We’re slowly but surely getting some of our top players fit again, and when you consider the lads have got 8 points from 5 league games, without much help from the likes of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, we’ve done quite well so far – now we need to go on a winning run to climb that league table.
Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle on Sunday
It looks like Coloccini and Tiote are now ready to come back into the first team, and both will start tomorrow night against Manchester United, and it looks like Papiss Cisse could also get a start – and hopefully his first goal of the season.
We’re not much worried about Papiss – and he can score at any time – and Alan Pardew has said he’s still banging them in during training, and he’s had the chances to score – so one of these games he’s going to explode into scoring – just like Demba Ba did last season with that fantastic hat-trick at Stoke City.
Tiote played in the first game against Tottenham but then was out until the second half in Sunday’s game, and he was trying to dribble the ball clear too many times – shades of when he was caught in possession against Manchester City last season.
And he also quickly picked up a yellow card for a wild tackle, but that’s hopefully all a sign he’s short of match practice, and he will improve quickly once he starts playing regularly again.
And Fabricio Coloccini will start at center-back tomorrow night, and it’s good to have the captain back.
Alan Pardew talked about the two Newcastle stars being back for tomorrow night’s game:
“It’s great news for us having Colo available again. His influence in the dressing room is so calming. He gives us an assurance really. I think we have missed that, as well as the two other centre halves have done.”
“It is also difficult to sum up in words what Tiote brings to us. It is a huge presence for the team and some of our rhythm is gained by having someone like Cheik in the side.” “He can put the opposition on the back foot.”
“He brings a level to training that a few more players could do in my experience. A level of intensity about winning that he showed in all the wrong ways on Sunday! But that’s him. He is very important to us. There is no doubt in my mind, if he is fit, he plays in this team. “
Do you think Alan Pardew likes Cheick Tiote as a player?
Cheick may take a couple of games to get in the groove again, but we’ve seen Fabricio come into the side after an absence, and play as though he’s never even been away.
It will be great to have both lads back again tomorrow night.
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