The last question Alan Pardew was asked at the end of his news conference yesterday, was what was the fitness of two of his players - Danny Simpson and Cheick Tiote.
Tiote collides with John Mikel Obi on Wednesday night
Danny has had an ankle knock, but even if he’s fit for tomorrow, we fully expect Perchinho to be at right-back for the Magpies against league leaders Manchester City.
It will be one of Newcastle’s biggest games for a few seasons, that’s for sure.
The Brazilian-born Newcastle player (read that as Mansfield), has been a star man for Newcastle this year, and gave another very competent performance for Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Newcastle went 4 points clear of Chelsea with the 2-0 win, and manager Alan Pardew said this about the fitness of Danny and Cheick yesterday:
“Danny Simpson is a doubt for the game.” “Cheick Tiote is not doubtful at all.”
And as he was talking about Cheick, a smile came over Alan’s face as if to say – I couldn’t even stop him playing if I wanted to.
Cheick suffered a severe gash to his face when he got an elbow from John Mikel Obi, after both players jumped for a high ball in the second half.
But Cheick has already said he will be fit to the game, which Tiote has said is the biggest game Newcastle have been in since he arrived on Tyneside – and that seems like an accurate portrayal of the game.
And with Perchinho so good once again at Chelsea, we think he’s right back for the next two games, and what a success story the 26 year-old has been this year.