Newcastle boss Pardew delighted with No9 Cisse

GREAT START ... Papiss Demba Cisse.
GREAT START ... Papiss Demba Cisse.

ALAN Pardew says he couldn’t be happier with Newcastle United’s latest No9 ahead of former hero Andy Carroll’s return to St James’s Park.

Papiss Demba Cisse has netted five goals in as many starts for the club he joined in January, a year after Carroll’s controversial £35m sale to Liverpool.

Cisse, pictured, was handed the No9 jersey after joining from Freiburg, and the responsibility that comes with the shirt doesn’t seem to weigh heavy on the Senegal interantional’s shoulders.

Pardew added: “You need a great start, and he’s had that.

“I don’t know how many No9s have started as well as he has, but the best ones will probably have similar figures – five goals in five games. That bodes well.”

Pardew’s looking forward to seeing Cisse and strike partner Demba Ba take on Kenny Dalglish’s side at St James’s Park tomorrow.

“I’m happy with all our strikeforce,” Pardew told the Gazette. “They’re all in really good form.

“Demba could’ve had two goals last week. He was a centimetre away crom Cisse’s first goal, and got fouled for his second.

“He’s done particularly well. I think our fans are looking forward to seeing us Sunday.

“We haven’t been firing on all cylinders at home, but they saw a return to form at West Brom. Hopefully, we can take that into Liverpool.”