Pardew warns Cisse of tough times
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned Papiss Cisse life in the Premier League may not always be as easy as he is making it look.
The 26-year-old Senegal international took his tally for his new club to 13 goals in just 12 appearances with a sensational double in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory at Chelsea which propelled the Magpies back into the thick of the race for Champions League qualification.
In the process, he set up a potentially thrilling clash with title hopefuls Manchester City on Tyneside on Sunday with Newcastle eyeing a top-four finish and a European adventure.
However, Pardew, who has worked with a series of top strikers including City's Carlos Tevez during their time together at West Ham, knows there are likely to be tougher times ahead.
"It's early days - this is only half a season. 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," he said.
"At the moment, we are just running along with him. It's early days for Papiss and he has really hit the ground running."