No Injury Problems – Tiote, Cabaye Huge Players For Magpies


There’s no doubt that Cheick Tiote and Yohan  Cabaye will be big players for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Yohan Cabaye – important player on Sunday

And the game will very much depend on how they can control  the central midfield as Sunderland are expected to flood their midfield to hold Newcastle at bay.

Cheick hasn’t exactly had the greatest preparation this week as he has had to travel to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

And  he played the whole game in a meaningless 0-0 draw with Equatorial Guinea, and that was after Cheick had been away for six weeks at the African Cup of Nations.

Cheick will rejoin training today at Benton, as he arrived back from the Ivory Coast yesterday, and it seems that all our players are fit and ready for Sunderland,  following the International games, as Alan had this to say today:

 “I don’t anticipate any problems. At the moment we are OK.”

Yohan Cabaye didn’t have a good second half last Saturday, but he did have a run-out for just over an hour on Wednesday night as France beat Germany 2-1 in Bremen.

That was Yohan’s 10th cap for France after only making his France  debut a short 18 months ago,  when he was a second half substitute in the friendly game against Belgium in August of 2010, under new manager Laurent Blanc.

Alan talked about signing Yohan for Newcastle last summer from French Champions Lille:

“It was a no-brainer,” “He’d won the double in France and not only that but he was the creative force. Zinedine Zidane gave a quote once when he said what made him special was that he never thought about his first touch because he knew he would control it. Cabaye is a bit like that.”

“We have got big players now. Demba Ba feels like he’s a big player, Fabricio Coloccini does, Tim Krul does. Now we are looking at the core of a team – Cheick Tioté, Cabaye, Papiss Cissé – and you are saying ‘on a given day, that team’s got a chance against anybody’.”

Both Tiote and Cabaye  were a little rusty last Saturday, since they hadn’t played together for Newcastle since the Manchester United game on January 4th, so we suppose that expecting them to be straight back to their best was asking a little bit too much.

But they will hopefully be a lot better this Sunday afternoon, and the result of this game will depend a lot on just how these two central midfielders perform for Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

Note:

We want to pass on a message from Thomas Chan, Vice Chairman, The Hong Kong Newcastle United FC Supporters Club.

The Live match vs Mackems is being shown live from Hong Kong at Cable TV CH200/300, and there will be an official Supporters Club gathering begin at 7:30 pm (Hong Kong time) to watch the live match together with some local Toon Army at Trafalgar Bar in Wanchai.



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29 comments so far

  • tomtoon7

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    hopefully cabayes(who i rate highly)midwk perfomance 4his country can give him confidence goin into Derby game.We need a top drawer game from our French playmaker!!HWTL

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank god he didn’t list Simpson in his ‘big players’ list 😉

    Or Shola, who is literally big.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    ============Krul============
    Raylor===Colo===Wilo===Santon
    ===Cabaye===Tiote===Jonas===
    ===========HBA===========
    =======Ba=======Cisse======

    Against Sunderlands 451 this formation provides both cover and threat on the counter.

    We cannot play the 442 in this game IHMO, Sunderland have good pace in their team in Sessegnon and Campbell, We need to boos it in CM. This team alows that and also maximeses our goal threat…Anyone agree?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Colo-Sus, same one as in the earlier post right?

    Dig it 😉

    I would actually like Pardew to field that exact formation 🙂

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    colosus – id swap Jonas for guthrie mate, that would give us some invention, good ball retention etc, jonas looks knackered lately, could do with a rest!
    Think i’ve shouted on the rooftops here that i don’t think HBA has earnt a place in the starting line up, but i agree, give him that number 10 spot and lets see what he can do, i really think the only way he’ll get sharp is with consecutive games and we might have to watch 2 or 3 poor games from him before he gets into his stride! 1 thing Hatem has always been, in france, for the national side etc is a big game player! Sunday is a big game, i think he’d revel in it!

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    strange quote pards – “demba ba feels like hes a big player…” surely just saying “demba ba IS a big player” would be better?

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  • martoon

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Colo – I like your team but I am not convinced it will stop us getting overrun against 5 man midfield. I think we will possibly match up to them with 5 in midfield also. Maybe Guthrie or even Perchinho instead of Cisse.

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  • shearermania

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    4-2-3-1 for me …problem is who plays where…but personally i think the dutch model is the best to dominate possesion and create chances….
    i can understand pardews going with 442…i think its working for us. yes we had an off day against wolves (more due to the lads thinking they already won it after 20 min)…..but in the end i dont think its too much about the formation, its more of being able to use the ball and make runs, being ready to receive the ball…etc…with cabaye and tiote we should be able to match them in midfield playing 442…

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Jayphoto

    I was almost typing Guthrie as well into that team and I know what you mean, The only reason I went with Jonas was his work rate. He covers alot of ground and has the Derby experience and mentality for me, Also he will but fouls from Clattermole for fun. I think with HBA him and Cabaye in the team we have enough creativity in there not to mention our strikers.

    Inaddition Tiote and Cabaye and to a lesser extent Jonas are all tough tacklers and thatsd needed on Sunday.

    I agree that HBA has not deserved a start on Form or effort rescently, I was in your camp there, but I agree with you that I think Sunday Is perfect for him.

