We had a report out on Monday where we said that Cheick Tiote had to have better discipline when he was playing for Newcastle, otherwise he could become a liability to Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – off he goes – hopefully that’s the last red card this season for the Ivorian
And the truth of it is that he was a liability against Sunderland, because with him being sent off after 25 minutes it became very difficult for Newcastle to win that game with only 10 men, and we ended up drawing and losing two points, when with 11 men surely we would have won the game.
Alan Pardew has today come out and talked about Cheick, who is now banned for the next three Premier League games:
“I do have some worries about his discipline. I will be talking to him before the Brugge game. We talk to him before every game. We talk to him at every half-time and I’ll be talking to him again.”
“It’s not a laughing matter because he’s one of our big players and I can’t have him not playing. It could be costly and he needs to understand that.” “I can remember Norman Hunter absolutely smashing Jimmy Greaves all over the place.”
“It was part and parcel of the game.” “Now that wasn’t right, but where we are at the moment, almost every mistimed tackle is a booking.” “There are going to be this type of challenge. Referees need to understand that it’s a genuine attempt to get the ball and nothing more.”
“That’s why we devised the award for a free-kick. It’s not a yellow card.” “So the sanitisation of the game is a little bit worrying for me because I like the physical side. I think we all do as supporters.”
The problem Cheick will have, and probably has now, is that he’s a marked man by referees, and they look for him to make a bad tackle and out comes the yellow card – but on Sunday it was a straight red – and that cost Newcastle big time – in the biggest game of the season.
It’s not unlike the way referees look at Lee Cattermole, who keeps making crazy and dangerous tackles.
We cannot have Cheick picking up these yellow cards all the time – as he did in his first season when he had 15 yellows and a red – and so far the Ivorian has 29 yellows and two reds playing in Newcastle’s colors.
Cheick will now have to keep his aggression, because that’s the type of player he is – but somehow cut out the rash tackles he makes that bring him warnings and sending offs from the referees.
That’s not easy.
What do you think about this – comments welcome.
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