Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has given his misfiring striker Papiss Cisse the 'dreaded vote of confidence', reports the Daily Star.
Cisse is likely to start Saturday's visit match against Hull City at St James' Park, despite not having scored in 11 games.
But Pardew has fired a shooting warning to his Senegalese striker, warning him that if his goal drought persists much longer, there are players ready to take his place.
“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.”
“I think it is a concern and we’ve worked hard to try and find avenues for Papiss to find a goal.
“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 the team right now.”
Pardew likened Cisse to Bobby Zamora, who tended to score all his goals in batches.
“I remember Bobby (Zamora) 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.”
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