Alan Pardew confident Papiss Cisse will rediscover top form for Newcastle
Last Updated: September 24, 2012 10:01am
Papiss Cisse: Backed to regain top form by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United Alan Pardew believes it will take just one goal to get Papiss Cisse back to his best this season.
The Senegal international scored 13 times in 14 appearances for the Magpies last season in a sensational start to his career in England, but has yet to open his account this term.
He endured a frustrating afternoon against Norwich City on Sunday, missing a number of chances and blazing a penalty over the crossbar.
However, Pardew has no fears that he will rediscover his touch and start to produce the kind of breathtaking moments currently being provided by Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.
The manager said: "He is one of those players who doesn't really carry too much baggage, if I am honest.
"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.
"We stood by Hatem when he was not at his best and look at him now. In a kind of forgettable game, I am guessing for most people, especially neutrals, there were four or five moments from Hatem that you could put in a World Cup.
"They were really special and that's where he is at the minute, he really is playing well."