Alan Pardew knows that Jonas Gutierrez, the Argentine International, who has become a permanent fixture in Newcastle’s side since Alan Pardew arrived, has picked up four yellow cards and he is just one caution away from a one match ban.
Jonas Gutierrez - one yellow card away from one match ban
A number of other Newcastle players are also edging towards their fifth yellow card, and with the squad so small, that’s got to be some concern for the manager.
But in Jose’s case we have a number of wingers only too willing to take their chance if Jonas is suspended, and they include Gabby Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux and Romain Amalfitano.
James Perch also has four yellow cards this season, and James is becoming a solid member of the side, and plays in multiple different positions in the first team, currently filling in for Cheick Tiote in defensive midifeld.
Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have picked up three cautions, and of course Cheick is serving a three match ban in the Premier League for being sent off against Sunderland.
Here’s the stats on discipline so far this season for each Newcastle player, and this is how Alan addressed the cautions:
“There’s nothing I can do about that.” “That’s not in our thinking. I will cope with the suspensions when they arrive.”
Alan’s right about that, all he can do is to tell Newcastle’s players not to pick up silly yellow cards, but to tell them to pull back in their aggression and tackles on the pitch is a dangerous thing to do.
The lads have to have that bite in the tackle and controlled aggression on the field, but they also need to be sensible and not do daft things that gets them a caution.
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