Pardew – Cheick Tiote Has Kicked Everybody This Week


There are stories coming out of the club this week  that Cheick Tiote has been full of life since he returned to Tyneside, and resumed training earlier this week.

Cheick Tiote – in action at the African Cup of Nations

And the brilliant Ivorian midfielder  has revealed how devastated he was at losing the African Cup of Nations under such unfortunate conditions, when Zambia won 8-7 after the first 14 penalties had been converted, including the very first one taken in the shoot-out – by Cheick himself.

And Tiote also told us he had given away his losers’ medal, and it looks like Cheick has been taking his frustrations out this week on some of his  Newcastle team-mates. 😀

This is what Alan Pardew said at his press conference today,  when asked if Cheick had been adversely affected by his experience  in the African Cup of  Nations:

“It doesn’t look like it.” “He has kicked everybody so far, so I think he has got it out of his system this week.”

“One or two of our players have had to take the brunt of that. I think he will be all right by Saturday.”

Tiote will get a warm welcome back from the Newcastle fans at St. James’ Park on Saturday, as he showed his guts and courage in volunteering to take that first penalty for the Ivory Coast in that vital shoot-out.

Some players cringe and withdraw from the responsibility in those situations, but not Cheick Tiote.

And somehow we think the 28 times capped Ivorian could put in a sterling  performance for Newcastle against Wolves – we hope so in any case,  and if he does we should be able to get all 3 points.

The 25 year-old has already said he is very happy to be back among his friends on Tyneside, and remember this is the  lad who didn’t want to move to Chelsea just over a year ago.

He was happy enough to sign a new six and a half year deal to stay on Tyneside, and he has again been in top form for Newcastle this season – and to think he cost only £3.5M 18 months ago.

And of course Newcastle will also have Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor back on Saturday, in addition to Cheick, and Alan Pardew had this to say about the returning players:

“They are great players – one won the double last year in France, and the other almost won the African Nations Cup, but for a penalty shoot-out, so we are talking top players here.”

“They have proven that week in, week out for us, and I am delighted to have them back.” “It’s important that we put in a performance that justifies where we are in the division.”

“It does help that I have got some iconic players back, I can’t deny that, and they are all going to play.”

We’d be surprised if Alan doesn’t bring back all three of them back into  the starting line-up,  because Newcastle must get back to their winning ways,  after the big hiccup in London 12 days ago.

Howay The Lads!!

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202 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    May I stir up a storm of crap here please?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote my favorite toon player,

    hopefully he can kick some sense into pardwho

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha Tiote man! I think he should be backed in before kickoff in a steel container on the back of an artic and released like the velociraptor on jurassic park 😉

    Oh and indian – you’re slower than Shola! In yer face 1st!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    second,

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Some strong words from Pardew in the presser today concerning his players.
    Quite direct really. Looks like Cabs and Tiote are 100% sure to start, and Guthrie seems to be easily brushed away.

    Guthrie to sign a new contract? A big fat NO.

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  • tomtoon7

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    indian magpie u talk utter RUBBISH,isnt it past ur bedtime? The manager is doin a good job,we’re in the mix.So i dont understand ur constant negativity,get a life!!HWTL

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiote v Karl Henry will make a better scrap than Chisora v Haye. Should have Frank Warren promoting this one.

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  • Kjdtoon

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    hey guys can somebody answer my question please…. if man united or man city win the uefa cup does that mean there will be an extra space for uefa cup ? so we could finish 7th and still qualifly? also if liverpool win carling cup and finish in a european spot there willl be another space too? appreciated if someone can answer =)

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    @Whos Supermac
    Tiote vs Karl Henry a good scrap?
    Henry doesn’t stand a chance mate 😛 It’ll be like Tyson beating up a two month baby.
    Brutal.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Tom,

    in a hour or so mate, i agree we are in a very good place in 6th, but why should it stop us from aiming higher

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  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at an article title before haha

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #12

    tomtoon7

    I see you are incapable of critical and analytic thinking just another easily swayed child, sheep.

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Getting excited myself over the potential summer signings hopefully we will get them “over the line”….

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #14

    @indian
    Why it should stop us from aiming higher?
    Realism mate.
    We’re all hoping for CL, but few are at such a logical disfuction that they think it would actually happen.
    Let’s get real eh 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Mr daniel,

    i belive that with HBA in the team we will finsh higher in the league than without him, am i wrong to voice my opinion.

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Henrys no footballer, but hes a good scrapper. I can see it being brutal on Sat.

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  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    @Indian: Belief and realism often conflict – as it’s doing with you right now.

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  • tomtoon7

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Gorgan,i didnt need 2b analytical,i was simply stating a personnel gripe!sick of reading negativity thats all. I aint no sheep u hypocritical no all>sort ur ego out

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  • tomtoon7

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    it is a great headline,should b a great tussle in central midfield,karl henry has proved himself only 2b a thug on the field.Not bein 2analytical i hope LOL

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  • niafron

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    BOnsoir messieurs.

    Do not have alot of time, but got to say this: both Chedjou and Amalfitano are good players.

    Not too expansives, and they would perfectly suit NUFC in my opinion.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    HBA is not the messiah and alone cannot guarantee us a higher place finish this season. It is a team game. We will probably get Europa League football next season, but CL would not be good for us with such a thin squad. We’d be too stretched season to consolidate our gains this year… Patience mon amis

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #22

    * next

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully the ref will get a grip early on, an early yellow for any bad tackles might calm things down. If HBA does start I can see him being targeted for some rough treatment. Cabaye n Tiote can look after themselves, still to be seem if Cisse is up for a battle.

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  • niafron

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I would like to see less philosophy on this forum about HBA.

