Alan Pardew comments on Newcastle United team selection decision

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Former Newcastle United boss has commented on his former strikers.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has explained one of his selection decisions while at the club, speaking to The Mail.

The current Crystal Palace manager discussed why he rotated Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in central striking roles, and sticking the other out wide.

He maintains it was due to trying to balance both of the player's egos, and trying to give them both a fair crack in their preferred position.

Papiss Cisse (L) celebrates with Demba Ba after scoring Newcastle's second goalPapiss Cisse (L) celebrates with Demba Ba after scoring Newcastle's second goal

Pardew said: "Any striker playing out there also has to occupy the opposition full back to stop him from attacking regularly. Goalscorers don't always like to do this, they see it as donkey work.

"Strikers are usually the biggest egos in your group. When I was at Newcastle I alternated between Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba through the middle, with the other playing wide. My argument was to give each their feed of playing in the premier role while also asking them to play the support."

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Cisse and Ba both had moments at Newcastle where they were prolific, particularly back in 2012. 

The problem was that the pair never really hit it off as a partnership on a consistent basis, and Pardew's decision making could be a factor in that, with one asked to do the 'donkey work', rather than simply playing a 4-4-2 and letting them both do what they do best.

Demba BaDemba Ba

Ba was sold to Chelsea where he struggled for regular game time, before moving to Turkish side Besiktas, and the 31-year-old is currently playing in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua.

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