Daryl Janmaat's comments expose worrying upcoming issue for Newcastle

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Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has highlighted the importance of Papiss Cisse to the side.

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat's comments in the Shields Gazette have exposed a problem that the club are set to face in the next two weeks.

Janmaat spoke on Thursday about the importance of Papiss Cisse to the Magpies, as he is such a clinical finisher.

However, with Cisse set to miss the next seven games after being handed a lengthy ban by the FA, Newcastle will have to do without the Senegal international, and that could be a concern if Janmaat's comments are anything to go by.

“It helps with that when you have Papiss in the team because he is a really good goalscorer,” said Janmaat.

“You know that if you set him up with a chance, more times than not he will take it. He’s an excellent finisher."

Who can replace Cisse?

Newcastle's lack of alternatives mean that the absence of the 29-year-old will reduce their attacking threat considerably.

Cisse has scored 11 goals in 20 games this season and no other player at the club has got close to that tally.

John Carver is likely to select Ayoze Perez as the striker to lead the line in Cisse's absence, but the Spaniard isn't a natural goalscorer.

Perez has had a promising first season in England, but it is his creativity rather than his ruthlessness which has been most notable.

It could mean that Carver decides to keep Perez playing out wide, which would open the door for Emmanuel Riviere to impress.

Riviere is yet to hit a Premier League goal since arriving at St. James' Park last summer, but he will argue that he is yet to have a consistent run of games.

If Carver did hand him this opportunity to impress then he would be more determined than most, as he looks to be playing for his future at the club.

Riviere could well be shown the door unless he starts scoring and that should provide him with added motivation to impress.

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