The weakness of the Newcastle squad is showing through at the moment.
Cheick Tiote with manager Alan Pardew
That’s because when we are missing kep players like Joey Barton and Jose Enrique we are not the same side, and we know that Jose will miss tomorrow’s game at the Britannia Stadium but we are hoping that Joey will be back from his thigh injury after missing the last two games, at the last moment.
And the fact that both Cheick Tiote and captain Kevin Nolan are on 9 yellow cards means that just one more caution will see them miss two games through suspension, and Cheick and Kevin are two of those very important players for the Newcastle team.
Alan Pardew will hope they will play without that affecting their game, although it’s only human nature to hold back a bit when you find yourself in that situation.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the yellow cards and Cheick and Kevin:
“You have to ask them to play their normal game and not hold back, but of course they are aware of it.” “An example would be Everton’s first goal – when Saha controlled it and laid it back to Arteta, who skipped past Cheick.”
“Now, Cheick might have brought him down, because he was the last midfield player in the line and he didn’t and he is on nine yellows.” “Whether that was because of that situation, that is the sort of fine lines you are talking about.”
“The two players on nine yellows are Cheick and Kevin.” “They are very, very important players and we cannot afford to lose them for two games.”
“I remember Cheick having a few little words with the referee against Everton and Kev coming over and dragging him away.” “We are all very conscious of it, I think – you cannot not be conscious of something like that.”
“So it does play a slight negative role, if I am honest.” “It is a valid point. If I was on nine bookings, I would be looking to protect myself a wee bit.” “However, there will be no extra instruction from me on that, I don’t think I could do that.”
The fact that we badly miss some key players at Newcastle is proof positive that the squad doesn’t have enough quality, and we have to hope that Newcastle try their very best to hold onto both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton in the summer.
The news coming from the local papers on Tyneside suggest Jose may well be on his way, and probably to AC Milan, so the club may have already lost that battle, but you never know, Jose may have a change of mind and want to stay at the Newcastle club.
But we need more quality brought in this summer, and it’s good that’s what Alan Pardew is after, and we would hope that Newcastle can ship 5 fringe players out in the summer, and bring 5 quality players in.
Then we would be all set for next season, and hopefully an attack on the top six in the Premier League.
That’s what we’re hoping for in any case.
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