The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Cheick Tiote Back On Tyneside – Taking A Break

11:31 am, Thursday, February 16th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

We have no idea why the African Cup of Nations is every two years rather than every four years, and of course it takes place again next January as they have decided to switch to play in the odd years from the even years.

Cheick Tiote – wore the number nine shirt for the Ivorians

So with Newcastle  being linked with Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka, maybe that would be too many African strikers at the club – three – because who would score the goals when they were away next January?

Our other African player,  Cheick Tiote is now back on Tyneside but after his action at the African Cup of Nations, where the Ivory Coast lost the final on penalties 8-7 to Zambia, he’s been given a few days off by manager Pardew, since we don’t have a game until a week on Saturday.

Alan has talked to the Ivorian and we’re sure he’s a little disappointed they couldn’t have won the African Cup of Nations – certainly they were big favorites before the final.

Cheick will report back to training on Monday along with Ryan Taylor, who is now fit from his ankle injury, to prepare for the important home league  game against Wolves.

Alan Pardew talked about Cheick  today:

“It’s about the next game now, and we’ve got Cheick coming back, and Yohan Cabaye available again,” “That’s a boost for everybody. The players are focused on putting the last game behind them.”

“We’ve given Cheick some time off. He’s had a daunting run of games but he’ll be back on Monday.” “I’ve spoken to Cheick, and he’s OK. He did a really good job out there, but unfortunately they got beat in a penalty shoot-out.”

“They came out with a lot of credit. Cheick will have another chance in the African Cup of Nations in 12 months time, and he’ll be focused on Newcastle United now.”

“He’ll be ready to go again next week, after a rest. He’ll be focused on helping his team.” “We’re in a better league position than when he left.”

“Who would have thought that we’d lose Cheick and Demba Ba, and when they returned we’d be in a better position?” “That’s credit to the players we have here.”

We expect both Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote to start in central midfield against Wolves, and that will be a massive boost for the side, as both players will want to show how much they have been missed.

Although Danny Guthrie has again done very well in the middle of the park for Newcastle ion their absence, but you have to wonder if we’d have done any better with our two top central midfielders in action at Spurs.

The defense in that game was hopeless,  and they didn’t wake up until after the half time break, but we were already 4-0 down, and while Spurs were very good, we were not – and we looked a poor defense in that first half, as the players were dragged all over the place.

Surely Newcastle will now bring in a top center-back and a top full back in the summer, who can challenge for starting positions in the back-line next season.

That’s what we’re hoping for,  and of course Steven Taylor will be fit again from his Achilles injury.

We wonder where we’d be now in the league, if Steven had been playing all season?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Newcastle News

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    bring him back now. to break the opposition

  • 2 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    actually id sooner have him at.100%
    we’ve missed him in front of our cbs

  • 3 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I bet HBA wont play against Wolves 😉

  • 4 Eastander // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I bet planb’s revenge is the only one who comments in relation to the article 😉

  • 5 WWJBD // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    If Tiote plays ahead of HBA against Wolves Pardew secretly hates him and wants to sell him 😉

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Jack i bet we play 11 HBAs against wolves just yo make indianmagpie happy

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    a bit of a strange headline

  • 8 Indian Magpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    one will do

  • 9 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    probably not. he needs to learn to do a little less. he’s good to watch but also frustrates the hell out of me

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Tiote…taking a rest? Pllleeeeaaase

  • 11 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I need to take my tablets and go and lay down for an hour, just hope I have the dream about HBA covered in synthetic cream again hhhhmmmmmm 😉

    See you later

  • 12 Indian Magpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    where do you all stand on not making changes to an unbeaten team.

    airalex and so called bigger clubs always make some changes and go on longer unbeaten runs

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Indian….was that a comment not related to HBA or Pardew? Good man…funny headline too

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Take it easy JB

  • 15 Beattie25 // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Gotta love Pardews shite that he talks

    “Who would have thought that we’d lose Cheick and Demba Ba, and when they returned we’d be in a better position?” “That’s credit to the players we have here.”

    Its a credit to the players? What that we are out of the FA cup have been thumped by all the teams we’ve played since man utd and conceded 5 goals on 2 occasions.