    If Pardew start him 4 or 5 times in a row, like some others players, feel free to have an opinion…

    The only thing i see for now is he never had his chance.

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  • Thump

    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #25

    @niafron: The point is that people are expecting Arfa to carry the club – it simply won’t happen.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Thump – Niafron is spot on and for me most people think that this is the case, folk just want to see him have a run of games, 90 minutes as well, pardew has been a dick regarding the lad.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #27

    I mentioned on an earlier thread how not going to games makes you miss important things. And Indian this is exactly my point. HBA is quality on the ball. But lately he has lost it in key areas, where other teams hurt you. But other than that off the ball the game has passed him by completely. The modern game doesn’t allow lack of work rate. Messi is relentless, with and without the ball.

    Your opinion is respected completely but you need to understand that there are reasons he isn’t in the team, and he wouldn’t get in many peoples first 11 at the minute, but hopefully that will change and we can find a role for him, as he is brilliant to watch.

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Niafron – Benny got his chance against man city, man utd and chelsea, then was left out against norwich, west brom and swansea, were’s the logic in that, plus he was decent in the manchester games, defies logic for me. and we quite clearly needed some creativity in the games were he was ‘rested’. Blows my mind how he has been used.

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  • Tommyy

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    You’re right MagpiesFlyHigh, HBA is not the messiah… Nor should he be treated as one. He is, however a very good player who we should be utilising if we want to compete at the top.
    As much as I like Ryan Taylor, Pardew frustratingly bugs him up as being some sort of great player. Decent yes, worthy of praise for his part this season, yes. But there is no way on earth he should be ahead of HBA in the pecking order. Fair enough if we are playing a top team away and we want to tighten up or whatnot, but against Wolves at home? I think Saturday will be a big indication as to whether we can really hit the top level.
    With tiote and Cabaye in the team, there should be plenty of protection for us, especially as Wolves are not a partiucuarly potent attacking threat.
    Ultimately I want (and what we should be doing) is to be tearing teams like Wolves apart at home with slick attacking movement, something HBA is a specialist at. I for one will be gutted if we don’t field our fully strongest team and that for me should include HBA, not Ryan Taylor.

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  • niafron

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #30

    @Thump

    Sorry, it could be. But sure, if he don’t ^paly three time in a row after one single bad game, and if his coach don’t want to play with him cause it do not fit his tactical plan, it won’t happen, indeed.

    One more time, i respect Pard, cause he got results, no one can question that.

    I’m just sad to see this dead end.

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  • niafron

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #31

    don’t play

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #32

    For the record though, with Tiote, Cabaye and Jonas who are all extremely hard working, I think there is a chance we could see HBA integrated in behind the front two. All depends on Demba who has been a great link man for us so far. I would love to see HBA back but understand why he isn’t starting at the minute.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh, and HBA has contributed more already this season than Obertan has in many many chances he has had. Tiote is our most important player for me. He is utterly immense. So with him as the enforcer, we should be a very very potent team on the attack now.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Sir Toon g

    the ppl you meet at SJp who are not on this blog do they also say that HBA shd nt be in the team?

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Sirtoongospel – goes to show going to matches doesnt enable you to see everthing, as when i have watched benny this year when he has lost the ball he has worked as hard as the next man to win the ball back,

    People have been brainwashed by pardew and thus are quick to criticise him if he loses the ball, he loses it no more than Jonas/Raylor/Obertan/Shola/Best who have all been selected before him and are all clearly way behind him in talent and attacking intent. After all he was bought to create and score goals not protect a substandard full back.

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  • niafron

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Until recently, i was optimistic about Pard and Beny. Was alot of possible explaination for the situation.

    But now, it’s clear. Pard do not believe in Beny, they are not made to work together, period.

    Sure, evrything can change in life, but it seem very unlikely.

    Blanc announced today the name of the players who will join the french national team for the next international break.

    And sure, Beny was not in the list. Altough he said the opposite, i think he dreamed to come back for France.

    So i don’t see the things improve after that.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #37

    HBA still has time, and the team is maybe too formative for Pards to give him a run – I think right up to the CB losses at chelski he was starting to get there, but without proper defensive cover we went into ACoN and the midfield then went fragile. I also think Pardew is still protecting him, maybe a bit from himself in some ways – he’s far to keen to impress and that is what makes him shoot his bolt and mess up. If HBA gets to play, and concentrates on playing those simple passes until the opportunities open up, I think we will see a regular. For now though, rightly he isn’t selected for the international squad which should wake him up to the fact he needs to do some thinking if he wants games, cos a move away won’t solve the problem for him, nor will there be anyone interested in taking such a fragile and mercurial talent off our hands at the moment. I really am willing him to click but his time may yet be some days off coming. Now, if he scores one of those wonder goals against the mackems……

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #38

    i mean i agree with check the toastie, HBA does try to win the ball back, he accidentally gave a penalty too against man city

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #39

    TomToon7

    boy

    “Gorgan,i didnt need 2b analytical,i was simply stating a personnel gripe!sick of reading negativity thats all. I aint no sheep u hypocritical no all>sort ur ego out”

    First of all get my name right Its gorgonzola

    second of all, if ANYBODY has en ego here its everybody on the blog, but if you mean I am exercising it I would say with your rather dire attempt to join the bandwagon against Indian Magpie clearly shows you lack one, so you need to cover that up by joining the masses…

    Pathetic…

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    The positives of playing Benny way outway any negatives, if Sir Bobby was managing the team he would play, no argument, proven as SBR had robert in the team, who was annoyingly lazy, but produced magic at times. These players win games, other players we have are responsible for protecting our goal, how many defenders do we need in the team. If Pardew picks him saturday my opinion of him will grow.

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