Papiss Cisse lose his form to such a drastic level that he is compared to Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.

The Senegalese international has only managed to hit the back of the net once in the Premier League and only three times in all competitions so far this season.

The 27-year-old signed from Freiburg for a figure believed to be in the region of £10million in last January’s transfer window and 10 months on is struggling to replicate the start he made to life at St James’ Park.

Cisse managed to score 13 league goals last term as the Magpies managed to secure a surprise fifth place finish.

Pardew is keen to get his striker back in a rich vein of form and scoring goals as soon as possible with Newcastle failing to win in their last 4 Premier League outings.

“I am talking to him and trying to calm him, tell him that he’s still the same player and we are still very confident in him,” Pardew told Press Association Sport.

“It’s only been a small period if you compare it to, say Torres’ period, but you would have to say it’s something we are going to have to keep an eye on because we don’t want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times.

“He’s a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.”

Newcastle take on Stoke City tonight at the Britannia stadium in a 19.45 kick off.