Papiss Cisse wants to impress Rafa Benitez

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Cisse returned from a groin injury and is looking to contribute to Newcastle's survival campaign.

Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse has said he feels good as he returned to fitness in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland following a groin injury, and looks to impress new manager Rafa Benitez.

The Magpies face a huge trip to Norwich City in the Premier League this weekend as they look to close a three-point gap to their relegation rivals with a win at Carrow Road.

Cisse is quoted in the Shields Gazette, saying: “For me, it’s good for the team. They (Benitez and his staff) need players, and the players need him. We need to be together and try to do something.

“I need to show him something on the training ground every day.

“Maybe I get a chance to do something at Norwich.

“They have spoken to me and everyone. They need everyone and the players need him. It’s good.”

They don't just need players but they need someone who can regularly put the ball in the back of the net, and Cisse has shown during his time at Newcastle that he can find patches of form that could make a huge difference between now and the end of the season.

A lack of regular cutting edge has been one of many problems Newcastle have had this season, while Cisse's own record of two goals from 14 Premier League games isn't the best one, the 30-year-old has shown he can find the net pretty regularly having scored 11 in 22 last season, and 13 from 14 Premier League games when he first arrived in 2012.

It will be interesting to see if he is used against Norwich, as Benitez is likely to start with Aleksandar Mitrovic up front following his equaliser against Sunderland prior to the international break, but another striking option is always welcome. 

Cisse made an appearance from the bench in that game and is likely to be used if Newcastle are going in search of an equaliser or winner this weekend.

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