Cheick Tiote showed on Tuesday night against the Red Devils just how important a player he is for the Newcastle side.
Cheick Tiote – a great player for Newcastle
It’s great that the Tyneside club have signed this lad up on a contract through June of 2017, but we still know that doesn’t necessarily say that a huge offer for him in the summer will not be accepted by owner Mike Ashley.
But we have to hope that the Andy Carroll affair is the last time that will happen for a long long time – here’s hoping.
Cheick has missed six games through suspension this season, and has picked up 11 yellow cards and a single red card at Stevenage in January.
Cheick talked about his many bookings this season, his very first season in the Premier League:
“I’m a defensive midfielder,” “To have got 11 bookings is maybe too much but I do my job and I have to tackle. Maybe next season I will get less bookings. Maybe I tackle too much.”
“The manager hasn’t said anything to me, because he knows if I don’t tackle, I’m not the same player.” “The referees are different in England. If you do something wrong they give you a yellow card straight away. I’ve had to learn that.”
“You can hear the cheer when I get a tackle right,” “They love this type of player. There’s not too many players who do that but you need to work for the team, and if you do they recognize that. I’ve never played for fans like that.”
Pardew may not have said anything to him recently, like since the Red Devils game, because he was so upbeat about Newcastle’s excellent performance on the night, in front of almost 50,000 home fans.
But it’s an area Cheick has to improve next season, but Alan admits it will be very hard for Cheick, ad he said today:
“He can’t change his game. He’s a fully committed midfielder into the challenges,” “He’s going to get bookings but there are one or two he’s taken that are unnecessary and that’s the point.”
“Sometimes he shows frustration and that can boil up into a referee getting upset with him and booking him for a tackle he might not have got booked for.”
“It’s part of the game where the Referee’s Association, UEFA, FIFA and maybe managers have a little problem because the art of tackling and of the physical battle is taken out of the game and it’s taken something away from the game,”
“I’m not talking about the World Cup final where people were genuinely fouling each other.” “In the Premier League you see a lot of honest tackles and some of the bookings for minor fouls put players on edge and all of a sudden a team is down to ten men.”
“I will guarantee it’ll cost some team maybe even staying in the Premier League for a sending-off this season.” “A mistimed challenge, it’s so quick now you could miss it by a millisecond. People are diving and not getting booked. I don’t think that’s the right agenda if I’m honest.”
“The Premier League is different to Holland because there are more styles of play. In Holland everyone’s technical, they play more football. But in England it’s different, you have everything in the Premier League.”
Alan is right to be worried about Tiote’s disciplinary record, because when he’s missing from the Newcastle side, we miss his bite and command in the middle of the park.
And to think this lad only cost Newcastle £3.5M from FC Twente last summer, and how much is he worth now?
Another tremendous buy for the Newcastle club, and of course Cheick is already a hugely popular player on Tyneside – a match made in heaven no less.
For the record, the game against the Red Devils was Cheick’s 25th appearance for Newcastle United this season, with that one wonderful goal against Arsenal – so far.