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One striker Alan Pardew must play against Leeds

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse can't score to save his life.

The Senegalese striker put in another frustrating performance on Saturday afternoon, as the Magpies lost 3-2 to newly-promoted Hull City.

Cisse's miscued effort 11 minutes in fell for Frenchman Loic Remy to head home, but aside from that the 28-year-old looked a shadow of his former self. 

He made several poor decisions in the final third before finally being hauled off in the 73rd minute - to the relief of Newcastle fans at St James' Park.

Last week, Alan Pardew warned Cisse to up his game or risk losing his place in the team. After being let down again over the weekend, is it finally time for the gaffer to drop his star striker?

Luckily for Cisse, the perfect opportunity to regain some confidence has arisen in the form of a League Cup tie against Leeds United.

The Magpies host Brian McDermott's men at St James' Park on Wednesday evening - and as Pardew consider wholesale changes, surely it would make sense to give Cisse a run out?

Speaking after Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Hull City, Pardew said: "I’ve got a lot of thinking time between between now and then, and I’ll be using that."

The manager has plenty of team selections decisions to make. The likes of Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux are pushing for a place in the starting XI - which could see goal shy Cisse left out all together.

However, even putting Cisse on the bench would do his confidence no harm, considering Newcastle's next Premier League game against Everton is on Monday night. 

What do you think? Would you play Cisse against Leeds?

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