Tiote Fails Fitness Test – Demba Ba Not A Streaker


Cheick Tiote was said yesterday to be only 50-50 for the game tomorrow against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Cheick Tiote – has just failed a fitness test

That’s what Alan said in his press conference  yesterday, and he has come out today and said he will not risk the Ivorian,  if he’s not fully fit:

“I won’t risk him, 100%, no way will I risk him.”  “He is as important a player as we have here.”

“I have made that very, very clear in my team selection.”

And the  Daily Mail is reporting  that Cheick Tiote has just failed a fitness test today, and will not play tomorrow, so it looks like it’s the second game in a row without the Ivory Coast International in the starting eleven.

With Danny Guthrie just chomping at the bit for a start we wouldn’t be surprised if Danny gets another  start tomorrow, but where he would play we don’t know.

Newcastle started last week with James Perch and Danny Guthrie in central midfield, and Yohan Cabaye  out on the left wing with Jonas Gutierrez at left back, but we’d be surprised if that’s the team tomorrow.

It seems that James Perch will keep his defensive midfield position,  but who gets the other spot in the middle of the park we don’t know, although Pardew will hardly start Cabaye on the bench?

And we know that Demba  Ba has not scored in his last three games, but it seems that Alan Pardew is not too concerned about that.

After all Demba  Ba went a good number of games early in the season,  before he netted his  first goals for Newcastle, a hat trick against Blackburn Rovers at St. James’  Park on September 24th.

And Ba now has scored 16 goals in the PL, and is in 4th position in the goal-scoring charts behind only Robin van Persie (26), Wayne Rooney (20) and Sergio Aguero (17).

Alan Pardew has pointed out that Ba in his career has scored regularly, and doesn’t have too many of those barren spells:

“If you look at the history of Demba, he does not get streaky periods. He’s consistently knocking on the door.”

“We’re only talking four or five games with him and, don’t forget, he missed a penalty two games ago. He will score ­before too long, for sure.”

So – given what Alan has said above,  we suppose we could say our Senegal striker is not a streaker?

We are expecting a goal from Demba tomorrow, and how Newcastle do could well depend again on what kind of game James Perch has – if he starts in defensive midfield which now seems likely.

James had had a number of good games for  Newcastle this year already, and long may that continue.

Comments welcome.



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246 comments so far

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

    sorry

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  • jakesome

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    if any comments are left by billy/bob/ted please do NOT respond

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  • Toonboy_84

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    @1

    Congratulations! Your parents must be proud.

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  • jakesome

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4

    luke were not doing first anymore, were warning people not too speak to the makems on the blog

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  • t00ntime

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not saying he didnt fail a fitness test, but how would the daily mail know? Simpson did his fitness test on the sunday (last week) just before the game so why would tiote do it on a saturday?

    On the last post I saw some comments about Douglas and Pieters coming in and making our defence look good. The only pronlem is we need a RB and CB cover. Next season Steven Taylor will be back and you will have a hard time finding a better CB with the same passion and comitment.
    Last week Santon started on the bench even though he is better then Simpson, this tells me that Pardew knows Santon is a LB and not a RB meaning we need a new RB.

    Pardew keeps talking about Ryan Taylor been a big miss (press confrence post match). I don’t see where Ryan is going to fit in, Ben Arfa is a must! Other then Jonas no one else has created a chance in the last 2 games. Ben arfa was outstanding against Arsenal, he wasnt too shabby against norwich neither (not great either) but just when he started attacking and getting in the game he got subbed. This tells me that Pardew wants to play safe the last 9 games and I can tell you out of experience (watching England and Newcastle) that scoring 1 goal and then defending for the rest of the game doesn’t work! definatly not when the keeper gives it straight back to them, it’s just a relentless attack for 90 mins, Krul is good and all but NEVER KICK IT AGAIN lol

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  • jakesome

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    ————krul—————
    santon–willo–collo—jonas
    ——–perch–guthrie——
    HBA——————cabs—
    ———–ba—————-
    —————-cisse——-

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  • steve

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    t00ntime – I agree with all most everything you just posted. Especially the last line lol 😀

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m sorry, but if we could get 25m for Tiote, I’d take it. I’m a huge fan of his, he can dominate the midfield by himself on his day, but he’s not on the pitch often enough: injuries, suspensions, AFCON, how many matches as he actually played this season, for us? I’d say it’s probably shy of 20.

