Pardew Hoping Emmanuel Riviere Can Form Demba Ba Style Partnership With Cisse
There was mass relief with both Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere finding the route to goal in the last week, for nobody more so than Alan Pardew.
The manager admits that it was vital for the French striker to get amongst the goals, as with each passing game he says it becomes more and more difficult to break the duck, with players becoming hesitant when chances come their way.
“It is very important that your strikers score and the longer they go without scoring, it becomes a real problem.
“They start thinking about things a little differently, hesitating, then you start missing chances. So not so much Papiss, but Manu (Riviere) in particular, I thought it was two very important goals the other night.”
On Saturday morning at the pre-match Stoke press conference, the United boss was also asked about the possibility of playing Cisse and Riviere together;?
“I think the answer to that will evolve as we go through the season.
“For sure they will play together at some point and if we can get a combination like we had with Demba Ba and Papiss, obviously we’d be very pleased.
“So it is something (two strikers) we have used before and we will look at that again.”
One thing we surely all know, including hopefully Alan Pardew, is that Papiss Cisse can only play one place and that is as your main striker as close to the opposition’s goal as possible.
Comparisons between Riviere and Ba are a big stretch of the imagination at the moment because Demba Ba proved a real quality versatile player both at Newcastle and since he left, a bit like Loic Remy in that he has the talent to influence the game from out wide or through the middle. However, it is fair to say that the Ba/Cisse pairing ‘worked’ only in that it produced goals, with both players wanting to play as the main striker and friction clear to see.
Riviere could well prosper as a support striker or playing wider in a front three, if Alan Pardew is brave enough to put the emphasis on attack at some point.
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