Belfast Telegraph

Pardew warns Cisse of tough times

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned man-of-the-moment Papiss Cisse that life in the Barclays Premier League may not always be as easy as he is making it look.

The Senegal international took his tally to 13 goals in just 12 appearances with a sensational double in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory at Chelsea. However Pardew, who has worked with a series of top strikers including Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, who he could face on Sunday, knows there are likely to be tougher times ahead.

"It's early days - this is only half a season. His confidence is very, very high - at some point, it will be low, and that's when maybe me and my staff need to kick in," he said.

"At the moment, we are just running along with him. It's early days for Papiss and he has really hit the ground running."

Cisse, a near-£10million signing from German club Freiburg in January, announced himself in style with a winner on his debut against Aston Villa, and has not looked back since.

Some of his strikes have been simply breathtaking, but his second at Stamford Bridge, an outrageous volley from an unpromising position, is a genuine contender for goal of the season.

Asked if the frontman's form was a reward for the homework the club had done before making their decisive move for him, Pardew said: "You have to say that that's true, but we also have a great work ethic at the training ground, which I think is easy to buy into.

"We also have a great spirit and of course Demba [Ba], who has had to suffer, really, after Papiss's arrival in terms of working for the team, has helped him settle in and made it a lot easier for Papiss.

"But at the end of the day, he has still got to play brilliant football and score goals, and that's what he does. His confidence is very, very high, as he showed against Chelsea.

"Really, he perhaps should have run that [the ball for his second goal] into the corner, and he took a chance because he knew it was a chance for him, as slim as it might have been for the rest of us. That's the sort of confidence level he is at."

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