Tiote To Miss Last Two Games Of The Season

With the announcement of the Newcastle provisional squad today for the Chelsea game on Sunday afternoon,  it’s clear that manager Alan Pardew will not risk Cheick Tiote.

Cheick Tiote – in his Ivory Coast colors

With Tiote now on 14 yellow cards for the season and the Ivory Coast International has picked up a yellow card in each of his last 5 games.

The likelihood was therefore very high he would pick one up another one in the final two games and that would mean a 3 game suspension, and it would have been a little stupid to have played him in either of the last two games and risk that suspension, which would carry over to next season.

It’s even more obvious now that Newcastle are safe from relegation and will remain in a reasonable position in the league, even if they don’t gain another point.

Steve Harper is also missing from the squad after he had another minor injury on his knee this week, and is also out for the season – let’s hope that Tim Krul doesn’t get injured on Sunday.

Also out is captain Kevin Nolan, who had an ankle operation and is out for the season, and he joins Mike Williamson (broken arm), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture), Stephen Ireland (returned to Aston Villa because of ankle injury), Leon Best (ankle), Danny Guthrie (shin) and Dan Gosling (knee) .

Alan Pardew really needs to cut out that combat training (just kidding), since most of those injuries were picked up on the training field, and we are holding our breath about what could happen with injuries next season.

The provisional squad includes a number of Newcastle teenagers including Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier, Kazenga LuaLua, Greg McDermott, Ryan Donaldson and Sammy Ameobi, who is Shola’s younger brother.

Kevin Nolan (ankle) and Steve Harper (knee) are both out after surgery this week and join on the sidelines. Youngsters Sammy Ameobi – the younger brother of Shola – Kazenga LuaLua and Greg McDermott are included in the squad.

Newcastle will need to replace both Tiote and Nolan in central midfield, and we’d expect Joey Barton to get a start there, with possibly Ryan Taylor coming in on the right wing, although LuaLua could possibly get a start there too.

Who will play defensive midfield we don’t know as Alan Smith doesn’t seem to have been included  in the squad, but maybe 18 year-old Slovenian U21 International Haris Vuckic will get a run-out on Sunday in central midfield.

Haris had an excellent game at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season that Alan Pardew witnessed, and he’s just returned from a long term injury.

Provisional squad:

Krul, Soderberg, Simpson, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, S. Taylor, R. Taylor, Barton, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Tavernier, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ranger, Kuqi, LuaLua, McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi.

37 comments so far

  • pizzicatochan

    May 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I cannot imagine the strikers upfront are Shola and Sammi.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I like Cheick Tiote so much this seaon. I have no reject about Alan ‘s decision!! Good

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh please Pardew, PLEASE blood some youngsters against Chelsea. We’ve hardly got a chance with out first team, so we mat as well give some of the younger lads the chance. I reckon play our usual back four, that should help in preventing goals. In midfield, Barton and Ryan Taylor in midfield, due to their experience. Then switch Gutierrez to the right, with Ferguson on the left. Up front, Shola and Sammy Ameobi. Don’t get me wrong, Lovenkrands is a tidy player, I’m just up for giving the young lads a chance. Having watched Sammy in a reserves game a while back, he is NOTHING like his brother. First of all, he actually runs. He also possesses some amount of pace…

    Still, can see Pardew going very defensive for the game, not experimenting, or giving the young lads a chance. A 2-0 loss for us tomorrow, with all the older lads not really bothering. Which will be a shame.

  • GeordieRob

    May 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Airey doesn’t make the bench… Not saying he should play, but Sammi Ameobi has jumped a few spots to get in front of Phil…

  • carrollsinger

    May 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    It would be good to see this team
    Simmo Taylor colo Enrique
    Taylor Barton vuckic gut
    Lua lua

  • pizzicatochan

    May 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Don’t get me wrong. I think it could be a wonderful partnership to have – (SA)^2.

    If Airey is injured or tired, we should keep him away from being injured, given he’s gonna be a more regular first team player next year.

    Actually I can’t wait to see LuaLua and Richardson playing, so as Vuckic, McDermott and Donaldson.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Good, common sense has prevailed.

  • Mancgeordie

    May 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    my team for sunday would be
    simo——–saylor———-colo——el toro

    not expecting to get anything out of the game anyway may as well give some good prospects some playing time and nothing to lose may spring a surprise and ranger might even get a goal

  • niafron

    May 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Just a question:

    In France, the amount of money you got from tv’s right depend of your ranking at the end of the season.

    How doe’s it work in England? How much for each place closer from the top?

    I just want to know how important are these two games.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d like to see:


  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #11

    £800k extra per position, niafron. That’s prize money for your final league standing.

    I’m not quite sure when T.V revenue is sorted, maybe when the fixture list is announced and the channels have chosen which matches they will broadcast?

