Since Cheick Tiote recently served a two match ban for receiving 10 yellow cards, and since then he’s played four matches for Newcastle and got a yellow card in every single one of the games.
Cheick Tiote – 14 yellow card plus one red card this season
That means one more yellow card this season and Tiote will get a 3 match ban, and that will be 9 matches he will have missed through suspension this season.
The ban will carry over into next season, and that’s hardly a good way for Newcastle to start next any season.
On the other hand, Cheick has been one of Newcastle’s very best players this season, and when he’s not in the side, Newcastle are not the same side.
And worse than that, if he misses any of the remaining two games with Smith and Guthrie both out injured, it’s an open question as to who will come in to replace him.
Alan Pardew says he has thought about resting Tiote, and if he was to do that the Chelsea game is the game to do that in.
That’s because Newcastle can beat West Brom in the very last game at home two eeks today, but even at their very best, Newcastle will have a hard job next Sunday at Stamford Bridge against an in-form Chelsea side, who have taken 25 points from their last 9 league games.
West Brom looked hopeless today at Wolves, especially in that first half, and were beaten 3-1, and that has given Wolves some chance of staying up this season, but the West Brom defense looked woeful.
This is what Alan said today about Cheick Tiote:
“I watch the DVDs, I watch him in training – I’m doing everything I can to think of a way to protect him,”
“He’s on the verge of a three-match ban again, but I’ve missed him for five games already. Do I leave him out of the last two? That would be seven he’s missed already for ill discipline.”
“That’s not right. He’s got to learn and I’ll be looking at him very, very closely next year to make sure he doesn’t get any booking that isn’t absolutely necessary.”
“He needs to control his temper. Sometimes he gets a little bit carried away in the heat of the battle.” “In the Premier League in his first year though? He’s done brilliantly.”
“And I think it is something we would rather have than him be too passive or technically poor or not quick or strong enough.”
Unless Pardew rests the Ivory Coast International, it seems almost certain he will pick up a 15th yellow card in the last two games, and will need to serve a three match ban.
Newcastle have so many injuries that they are forced to play Cheick because there’s not anybody available to cover for him, such has been the demise of the Newcastle squad this year, through injury.
But Cheick must improve his disciplinary record next season, otherwise he will be missing quite a few games again.
That’s one significant area of improvement for the 24 year old defensive midfielder.