Combative Cheick Tiote – A Leopard Can’t Change His Spots


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.

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7 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I would hate CT to take the aggressive tackles out of his game, yes the suspensions and bookings hurt, but he would be half the player without those challenges. A competent backup player for him in the summer has to be a good investment, perhaps a young lad that can just fill in when CT is suspended, otherwise act as understudy.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    BOOM BOOM Cheik

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  • sweendog

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    G agreed .. he should keep his style .. the yellow card against Man U was a complete Joke .. as for backup thats required unless Gosling fits the bill .. mind you I’d like somebody like Leroy Fer .. play the both of them and Arfa in the middle .. with guti on the right and Zogs on the left .. and a top striker .. some team there..

    Lukaku?
    Arfa
    Zogbia/Turan Fer Tiote Guti

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  • connor_nufc

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Signing of the season

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  • G

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Sweendog, I seem to remember Gosling playing DM for Everton, and it wasn’t really suited to his game if I’m honest. Am thinking a young kid from the unknowns, or even have a look at our own sprogs, to bring into the squad to learn from him. If even half his skills rub off on a youngster, then we will have decent back up.

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  • tjshawsey

    Apr 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair to him he got a red card for nothing against stevenage. He’s also got some harsh yellow cards so don’t read too much into those stats.

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 22, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Cheick is worth more than his value. Without his interception will the team be still the same in the midfield battle? I dnt think so.

    We loss the ball too much and he tried to win the ball back more often as a result.

    When we have another midfield who can control the ball well then his role will be lift. I believed less yellow card.

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