Alan Pardew insists that Papiss Cisse can still have a future at Newcastle United.
The 28-year-old Senegal striker has had a dismal season in front of goal with just one to his name this season, and that was a penalty.
Cisse was strongly linked with a move away from Newcastle in January, but he he remained on Tyneside and Pardew has not given up on the player who made a huge impact on the Premier League when he arrived in 2012.
"Papiss isn't the type to blame anyone - he looks to himself," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
"He's obviously desperate for a goal, and that could kick-start him.
"This weekend he might have the opportunity to do that.
"I certainly hope he does. I think he's a good guy, and he's done well for us.
"We want to get him back playing at his best again."