    HWTL

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Jesper

    No same one mate,

    yeah the wingers thing is intersting, Ive been saying for a while on here that with the exeption of Marveaux, our wingers are poor crossers of the ball, I dont think we use them enough as an attacking threat really… Alot of our goals this season have come from a central threat, thats whay i think this setup works, as it also gives you that Full back cover if you need it

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  • shearermania

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    colosus…im not too keen on your formation sorry mate…i feel that the main threats from the scum its from either wing larsson and mcclen…with your formation theres no width and would be easy to over load…..i do like it in an attacking sense though, but cant see it in real terms

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Guthrie instead of Jonas? No. We will be mauled by a 5 man mackem midfield with guthrie in there, he’s not a starter for me.

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  • martoon

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Jayphoto @6 – I took that to mean that maybe Ba’s confidence was quite low after the Stoke rejection and WH relegation but now he feels like a top premeiership player.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Martoon

    A very good point,

    Here is my logic however-

    The 451 Sunderland play is in effect a three man Central Trio with Cattermole and Colback, and the young irish lad the back bone, the only difference is the wingers they use and one lone striker.
    Therefore I feel our CM 3 could handle that with relative ease.,

    One way to be certain of being over-run is to play 442

    What do you think mate?

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    think the media are giving sunderland and Martin o’niell more credit for being a good side than is deserved! true hes picked up some results, but i’ve watched them a fair bit and they get dominated in every game! The football isnt great either, much worse than we are playing! They have 1 outstanding player, 2 very good players but the rest wouldn;t get near our starting 11! Knowing martin o’niell they’ll sit deep and try and hit us on the counter, got a feeling demba ba might get us a couple goals! The interesting battle will be danny simpson against James McClean, dannys gonna need to be on his toes i think! No way we can play ben arfa right mid as he won’t give simpson the protection, id actually move jonas to the right just to help out because nearly all the scums attack come down their left hand side! On our left hand side i think HBA and santon will have joy as larsson doesn’t track back much and they are limited in pace! Looking forward to cabaye vs cattermole too! (doubt cattermole would dare take on Mr T!)

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Shearmania

    Yeah I see what you are saying and Mclain, (name escaped me before) is a worry for me. However Larrson lacks pace from open play is not and I think Santon could handle him with ease.

    The idea behind that three man central set up is that it acts as a screen, the three players stay disciplined in positional terms and sweep across the pitch, covering flank attacks. Ie if We are attcked on the left, Cabaye covers the Full back with Tiote Moving in fornt of the Back 4 and Jonas covering Diagonal balls and runs in behind.

    What you think mate?

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  • shearermania

    Mar 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    to be honest we never really play a 442 whenever we defend ba is dropping back and its more of a flat 4411….which probably become a bit too defensive and allow the opposition to dominate possesion but mainly because when we win the ball theres too many bodies infield and no width….(sometimes its better to keep both strikers on top so the can run the channels so that our direct style (hoofball) actually can work

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Quick note away from the footie – bit civilised on here for once! Actual debates about opposition and tactics and genuine toon fans looking forward to the match!! Its like a throw back to a different time! nice to see!

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Shearmania

    Just re read your 4-2-3-1 post and think it has a great deal of merit. Its actually my favourite tactic, but it would mean One of our Dembas playing Wider perhaps

    But this Could Work:

    ============Krul============
    Raylor===Colo===Wilo===Santon
    ========Cabaye==Tiote======
    ==HBA===============Jonas
    ===========Ba============
    ==========Cisse===========

    Ba likes that role apparently

    Any thoughts?

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  • shearermania

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #20

    colosus not worried about larssons pace its his crosses and set pieces, they are deadly – i will go as far as saying his are the best in the league…..

    like your formation and your thoughts about it but i think you are giving our players too much credit…its an aawful lot of ground to cover for cabaye and jonas…
    as i said i dont think its that much about formation – more about ability and confidence, descision making etc

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  • Neil

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Surely we can’t start throwing in a new formation before a game of this magnitude? If I were playing FIFA or Champ Man then I would but not real life stuff where we haven’t really done any work on different formations!

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  • shearermania

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    colosus….exactly my thoughts that one (4231) with ba behind cisse…..

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s a funny coincidence Ed I am going to watch the match at Trafalgar Bar also but in Gibraltar with fellow Geordies 🙂

    I hope we win it as it would lift the team and fan morale again. We need it after heavy losses.

    MON has got them playing well so I expect a close match. Though I have faith in our potent strike force and they will be a threat no doubt. 2-1 for the Toon Ba and Cisse to score.

    HWTL

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Shearmania

    The thing with both those formations is that one becomes the other, should circumstances dicate a shuffle.

    I think we are agreed that the same 11 players should start in whatever role.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #25

    @Colo-Sus & Shearermania
    I think the 4-2-3-1 shearermania mentioned could counter Sunderland’s 4-5-1 formation.

    I agree Colo-Sus, if we go 4-4-2 there is a slide chance we’ll get overrun. And it will not be the first time that’s happened 😉 lol

    The important thing for me is that we keep in tight; short distance between the line, keep possession and move and pass.

    The I am confident we will beat them 🙂

    HWTL

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  • cestriasteve

    Mar 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Martoon,Perch being anywhere near the pitch on Saturday would surely signal that Alan Pardew is a secret Mackem .

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Ok,AP says that Cabaye and Tiote were a bit rusty but makin them play against 3 in the middle is asking a but much through a game.
    Great core of a team but it’s a leaky team in other areas.
    Roll on the summer of quality (nearly) freebies
    A team that can play ball and hold the ball from the opposition like the gunners do.

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  • max

    Mar 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    stay

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  • Ollie666

    Mar 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardew needs to stop feeling sorry for bad players and mix up the formation

    Krul
    Simmo(no other option)Willo Colo Santon
    Tiote
    Guthrie Cabaye Jonas
    Ba Cisse

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