Cisse must step up - Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping striker Papiss Cisse will return to last season's form to fire the Magpies out of trouble.
The Senegal international gave the Magpies a second-minute lead over Everton with his sixth goal of the season as compatriot Demba Ba closed in on his move to Chelsea last night.
However, it was not enough to prevent his side from slipping to a ninth defeat in 11 Premier League games as the visitors hit back to snatch a 2-1 victory.
But as the club launched the search for Ba's replacement, Pardew challenged Cisse to rediscover the touch which brought him 13 goals in 14 appearances following his arrival on Tyneside 12 months ago.
Asked if the former Freiburg frontman was relishing the role of main man, he said: "I think so, and we are hoping he has the second half of the year he had last year, where he was absolutely terrific for us and scoring goals for fun.
"That's where we need to get him."