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  • jakesome

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    we could easy get £25mill for tiote. best DM in the league bar yaya

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    30mill + van aanholt for tiote and i’d consider.

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  • steve

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    No offence lads but I reckon your valuations are off the mark. Look at what was spent in the winter. 10mil was the biggest fee paid. We can speculate and that’s fair enough but who is really going to pay 25 million for Tiote. 20 million would be the very top end for me. More like 15ish.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Steve,
    Here here,and I’d like to think we’re in a position to turn that kind of money down.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t believe a word the Daily mail spouts…

    Hope it’s not true, Tiote’s just the man we need to protect our defence against the pace West Brom have. Every cloud has a silver lining… Guthrie deserves more game time, so it’s not the end of the world if he starts instead of Tiote, but I thought he was pretty awful against Norwich. He kept disappearing! We’ll need a big game from him if he starts.

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    He’s appeared in 17 of 34 matches so far (according to Wiki), by the way.

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  • geoff777

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    If Chelsea / Man Utd decide they need a strong DM there is no better than Tiote.

    If they think he’s going to help them win titles, cups and the Champions League then 25M is a fair price.
    Ashley may play hard ball and hold out for 30M+ who knows, should be an interesting summer.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t know if she’s got the X factor but that Tulissa has definately got talent.

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  • t00ntime

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    You try and put something productive in too the conversation and everybody just goes back to the ‘how much is tiote worth’

    It all depends on who wants him, Carroll was wanted by liverpool and tottenham (dont know why like) once 30mil was offerd (that shocked me ) It was all about who wanted him more, in the end liverpool offerd 35 and carroll was gone. The same for tiote, MA will let the first bid come in reject it and wait to see if any other big clubs want him, if not he ain’t going nowhere if they do it depends on the cash 😉 valuating players is hard simply because it depends which club is trying to buy.Man city will offer more then norwich chelsea more then arsenal etc etc. (for some reason liverpool only want to buy tripe so we are safe from them 😀 )

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s a tough call for the formation ’cause we need to be strong in the middle but not too narrow or they’ll use their pace to get behind us from the flanks. It would be good to see players swapping around and popping up in different places, which is what we seemed to do vs Norwich, quite effectively at times. You have to get your tactics right against a Woy Hodgson team.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    t00ntime

    If we get an early goal and try to defend a slender lead for the rest of the match… I’m not sure I’ll cope!

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Rowan – If we do that, not only will we probably mess it up and concede, but I’ll also be thoroughly annoyed. I wish we’d just go out to win and play some football and keep the tempo high for 90 minutes. Instead of in a brief 20 minute period in the first half.
    This won’t happen though, I think we will attack from the off for the first 20 or so, either score and sit back. Or revert into hoofball and get dominated.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s becoming dubious this Tiote fitness test thingy. Most likely they are negotiating deals for him. 25million and i’d take it. 20mil is fine but we should ask for more. 1 of the best in the league.

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  • Kebabacus

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Tiote will be a big miss, but having arisen from the flames of derision, I believe James ‘The Phoenix’ Perch will be our saviour.

    —————Krul
    Simpson – Willo -Colo – Santon
    ———-The Phoenix
    Ben Arfa – Guthrie – Cabaye – Guti
    —————-Ba

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Either way, I highly doubt we will play well, and if we win it will be by 1 goal, some resolute defending and a barrel load of luck. As per.
    Saying that, let’s hope I’m being overly pessimistic!

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    If Perch plays we are in for a rocky afternoon, he might play decently but he hasn’t got that presence and saps others confidence around him.

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Kebabacus – that’s actually a good formation, if Perch sticks in there and offloads it to Cabaye and Guthrie to play it about abit with Ba and HBA passing and moving.
    The trouble will arise when Cabaye starts to sit back alongside Perch, inviting them onto us and leaving Guthrie isolated and therefore out of the run of play.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Ben3Arfa – A think thats your name, from the last article you said if we dont manage to tie up Guthrie we’ll bring in Danny Drinkwater from Barnsley.? He doesnt play for Barnsley he plays for Leicester, he signed for Leicester from Man Utd in January for an undisclosed fee, he’s also always injured he cant keep himself fit and wouldnt get any where near our team

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  • mickg108

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I would be happy with £25 Million,,we have Abeid ( Although AM) can play in Tiote’s position…Wonder why Pardew Bottled it during ACON & never played Mehdi..

