Pardew wary of tough times ahead for Cisse at Newcastle

The 26-year-old has been in outstanding form since his January move but the Magpies manager insists his Senegalese striker will not always have things his own way
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned Papiss Cisse that life in the Premier League will not always be as easy.

The 26-year-old has scored thirteen goals in just twelve appearances since his £10million move from German club Freiburg in January.

But, despite Cisse's stunning form for the Magpies, Pardew has warned the player of the lows that life in the Premier League can bring.

"It's early days - this is only half a season,” he told reporters.

“His confidence is very, very high - at some point, it will be low, and that's when maybe me and my staff need to kick in.

"At the moment, we are just running along with him. It's early days for Papiss and he has really hit the ground running."   

Cisse scored an incredible double against Chelsea in midweek to boost his team’s ambitions of Champion League qualification.

The 50-year-old boss admitted the Magpies scouting team were getting their just rewards for finding the Senegalese forward but insisted that his work ethic has been a huge factor.

"You have to say that that's true, but we also have a great work ethic at the training ground, which I think is easy to buy into,” he added.

"We also have a great spirit and of course Demba [Ba], who has had to suffer, really, after Papiss' arrival in terms of working for the team, has helped him settle in and made it a lot easier for Papiss.

"But at the end of the day, he has still got to play brilliant football and score goals, and that's what he does. His confidence is very, very high, as he showed against Chelsea.

"Really, he perhaps should have run that [the ball for his second goal] into the corner, and he took a chance because he knew it was a chance for him, as slim as it might have been for the rest of us.

"That's the sort of confidence level he is at."