Cheick Tiote has picked up 14 yellow cards, including one in each of the last 5 games he’s played, and one red card this season.
Cheick Tiote – you would think he had just scored – what a shot!
So there’s 6 games he has missed through suspension, and it will be another three games if he picks up his 15th yellow card before the end of the season.
It’s starting to get frustrating too, because when he picked up his 14th yellow card in injury time last Saturday against Birmingham, he was seen to thump the ground in frustration.
That 14th card meant he will probably miss the last two games of the season, whereas if he was on only 13 yellows right now, he could have played in at least one of the last couple of games, probably at home, to WBA, where Newcastle have a better chance of picking up points.
We’re not thinking the lads can get anything at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but we’re very willing to be wrong about that – of course.
John Carver has talked about Tiote to the local Newcastle press today:
“It was a real shame for Cheick because he never looked like he was going to be booked against Birmingham.” “It was harsh, but he is starting to get wiser and learning what life is like in the Premier League.”
“I spoke to him before the game and had a conversation about the bookings and told him to be careful because we don’t want him suspended.”
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out, maybe it was lost in translation!” “Obviously it would not be a good way to start the season.” “But no decision has been made yet.”
“The manager will make that decision in the next few days.”
We have to be realistic and say it’s hard to believe Cheick is getting wiser when he’s got 5 yellow cards in his last 5 games, wiser about what?
It would also be silly to play Cheick in a game now, and risk him picking up his 15th yellow card, and miss some games at the start of next season.
At least Newcastle are safe from relegation now, and maybe even Alan Smith could return to the side, after resuming full training earlier this week.
Other than Smith we don’t know who would come in for Cheick – and Coloccini couldn’t because Williamson is out for the season with a broken arm after presumably some combat training last week. 😀
While we don’t expect anything at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, we don’t want to get hammered either, but there has to be an excellent chance of finishing the season with a win and on a high on Sunday, May 22nd against WBA.
That would be a terrific way of ending the season.
Howay The Lads!!