    You should credit the fact that arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool keep getting beat Pardew before you credit the shire players and performance recently!

  • 16 Indian Magpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    nothing to do with pardew or HBA,

    But both villa and QPR deserved something from their visit to SJP

  • 17 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    jb cracks me up sometimes. i it wrong to dream about tiote giving me firm but fair challenges for 90 minutes a night?

  • 18 Beattie25 // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    If HBA doesn’t play against Wolves then our manager has serious issues.

    He is sacrificing skill and quality for grit and determination. Grit is what you need when playing the big clubs or fighting against relegation. Quality is what you need when playing against determined clubs and fighting for Europe.

  • 19 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    agreed beattie but hba has been guilty of taking 10 touches too many and costing us goal scoring position or leaving us very exposed

  • 20 wynsleap // Feb 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Ed – you ask where we’d have been in the league if Steven Taylor had been playing?
    I think it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t have had two five goal maulings if he had been playing.
    His partnership with Colo, prior to his injury, was rock solid and his ability and courage to block and put his body in the way of shots and tackles is something Williamson should take note of.
    Yes we have missed Saylor – big time.

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Beattie….I do kinda agree with what you’re saying. However, do you think it would be better if he came out and said. “Cor….that was a tough month…Thank f**k these boys are back…the teams been playing absolute shi*e!”

  • 22 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    @21 lol.
    aye the blunt truth would hurt our morale

  • 23 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    That was in response to #15…not 18

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    My last comment on the whole HBA debate (endless bloody debate) is…I like HBA, i think he could turn out to be one amazing player. I don’t think Pardew has wanted to play him this past month, as ironically, he was trying to keep the games tight (No Tiote and no goal scorers in the team). 0-0, 1-0 games I think we’re the target whilst these big players were away. Needless to say that obviously didn’t work out as planned!

    I say judge the situation from this point on. With Tiote back and players to score some goals, Pardew should be willing to give HBA another chance and hopefully he will come good.

    Let’s see ay and stop beating this topic to death

  • 25 Troy Stavers // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Bloody hell this blog moves fast!!!

    How many threads in a day????

    You just manage to get your head round one and there’s another up!

    @jack Butler

    I’m not letting you go til you answer my post on the previous thread.

    They need to get over the Barfa thing IMO .

    He’s simply not up to it at the moment. I certainly wouldn’t sell him as he looks an absolute talent but he weakens the side with his greedy style of play. I fully understand Pardews decision.

    I posted earlier about the style of play we’ve adopted since the season started. We started off on fire, with one touch football, playing in triangles and keeping possession of the ball and frustrating the opposition. We seem to have lost all that and we seem to struggle to keep hold of the ball but still manage to get a decent result.

    Do you agree and if so, what do you put that down to?

    Answer this and I will stop stalking you.! 😉

  • 26 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Troy…I think he’s jumped ship for now

  • 27 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    As to the many threads…I think it’s Edd’s attempt to get some actual discussion happening rather than the normal tripe some seem intent on going over and over 🙂

    I think Pardews bottle went a bit after Saylors injury. He was solid for the early part of the season. With Krul, Saylor, Collo and Tiote protecting the middle, you could allow the forward players freedom to play. Without that, one slip up could easily cost us goals.

  • 28 planb's revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    we’ll see if pardew looks any more confident now his big boys are back

  • 29 shearermania // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    enough with the benny talk,,,
    new topic: gutrie or cabaye….or both of them with tiote?
    my guess is we will play 442 as he wont play ba on the left…..tiote and cabaye for me – only because weve only lost 1 when they have been partnered

  • 30 Troy Stavers // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM


    I’m sure it’s been discussed before but surely if his bottle went when we lost Saylor then he should have ensured we got a good replacement in January instead of bigging Perch up to something he isn’t.

    The irony is, he must have made Perch feel inadequate by going for Marriappa but when he failed to get him, he had to use insincere words to make feel Perch on top of the world, not!

    What’s your views?

  • 31 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    @planb’s revenge // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Even when we had our best 11 earlier in the season before the ACoN and all, we were playing hopeless football, or rather hoofball. i don’t think anything would change. he will be just as clueless.

    BUT we would scrapping important wins and that’s important. wolves will dominate us as did all the other teams as usual, but Ba will put in the back of the net for us.

