Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pardew to stick with Cisse

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has vowed to stand by striker Papiss Cisse despite the hitman’s recent poor form.

The Senegalese star arrived at St James’ from German side Freiburg in January and made an immediate impression for the club, netting 13 times in his first 14 appearances as the Magpies eventually went onto finish 5th in the Premier League table.

However, he is still to open his account this term and despite his characteristic all action displays, he has looked somewhat out of sorts in front of goal.

His problems were most evident on Sunday against Norwich, as despite once again producing a fine performance for the team, he spurned a number of chances, most notably a penalty which he skied well over the bar.

In contrast, Cisse’s compatriot Demba Ba, who has been forced to play on the wing since his great friend’s arrival, has flourished so far this term, netting four times in five soccer games, including the winner in the Canaries clash.

This has led to speculation on online gambling forums that Pardew could drop his number nine and move Ba back into the position he played so well in during the first half of last season.

However, the boss is refusing to panic and says he is more than willing to stand by his charge as long as he is working hard for the team.

 "He is one of those players who doesn't really carry too much baggage, if I am honest,” he said. "I don't see an overriding problem there. I just know with Papiss that one goal, one moment will get him back into the groove.

 "He's a great player, and like all great players you have got to stand by them,” he added.

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