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    To all those who are saying sell Tiote at the right price!

    Can you play a big bag of money in midfield?
    Who would you get to replace him?
    Oh! yes, I forgot Graham Carr will pull one out of his arse!

    Have you watched the Toon without Tiote in the side?
    Have you looked at the results when he plays v doesn’t?

    I would fight tooth and nail to keep the fella and build the team around him……And he also happens to love Newcastle unlike the mercenaries who might replace him!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Everyone saying if Chelsea/Man Utd need a defensive midfielder than Tiote is the best.. Well imo Diame from Wigan is just as good and would do much better in a good team and he’s available for FREE so why would they spend £20/£25million on a player when they can get someone just as good and slightly younger who is much more experienced for FREE lol!… but if they do want to buy Tiote then fair enough i’d be quite happy selling him for £20million and getting Diame for a free transfer

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Krul
    Simpson Williamson Collo Jonas
    Perch Guthrie Cabaye
    HBA Cisee Ba

    Thats Our Most probable starting line up tomorrow
    Same starters as the game vs norwich

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Tommyy

    Yeah, we do have a habit of being too negative and inviting the pressure on ourselves. We really can’t afford to do that tomorrow. The best example was vs wolves – we should have beat them 4/5-0, but after 2 quick goals we sat back and tried to defend for over an hour… bad move.

    Kababacus

    Haha, ‘The Pheonix.’ Love it! Though it may be a bit premature to start singing his praises too much… he’s definitely improving and was very decent against Norwich, so that’s really good, but he’s still got a way to go to prove himself a consistent and reliable performer for me. Here’s hoping! I also agree that’s a good formation but it would be cruel to drop Cisse after his last game, great goal, should have got another but he made a hell of a nuisance of himself. you have to reward players for good performances… it’s a tough call, no doubt.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Diame is also a team mate of Ba and Cisse from Senegal, not that it makes a difference but still

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Benton toon
    Exactly,the stats don’t lie and we have performed much better with Tiote in the side than out,Graham Care is a talented scout not a f*c*king magician.

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  • Kebabacus

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Tommyy – After the performance against Norwich I just hope Pardew changes things. It would be nice to see some youngsters on the pitch too. We looked tired last week, and the lack of ideas and energy was scary.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    On Tiote…

    Yeah, £25m would be nice but in today’s financial climate it is probably a tad unrealistic, unless City or Chelski came in for him. I think the days of big, big spending might be almost over… althopugh he’s worth every penny, so you never know. But we must fight to keep him! He’s everything we could want in a player: great performer, great attitude. He’s said he loves it here, he wants to stay loyal (I think) so we should recognise and reward that and keep him. It’s good to have players who genuinely love playing for the Toon, and I think he’s one of them. Plus, he’s awesome.

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t care the least how we play tomorrow, as long as we bring home those vital 3 points.

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  • Kebabacus

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Rowan – Yeah, dropping Cisse would be harsh… but if we go with 5 in midfield the ball needs to stick up front, and Ba is a little better at holding it up. Plus, we can bring Cisse on after 60/70 minutes with his pace up against (hopefully) tired legs.

    Talking of impact subs, am I the only one who thinks Shola has been playing amazingly well recently? Super-sub is definitely his role.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Dannyo – Same here mate a honestly couldnt care if we get battered for 89minutes and we score in the last minute and win 1-0 couldnt careless aslong as we win 3 points is the most important, weve played sh*te nearly all season and still won so why change now ha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #39

    And if these players are so easy to replace why didn’t Spurs cash in 40M for Modric and then just go and buy a 3.5M better replacement.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Lads, I cant hardly comment on here anymore. I am so sick of the.negative shite on here. You would think we were about to go tits up like rangers and fighting a relegation battle. We are bloody 6th in the league, 2 away from chelski and 5 clear of the evil wallet snatchers. You idiots calling sir Alan pardew a hopeless manager and questioning his tactics are licking windows with a safety helmet on. You don’t get to 6th in the league after losing 4 of our best players at the time with limited funding by being a terrible gaffer. We are on the verge of the most points since sir Bobby (God rest is Geordie soul peace be upon him)

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