It’s Not Acceptable That Tiote Has Missed So Many Matches

Newcastle lost another three players last week, out for the season.

Cheick Tiote – unbelievable goal

Those were Kevin Nolan, who had an ankle operation, Steve Harper, who has a minor knee operation, and Cheick Tiote who will not be risked in the final two games because he currently has 14 yellow cards, and another caution will see him get a 3 game suspension.

Cheick has been banned for 6 games this season, his first in the Premier League, because of his yellow cards and that one sending off in the FA Cup 3rd round disaster at Stevenage.

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not try to change  Tiote’s combative style on the field,  but thinks the 24 year-old has to learn when to make a challenge and when to simply jockey the other player, and not dive in with a tackle.

Pardew talked about Newcastle’s top defensive midfielder today:

“I’m not going to change his game, it’s not about that,” “It’s not about changing his attitude or his approach to the game. With the experience he has got this year, we can teach him not to get involved sometimes.”

“Why make a challenge there? Why not jockey him?” “With his great speed he doesn’t sometimes need to go into a challenge, it’s just little adjustments that could make a big difference next season.”

“I had a chat with Steve McClaren about him and he was highly competitive in Holland, but I don’t think he had issues with suspensions.” “I think the player’s reaction when he got booked last weekend said it all really and that was the same reaction I had.”

“I was desperate for him to get through these three games without picking up a booking, just to see if he could do it. He needs to learn.” “I thought he was so unlucky against Birmingham because it wasn’t a bad challenge.”

“It’s not acceptable for him to miss so many games because of suspensions. We are going to talk about it and we are going to work on it.” “We’re going to modify how he responds to certain situations. Some of those bookings could have been avoided.”

For the record Tiote has played 28 times for Newcastle this season with one stupendous and unforgettable goal against Arsenal, and without those suspensions the 19 times capped Ivory Coast International could have made 36 appearances for Newcastle.

There’s no doubt he’s been one of Newcastle’s very best players,  and will likely figure high in our Player Of  The Season annual poll, which we’ll put up  after our final game against WBA on May 22nd – we hope the lads can win that game.

Newcastle are now in a little bit of a quandary for the last two games of the season, with so many first team players being out for the season.

We expect Joey Barton to be brought into central midfield, and maybe young Haris Vuckic will get a run out there too, but other than that we have no idea who will be replacing Nolan and Tiote on Sunday in the center of the park at Stanford Bridge.

And with Newcastle’s top scorer and captain out for the season, we wonder where the goals will come from, so if Newcastle can indeed pick up 3 points in their final two matches,  it will be job well done.

That’s what we are hoping for.

What do you think the team will be for Sunday?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    When Gosling is back, he be a decent cover for Tiote

  • toonfan09

    May 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    he is back next season and he wouldnt really be decent cover because he is completely different player to tiote…using him as a defensive mid would be a waste

  • jimmymagpie

    May 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not sure that Gosling is coming back. The club have gone very quiet since telling us he would be back in 3 weekas, nearly 2 months ago. Another faux pas by the medical team!

  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    i am referring to next season, if Gosling is fit then Tiote can still be Tiote (with the yellow cards)

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Vs Chelsea


    Tavernier Taylor Coloccini Ferguson

    LuaLua Barton Vuckic Gutierrez

    Ranger Ameobi

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Cheick will definitely be getting my vote for player of the season!! 🙂

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Vuckic is injured isnt he.

  • jimmymagpie

    May 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Brutoon – I was also referring to next season.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    i dont think NUFC s medical team is good enough they should be fired

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Order of best players this season

    1) Tiote
    2) Barton
    3) Nolan
    4) Enrique
    5) Coloccini

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    In eds post yesterday it said Pardew has named the 18 man squad for chelsea was on the list. I thought he was injured as well

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    * and vuckic was on the list

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    i saw somewhere that airey donaldson tavernier and mcdermott went in the sqaud.the 18 man match day sqaud wont be named yet will it? just the 20 odd players that travelled

  • samag

    May 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    I rate tiote as the only player with a secured spot in the team. everyone else really needs a youngster hot on their heals. our first team are very safe and due to injuries and a tiny squad there is no competition for places on the field barring GK. captain tiote!! and bring in some competition and keep the players fit, we’ll challenge for positions higher up the table!

  • benarfastar

    May 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    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.

    Against Chelsea


    Simpson Coloccini S. Taylor Jose
    R. Taylor Barton Vuckic Jonas
    Ameobi Ranger

  • Oleg G

    May 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Jose Enrique

    Do not agree with you on that mate:

    1. Tiote
    2. Baton
    3. Jonas
    4. Jose
    5. Best

    Why Best? Because he came through when we needed him. He is not a start and not our top 5 player, but this season he helped us when we needed him before he got injured.

    Nolan is in the Top 10 but not my pick for the top 3. He is slow, Lazy and acts like a youngster sometimes. Yes, he scored good amount of goals this season, but I think that all in all our team cannot be judged by how many goals they scored, because we are just bad at that all together.

    I think what makes a player is his all around attribute to the teams straights, speed, Creativity, Ability to create chances and scare the other team on the other hand, fighting, defending and sacrificing for the team and giving it everything you got 100% all the time.

    Barton is above Jonas only because of the personal progress we see he made this season.

    Also would maybe put there our 2 GKs, they have great games this season.

  • Oleg G

    May 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Brutoon – Tiote can be Tiote, but he can do that without so many Yellow cards. He just need to run and not jump,tackle, fall, keep running with the player and take the ball away from him by pressuring him. Tiote is very good in doing that.


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