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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned striker Papiss Cisse that his place will come under threat soon if he does not start scoring soon, the Daily Star reports.
The Senegal international has not hit the back of the net in 11 appearances – a run of games that stretches back until April 11.
Cisse has struggled for goals so far this season, just as he did 12 months ago when he fired blanks in the Magpies opening six games and didn’t score in the Premier League until October 28.
And Pardew has sought to encourage the troubled striker by insisting his place is not under threat yet, though he won’t be afforded until the end of next month this time around.
But he believes the striker is ready to explode in front of goal and start adding to his non-existent tally.
“I sense that this week he’s in a good place,” he said.
“He wants a goal and he can see that we’re starting to create chances and he feels better about that.
“Hopefully, we’ll give him three or four opportunities to score.”
However, Pardew was also forced to admit that he had been seeking alternatives should Cisse fail to hit the goal trail as he expects.
“I think it is a concern and we’ve worked hard to try and find avenues for Papiss to find a goal,” he said.
“Certainly, on his side, he’s working hard but he’ll have to concentrate now because he’ll come under pressure if he does not score in the next couple of games.
“He knows with every game that goes by when a striker doesn’t score, it’s difficult for them.
“He’s under no immediate threat but I have to say Gouffran’s really impressed and he’s not in teh team right now.”
Pardew sees comparisons between Cisse and his former West Ham forward Bobby Zamora, with both scoring their goals in bursts.
He added: “I remember Bobby used to score goals in batches, three, four or five and then he’d go quiet before starting all over again.
“I feel Papiss is like that. Once he gets a goal, suddenly, he can look a different player.”