We noticed it while watching the Brugge Newcastle game on Thursday night, that Cheick Tiote pulled out of a few challenges, and that was in case he picked up a yellow card, and it’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, noticed it as well, and Alan seems a little concerned that his top defensive midfielder is being affected by all the yellow cards he continues to accumulate.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Tottenham
And with that yellow card, Cheick will now miss the next game in the Europa League against CS Maritimo on November 22nd at St. James’ Park, and he’s already been banned for three Premier League games this season, after being sent off after only 25 minutes at Sunderland, and his dismissal cost us 2 points in that game.
So Cheick has been banned for 4 games so far this season, and that’s getting to be a cause for concern, and Alan Pardew has confessed he is a little worried about the Ivory Coast International:
“People who know him well will know he pulled out of about three challenges and he picked up a booking for a silly little pull.” “It is affecting him, there is no doubt about that, and it will do for the next period, but he is such an important player for us.”
Cheick’s disciplinary record has not been good since he arrived on Tyneside in August of 2010 from FC Twente.
And in his first season at Newcastle, he picked up 15 yellow cards and one red, and last season he received 11 cautions and so far this term he has 3 yellow cards and a red.
It’s another challenge for both Alan Pardew and Check Tiote, because you don’t want to take away Cheick’s aggression – that’s part of his game, but he must learn when to make the tackles and when not too.
It’s not an easy job for the player or manager – that’s for sure.
What do you think?
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com