Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Papiss Cisse can learn from Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as he tries to restore his form, writes Sky
Pardew is adamant that Cisse can take the lead from Torres following his dry spell without a goal, as the Spaniard is now considered to be approaching his best form with a notable performance against Manchester City on Sunday.
Cisse is yet to score a goal this season, despite being influential in Newcastle’s fight for survival last campaign, and with the clash against Chelsea on Saturday, Pardew is keen for the striker to pick up a few hints from Torres.
“Papiss can certainly learn from him,” said Pardew. “Torres has worked really hard to try to find his form and sometimes when you are searching for it, you don’t look your best.
“You try too hard to score goals from angles which aren’t really on and I think Papiss is fighting that. When he is scoring, we look a great side, but we’ve got great faith in him and sometimes it just needs to fall into place – and a goal can kick-start that.”
Pardew is happy with Cisse’s input in training, and believes he’s been unlucky in front of goal. “He’s not sulking, he’s not doing anything in the team to disrupt in terms of stopping making runs, he’s doing everything we want, he’s just not getting that break,” Pardew continued. “We’ve got to try and work with him and encourage him and hopefully give him an opportunity to get a goal.
“One thing he generates is love. Everybody I speak to is desperate for him to get that break and I think that’s what you need. As a striker sometimes you just need that break. I think that’s what he’s searching for at the moment.”
The Senegalese striker scored 13 goals during his first season at Newcastle, and managed eight goals the following campaign.
Newcastle will hope to pick up their fourth win of the season as they host Chelsea on Saturday, but the Magpies have one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League so far, having conceded 16 goals.
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