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The Newcastle striker is yet to score in the Premier League this season, and with Chelsea up next his manager has pointed to the Spaniard's recent fine form after similar struggles

Alan Pardew hopes Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse can take inspiration from Fernando Torres' return to form as he strives to end his goal drought.

Cisse was prolific when he first arrived at St James' Park in January 2012 and added another 13 goals for Pardew's side last season but is yet to score in the Premier League this term.

Pardew revealed that Cisse was low on confidence after missing a golden chance against Manchester City on Wednesday, but cited in-form Chelsea striker Torres' resurgence as proof that his fortunes could soon change.

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"I think it affected Papiss, that particular chance," Pardew told the club's official website. 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. If there's ever an example of coming out of this spell, it's Torres who's suddenly come alive. We've got to hope that happens for Papiss."

Meanwhile, Pardew confirmed young defender Paul Dummett has been offered a new contract by the club.

The Wales Under-21 international scored his first goal for the club as Newcastle secured a 2-2 draw with Liverpool earlier in the month - with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

"We have a deal in place for Paul," he said. "That's something that has been talked about since the start of the season. Whether that gets resolved, I don't know.

"Unfortunately, he's got an injury which will rule him out of Saturday. But he's on a crest of a wave, and we love him."

Dummett's absence leaves Newcastle short of options in defence after Massadio Haidara also picked up a hamstring problem against City.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are both still struggling with injuries, but Pardew is confident Newcastle's backline can cope with the threat posed by Chelsea.

"We are pretty stretched for Chelsea," he added. But we have four senior players that are playing well at the moment in our back four. Mapou [Yanga-Mbiwa] played well [on Wednesday[. That bodes well for Chelsea."

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