Once bitten, twice shy – so we were a little surprised when Alan Pardew yesterday said he didn’t think Cheick Tiote would make the game at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Cheick Tiote - in action against Spurs in first game of the season
Alan had said much the same thing about Ben Arfa for the first game of the season, but not only did Ben Arfa start that game against Spurs at St. James’ Park, but he had been starring in training all that week, and played a great game for the Magpies that day.
And the French International was our star performer in the game, and not only got a penalty in the second half, but he also converted it, and that second goal turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 win, and an excellent start, in the very first game of the season.
Cheick Tiote was injured against Spurs and hasn’t played since, but it’s now four weeks since the game and Cheick surely has had enough time to recover from his thigh injury?
Newcastle have since lost at Chelsea and drew at home with a mediocre Aston Villa side, so we really need to get something out of the game on Monday night at Everton, although that looks to be a tough game.
But we have a hunch that Cheick may just start that game – and he would be a big addition to the Newcastle side at Goodison Park.
It’s just a hunch and I could be wrong (what – again?), and we’ll just have to wait and see what team Alan Pardew announces around 7:00 pm on Monday night – we hope to see Cheick Tiote in the starting line-up.
What do you think?