It would appear that Cheick Tiote has played his last game for Newcastle United this season.
Cheick Tiote– could have played last game this season
As we reported yesterday, Tiote is now on 14 yellow cards for the season, and if he picks up just one more yellow card he will be suspended for 3 matches, and that will carry over to next season.
And with Chelsea now essentially out of the race for the title, and West Brom in mid-table, it seems Alan could leave Tiote out of the side for the last two games of the season, and avoid Cheick getting a three match ban.
And to make matters worse, Cheick didn’t pick up his booking until injury time in Saturday’s game, and Alan Pardew must have been pulling his hair out when that happened.
And it seems that Cheick Tiote, in his very first season in the Premier League, has now equaled the all time record set by Robbie Savage for the most number of yellow cards in a PL season. Oh my.
This is what Alan said about Cheick today:
“He would miss three games at the beginning of next season and he is very important to the team,” “Had Chelsea won I would have had a commitment to field my strongest team.”
“I don’t think he is like Robbie Savage,” “His tackling is usually well-timed but he is aggressive and he just needs to tone that down a bit.”
“I thought he was so controlled against Birmingham and his booking was so really unlucky but some of the others are things he has to concentrate on.”
“I will look at all the bookings through the summer with him, all 14, and make him understand that four or five of those definitely shouldn’t be happening.”
Tiote has already served a one match ban for getting 5 yellow cards, a two match ban for getting 10 yellow cards, and Cheick also got a three match ban for being sent off at Stevenage in January.
It must be a little disconcerting to Alan Pardew, when he’s so desperate to get as many points as possible in the last two games of the season, that he’s almost forced to leave out one of his very best players.
We’re not even sure who will come in for Tiote, with Newcastle’s injury list so large at the moment.
Cheick’s disciplinary record is very poor, and it points to an area of his game that the Ivory Coast International just has to improve on next season.