Alan Pardew has said he will not risk Cheick Tiote tomorrow, if he is not fully fit from his thigh strain.
Cheick Tiote – in action for the Ivory Coast earlier this year
An in-form Cheick Tiote will no doubt be crucial to Newcastle’s 10 game run-in to the season, and our possible qualification for the Europa League.
Danny Guthrie hasn’t had a start for a while, and with his contract running out at the end of June, he will be keen to impress for Newcastle, and he has never let the side down this season, so if Cheick cannot make it then Danny is an obvious deputy.
Mehdi Abeid, fresh from his exploits in the Newcastle Reserves 0-0 draw with Blackburn at Benton earlier this week, could also come in for the Ivorian defensive midfielder.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“I can’t risk him for the last nine games, but if he can play there will be no stopping him.” “Cheick has a strain and Danny Simpson is the same, so both are touch and go for Sunday.”
“Ryan Taylor is out. There will be a late decision on the team and we’ll have to see how training goes today.” “I think I will be picking the team from the dressing room tomorrow.”
“It isn’t ideal, but Monday was a tough, tough game.” “The mood has been one of fatigue, not mentally, but physically. We chased a lot of the ball and it took a lot out of us.”
“To work as hard as we did and come away with nothing makes you feel even more tired – trust me.” “We’ve had a little refocus this morning about where we stand and what we have to do.”
“We have to get four or five wins from our 10 games to get into Europe.” “Momentum is everything in this division, I think the most important thing for us now is to get a win.”
There will be late fitness tests on both Cheick and Danny Simpson to see if they are fit enough to play, but if there are any doubts at all, they will not start the game.
But we have to think that Danny Guthrie can get the job done for the side tomorrow afternoon, as he has done in the past for most of this season.
If Simpson doesn’t make it then James Perch will come in, and he did well in the second half at the Emirates on Monday night, when he came in at left back for Davide Santon.