  • davybtoon

    May 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #12

    niafron – its 800,000 per place so the bottom team gets 800,000 2nd bottom 1.6m 3rd bottom 2.4m n jus keeps goin up like that

  • davybtoon

    May 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #13

    cc89 thats the team id like to see play aswell

  • niafron

    May 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    …hum…NUFC can win three position, so it’s about 2.4 millions.

    Nice Prize money.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #15

    I think 20th position begins at about £5m davybtoon, so 1st place gets approximately £21m, don’t hold me to that though.


    May 13, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #16

    “NEWSFLASH” !!

    Tim Krul is reported in the selection for his first cap with the Dutch National team ( On the tv Sports report in Holland this evening).

    With van de Saar due to retire, i am hoping that one of the so called big four ( Man.U, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City ) come calling with a big offer. What price would you all put on the Dutch national keeper?

    If he gets his first cap then we should adjust his transfer price toute de suite! mes amis!!!

  • Mancgeordie

    May 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    its not likely we will get anything from this game though niafron but play some youngstars they might spring a surprise playing with no fear and get some valuable experiance

  • Mancgeordie

    May 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    krul the future goalkeeper of dutch football

  • davybtoon

    May 13, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #19

    i wudnt sell tim krul he his an amazing keeper

  • Jose Enrique

    May 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Team vs Chelsea


    Tavernier Taylor Coloccini Ferguson

    LuaLua Barton Vuckic Gutierrez

    Ranger Ameobi

    Good mix of youth and experience 😀

  • Mancgeordie

    May 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #21

    I wouldn’t sell krul either he is going to be a class keeper like i said krul the future goalkeeper of dutch football


    May 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Good shout Jose!

    I would also Airey on the bench.


    May 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    I would,nt consider any offers for Krul! No matter how high or ridiculous!

    We got 35 Mil for a certain striker though!
    Any other clubs sniffing around would certainlt piss me off!

  • The Entertainers

    May 13, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m pleased Pards is protecting Tiote, he’s too important.

    Probable team:

    Soderberg , tavernier , McDermott, vuckic, lua lua, kuqi, ranger .

  • nicolnj

    May 13, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #25

    sad days, the day we sold ferdinand. what the heck is the management thinking??

    selling ginola, beardo and ferdy in one season!


  • Mo Drysdale

    May 13, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Lets face it, we are going to get beat so why not give the youngsters a go.



    Gutierrez–Raylor–Barton–Lua Lua–Ferguson–


    Soderberg, , Richardson, McDermott, Donaldson, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier, Lovenkrands, Shola, Ameobi, Ranger, Vuckic

    Chelskie will play 4-3-3. so I would play 4-5-1.

    Give Kuqi a swan song, he will work his tits off, as would some of the kids. Lua Lua direct and a hard worker, Fergie deserves a chance before the end of the season.

    Spidey would be a suprise on the right were I think he is better.

  • sticklebricks

    May 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Still think Tiote should be playing, the table is seperated by a very few points.

    Our results in the last couple of games could make upto 6M difference in TV money, more than what we paid for Tiote! He could be injured pre-season and miss the start of next season or even be sold!

    I wonder if we could see Colo come in at CDM and Tavernier at CB.

    LuaLua is just back from a broken leg, don’t think he should be risked!

    My team would be:




  • sticklebricks

    May 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Okay, meant to have Loverboy on the bench not Kuqi!

  • sumo

    May 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #29

    This speaks volumes to me as if we were thinking of selling cheick cheick checkoni we would of played him so i think unless an unbelievable bid comes in the summer we can guarantee the best defensive midfielder in the country will be wearing our new strip next season

  • Jezza

    May 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #30

    It looks like Tiote has played his last game for Newcastle then because I’m convinced they’re going to sell him in the summer. Leaving him out of the last two games and avoiding a possible ban for next season is all about maximising his transfer value in the window.

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 13, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone noticed only 1 senior CM in that provisional squad? and he’s been playing RM all season!

    I think this means theres a chance for a youngster to come in 😀

  • sumo

    May 14, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Jezza are you for real, do you really think missing three games would knock any value off.We sold Andy Carroll for a british record £35m and he was crocked for two months!

  • FarAwayGeordie

    May 14, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Vukcic Obviously is gonna play in midfield hence the rave reviews since the beginning of the week

  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Shola Ameobi and Sammy Ameobi as starting strikers

    Two FUTURE NO 9 !!!!

  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #35

    Do you guys think Shola Ameobi can play as a Defensive Midfielder? He look like Viera

  • bills-son

    May 14, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Brutoon – Do you guys think Shola Ameobi can play as a Defensive Midfielder? He look like Viera

    I look a mature Messi – any chance of playing for Barcelona?

  • Thump

    May 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #37

    The provisional squad has two injured players in it. One suffering a broken leg, the other recovering from surgery on a knee injury.


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