Newcastle intend on using Chelsea striker's resurgence against them

Alan Pardew

Goal-barren Senegal international can be inspired by the return to form of Blue Spaniard, says Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

Chelsea fans may be overjoyed by the renaissance that Spanish hitman Fernando Torres is currently enjoying but Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew may be banking on using the Blues forward's resurgence against them on Saturday, by calling on his own goal-shy striker - Papiss Cisse - to follow his example.

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Barren in the Premier League thus far this season, Cisse's sole contribution has come in the League Cup, when he opened the Mapgies' account on the half hour mark of the third round. He was afforded an opportune moment to double his tally for the season on Wednesday evening, but squandered the extra time effort when he saw his chance blocked by Costel Pantilimon.

'[That particular chance] affected Papiss,' said Pardew to nufcTV.

'He always gives everything for us but that seemed to hurt him, that he didn't take that chance. He wasn't quite the same after that. But that's what it's like for strikers and he's got to keep going.'

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For inspiration on how to turn a misfiring spell into a productive one, Pardew called on Cisse to study Torres, the much maligned Chelsea striker who long failed to replicate his Liverpool and Atletico Madrid form for the Stamford Bridge side, only to prove to Jose Mourinho precisely what he was missing when he returned a brace against Schalke 04 and was an ever-present nuisance against Manchester City, scoring the winner at the 90th minute death.

'If there's ever an example of coming out of this spell,' added Pardew, 'it's Torres, who has suddenly come alive. We've got to hope that happens for Papiss.'

Who is more likely to score on Saturday when these two sides play each other, Torres or Cisse? Let us know in the comment section below.

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