Newcastle boss reveals 'cutting edge' for Premier League success

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Alan Pardew has praised Papiss Cisse in the run up to Newcastle’s tie with Leicester.

Cisse has netted four goals in three games this season since returning from a knee injury, and Magpies head coach Pardew is keen to see the Senegalese forward continue his strong run of form with a must-win home fixture against Leicester on Saturday.

The North East-based side have yet to achieve victory in the Premier League this season, and Cisse’s goalscoring has been the only bright point of a poor start to the campaign.

Having featured for Senegal in two African Cup of Nations qualifiers over the international break, Pardew will be hoping that Cisse returns in time to feature on Saturday, with the forward the only source of goals in the Magpies squad.

“You need to have somebody who can score goals in the Premier League,” Pardew told Chronicle Live.

“You need that cutting edge and somebody who is going to deliver for you.

“He’s got that [at the] moment when we need it.

Cisse netted 13 goals in 14 games in his first season in the North East, although he has failed to repeat that form in recent campaigns. Being played out of position to cater for various other attacking threats, he netted just 10 goals in 60 games between 2012/14. However, his impressive start to the season has given hope that the 29-year-old will be able to repeat the feats that endeared him to the Magpies faithful upon his arrival from the Bundesliga.

Pardew added: “I said that this team will benefit Papiss and Papiss will benefit us. Hopefully that continues.

“It’s four goals and it’s good going for him.”

Pardew is also hoping for the return of midfielder Cheick Tiote, with the 28-year-old being rushed back to St James’ Park from international duty.

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