Magpie’s Top Midfilder Struggling At Newcastle

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?

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23 comments so far

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    As much as I hate to say it, I think we should get rid in January or summer and make a hefty profit. We could then use that to make the squad better and we may even find another gem with Carr. I’d rather have someone who is available for 90% of the games we play than someone who is banned every 6-7 games and goes missing every January for ACN..

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not worried about Tiote, he’s just going through a period where he’s lacking confidence. Poor refereeing decisions resulting in soft red/yellow cards have played a major part in that in the last few matches.

    So, who is going to play tomorrow?




    I think it’ll be one of these line-ups, however it’s possible that one of the Ameobi’s, Ferguson or Tav might sneak into the starting XI too!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Unfortunately I think Jonas will still be in the squad.. He’s the problem, he gives us no balance in the team..

  • Graeme

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Its a shame some of the “senior” pro’s at the club cant help him keep a lid on it during the games. It only takes a word in his ear and may just keep him away from the Ref’s beady eye!!

    There are any number of “Aggressive” type players in the various leagues, but none of them seem to attract cards the way Tiote does!!! He’s a decent player, so hope he manages to sort it, without losing his effectiveness!!

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    And who’s going to be captain?

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Taylor ofcourse..

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Taylor, Cabaye, Ba, Krul.. all leaders imo

  • stevetoon85

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    In the 2nd half of last season I thought his performances were only average, and he has started this season well below par…..

    I don’t think it would be the end of the world if we cashed in on him in Janaury or the end of the season providing we have a replacment lined up (Sissokho on a free perhaps?) Bigi isn’t ready yet and I don’t think Anita has the ability to ‘boss’ a central midfield role like Tiote could….

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    But wasn’t Jonas stand-in captain when Colo was injured? That’s why I ask, as S.Taylor does seem the logical vice-captain.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10


    I think Anita CAN boss the midfield, he just needs time to settle, and Pardew is giving him that time, just cast your mind back to last season with Santon and look now. Pardew does a very good job in letting his players settle before expecting too much of them and it does work. HBA, Santon both had to be patient and the same now applies to Anita, he will come good though

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11


    You’re right, Jonas is our vice-captain, but I dont think he gives us any benefit from being in the team now. He gives us nothing going forward anymore and he’s not a central midfielder so I think he needs to be dropped for someone who can play there and give us balance and that fluidity and rhythm that Pardew is always talking about.. taking Jonas out of the team is key to that..

  • Toon1978

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Tiote is a fantastic player and i believe he is now a target for all referee’s. Unfortunately for Tiote, this is part of his game and it MUST not be taken away from him otherwise you have an unhappy player that can’t play to his strengths. Maybe a move away from SJP may be the best option for him to take the lime light away from him a little.

  • tdt

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Jonas has won the most free-kicks out of all the players in the PL, so he does have his uses! Mind, our set-pieces have been so poor this season, those freekicks on serve to relieve pressure when defending, rather than prove an attacking threat.

    I’m still undecided about Jonas’ contribution to the team. Our other realistic option for tomorrow is Bigi in CM. Not sure which would provide more as a whole.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I wouldn’t even consider selling Tiote, anyone who says we could just get another combative midfielder…like who? Nobody is as strong and good at the simple passes as him on his day. Bigi has a lot of beefing up to do yet.

  • Toon1978

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15


    We very rarely see Tiote mate. He is either injured or banned lol. Bigi is a top quality youngster but he still needs time. I hope we do go for Sissoko as he also seems a quality midfielder. I don’t want us to sell Tiote at all, it would be great to have Tiote and Sissoko not to mention Bigi and Abeid all fighting for a place, that would really add strength to the squad.

  • bills-son

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Tiote didnt get booked for an aggressive tackle on Thursday he got booked for shoving his hand in the players face. He’d done exactly the same thing a few minutes earlier and got way with it. In other words a stupid unprofessional unecessary booking, especially when he is supposedly under instructions from Pardew to calm down.

    Far too many of Tiote’s bookings are for stupid fouls not genuinely hard tackles that the ref sees as over aggressive. The Sunderland sending off is a classic example of that. It wasnt a hard man’s tackle, it was a ridiculous lunge in response to being fouled.

    Tiote isn”t being booked for being a hardman he’s being booked for being an idiot. There is a big difference.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    True but he works so well with wor dreamboat, I’m yet to see a better midfield pairing in recent times, like the Parker-Emre, or the Speed-Lee, having both of them clicking is essential while Bigi develops, Anita adjusts and Jonas er…figures out how to play as a CM.


    Nov 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    There has been games where tiote and Cabaye together have been unplayable last season. And I do believe they were voted the best partnership in some magazine I saw (442 maybe) he got a red card for a tackle similar to colo which in my opinions were both hugemisstimed mistakes and nothing more.
    Yellow cards are part of cm role and I’m sure he will get a clean run soon. Paul scholes, Roy keane, Patrick veria, Gary speed, Scott Parker and Paul ince are all in the top 10 most premier league yellow cards…. I believe tiote is in the same league as these players and should not be sold EVER.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    i agree and feel sorry for poor tiote you can not take away his aggression as we look a different team without him even though we have great players who can fill in there seems to be a frightened look into opposition when they play against him.
    and a lot of things have been very harsh on him prob because of his reputation the same imo with colo’s red card 🙁
    and with guti no one can question his commitment or trying and when our backs are to the wall no one takes the pressure off like guti winning a freekick but he doesnt have pace for the wing and he’s not as good at tackling to have a tiote role or as creative to have a cabaye role so unfortunatly unless raylor is in the team we dont really make any progress while he’s there! imo fergie is a better option or >.< ober/marv.


    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Tiote is frightening and that won’t ever change

  • toonbrother

    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    The stupidity of some of you lot is staggering. Sell him in January? Jeez\Tiote is among the best three players at the club. Forget his tackling which -though rough around the edges is actually superb- his passing is amazing. These comments make me sick. Tiote is too good for dumb fans like some of you

  • woolerbill

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Tiote is what he is, you can’t change him, if he decide for himself when to back of he is a liability.

  • woolerbill

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Tiote is what he is, you can’t change him, if he can’t decide for himself when to back off he is a liability.


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