up to Demba Ba’s departure to Chelsea.
He was kept there for the defeat against Everton – despite Ba not playing – as Pardew had already set his team up with Cisse playing out wide and it didn’t stop him from opening the scoring inside two minutes.
But having recovered from the minor strain which kept him out of Newcastle’s FA Cup defeat to Brighton the Senegal star will again lead the line against Norwich – and for the remainder of the season.
And manager Pardew is looking to the 27-year-old to weigh in with some important goals for the relegation-threatened club over the coming weeks.
“He’s a poacher, a natural goalscorer,” Pardew told SportMail. “He’s done particularly well in the wide area for us when we’ve been weak in midfield.
“I think we’re getting stronger in there and with Demba going as well, he’ll go through the middle.
“His hold-up play has improved and hopefully he’ll bring that to the No9 role, because that’s been his weakness. Going in behind, sniffing a goal out – that will never change.”
With a replacement for Ba yet to arrive on Tyneside, Cisse will have to shoulder the goalscoring burden for United.
Shola Ameobi, sent off against Brighton, was suspended for the today’s game, while Nile Ranger is lacking match fitness.
Pardew added: “We’ve got Shola and Papiss and I include Nile in that conversation and outside of that we really need another one, for sure, to make sure we’ve got enough goalscorers in the group.
“In the short term, he has to carry the flag which he will.”