  • 32 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Shearermania….Tiote and Cabaye all day long for me. Think Guthrie has done really well for us, but we don’t need the 3 of them at the same time. One needs to be the sub and for me it’s ole danny boy.

    Troy….I think Pardew did want a new CB, but only had a certain budget which got spent on Cisse, which wasn’t planned for January. They tried to get someone in, but didn’t want to pay over the odds and it back fired (again some may say).

    On Perch….If you want to talk about feeling inadequate…let’s hope he doesn’t read this blog!

  • 33 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Ilovetoon….not saying 2 games kills your point…but did stoke and united dominate us? Cos I kinda felt we did pretty well

  • 34 toonpanda18 // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I swear we haven’t lost with cabaye and tiote playing together?? Oh and I would like to say we are unbeaten with the white premier league ball 😉

  • 35 shearermania // Feb 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM


  • 36 Troy Stavers // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM


    You say;

    Let’s hope Perch doesn’t read this blog. I hope he doesn’t read any blog, newspaper or speak to any Toon fan.

    The man wouldn’t get out of bed. 🙁

    But, if you’re a pro footballer it comes with the territory and no one can expect the fans to keep schtum if they have something to say.
    This is the forum for it and not at the ground IMO .

    Of course, unless someone is not trying , then there is no problem airing your views at the ground but normally the manager would recognise it before it got that far.

    Despite Perch’s inadequacies, he can’t be accused of not trying.

  • 37 martoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    A good question Ed asks regarding Steven Taylor. I think we may have avoided the recent drubbing but still have been beat. Maye there are a couple of games which we may have scraped a draw instead of getting beat. So I think best scenario maybe a point ahead rather than behind Chelski and Arsenal

  • 38 VanToonMan // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    For me Guthrie will have to go back to the bench. It’s a little harsh on him but the fact is we are a much much better team with Tiote and Cabaye in the middle of the park. Hopefully Pardew will play HBA on the right and at least give him the first half to show what he can do…worst case scenario if he is awful….then take him off at half time and we have a whole second half to finish the game off.

    Let’s hope Pardew does this!

  • 39 John // Feb 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Cant understand why the ACON is played in Jan the year of the euro’s would it not be better to play them in Aug/Sept time after the euro’s in the same year.

  • 40 theleckworthbird // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    John – how hot would it be in Africa in August? QED

  • 41 JP...from The Rock // Feb 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    It’s funny how many fickle fans are now praising Saylor when not so long ago they were after his head and couldn’t stand him. Saylor has always impressed me since Sir Bobby gave him his debut. He was always putting his body in the line then and now he does the same but his game has developed further. When he was being bombarded with criticism I really could not understand it as he was clearly the stand out performer in defense. Now that we only have to rely on Colo and Willo it’s there for all to see how vital Saylor is to our success. He is a local lad that plays with the passion Strolla only shows in derbies. He’s experienced and along Colo they form an understanding that Willo and Colo struggle to adapt (and always will imo).

    We seriously need to improve this area of the team and our wingers. 2 defenders and 2 wingers and we’re done till Xmas.

    BUT as Lovenkrands and other dead-weights are being shipped out I expect us to cover these positions with the influx of youngsters that are already being mooted.

    We’re already been linked to loads of youngsters mainly in Europe and recently to a young Zambian forward.

    If we invest in these positions I can really see us staying in the top 6 for a very very long time if we don’t sell our key players. I’ve said this before but I can’t stop saying it as I am really excited about our chances for a top 6 spot or maybe even some silverware next season.

    Ps. THAT NAME CHANGING THING JUST KICKED ME HARD IN THE BALLS!! Disgraceful but inevitable really. If it’s put to good use then so be it. To me it will ALWAYS be St James’ Park!


  • 42 BoomBoom // Feb 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Cheick Tiote is so hard that when he dives in the sea he doesn’t get wet…………… The sea gets cheick Tiote’d!!!!!

    Pick tiote over HBA but HBA over most. 433, Guthrie tiote and cabaye, HBA ba and Guti. Done

previous post: Newcastle Interested In Top Zambia Striker

next post: The Strange Case Of Lee Clark’s Sacking By Huddersfield