Cisse In Torres Mode?
Alan Pardew has promised to do all he can to prevent striker Papiss Cisse from going the same way as Fernando Torres.
Torres has managed just 19 goals in 88 games for Chelsea since completing a £50million switch from Liverpool, for whom he scored 81 times in 142 appearances.
Alan Pardew: "I am taking to him and trying to calm him, tell him that he's still he same player and we are still very confident in him.
"It's only been a small period if you compare it to, say Torres' period, but you would have to say it's something we are going to have to keep an eye on because we don't want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times.
"He's a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.
"Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are likely to be missing until February, and recent results are a major cause for concern.
"It doesn't help your mood.
"You have to lift yourself and look for the positives.
"The training ground is a negative place, to a degree, because everyone is feeling a little bit sorry for themselves, and you have to shake that out and be professional about it.
"But it does affect your mood, you can't help that, and there's a determination on our training ground to put it right.
"We are going to one of the most difficult places there is to do that, but nevertheless, that's what we are going to try to do."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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