We covered Cheick Tiote’s dilemma this morning, that he is out for the rest of the season, because of his 14 yellow cards.
Cheick Tiote – he can learn from this season
But of course he would have loved to play at Chelsea, where two of his Ivory Coast team mates, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou play up front as strikers, and we don’t even know if Cheick will be traveling down with the squad for the game – we hope he is.
The Newcastle manager told Sky Sports news that he thought Tiote may sulk:
“He wants to play. He’s not happy and he will probably go home and sulk this afternoon.”
“No one is more disappointed than me. I love the boy and I want him to play, but I can’t afford to miss him for two games next year, I just can’t.”
“He misses this one and he will probably miss West Brom – that will be eight games for me and I can’t afford that.”
“We have had Hatem (Ben Arfa) out all year and we lost Andy Carroll, so to have Cheick missing for eight games is a hell of a handicap to carry.”
“And we have done it really, really well as a group. We have been terrific.” “But at some point, you need your best players on the pitch.”
“And he is one of my best players. That’s something we have definitely got to sort out next year.”
We’re not sure why Alan put in that comment about Tiote sulking – it seems a little harsh – but there again maybe that’s what Tiote has already been doing.
Alan Pardew has made the right decision on Tiote, and rather than sulking, Cheick can take this as a chance to improve his game, by knowing when he needs to tackle and when he doesn’t need to dive in.
Cheick is already such a very good player that this little episode can be the spring board to becoming an even better player.
That be a combative central midfielder who doesn’t pick up too many yellow cards, and is therefore able to play the vast majority of games every season.
Players at Newcastle, just like the rest of us, are learning things all the time.