The Senegal international has scored just one competitive goal for the Magpies since April, which came in a Capital One Cup win over Leeds United in September, and has since been supplanted in the starting XI by the QPR loanee, who boasts six in his first eight games for the club.
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"I think Papiss is a very good player," he told The Journal. "He showed a lot of things when he arrived and he scored a lot of good goals and a lot of important goals but, without the struggle, there is no success.
"Sometimes when I was at Marseille I was the same. I went a long time without scoring and it is frustrating for a forward to go through those patches but I think he just needs one goal to start again and find his confidence.
"It's difficult when you are not scoring because you can maybe try too hard but I know how he feels because I have been in that situation before.
"I'm not worried about Papiss, I think he just needs one goal and he will find his confidence again. He needs to get it as soon as possible - for the team but also for himself - and then we will see the real Papiss again."