Cheick Tiote, Newcastle’s Ivory Coast warrior, will likely return to the Newcastle side on Saturday against Swansea, now that he has served his three match ban in the Premier League for being sent of at Sunderland, when Newcastle were coasting in that game and 1-0 ahead through a Yohan Cabaye goal in the 3rd minute.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Norwich City
Cheick has played in the Europa league games but he picked up a yellow card last week in Brugge and will now miss the next game at home to Maritimo next Thursday night.
And the stats on Tiote’s yellow cards this season and the Evening Chronicle is reporting he’s played in only two games when he has not received a yellow card or a sending off form the referee in the nine appearances he’s made this season.
That’s not good, and coach John Carver has talked about the Ivorian today in the local press and says he’s learned his lesson:
“He’s learned his lesson. His record is not great and we keep talking to him about it.” “It’s no good talking anymore, it’s now down to him to go out and do it himself.” “We can only put so many conditions on him in training.”
“Now he has to go out and show us when the muck and bullets are flying.” “It’ll be a boost to have him back because of the way he is.” “He’s got to control himself.” “Even if he has got a reputation or referees do pick on him, he’s got to control himself in the manner where he’s not a liability to the team.”
“We don’t want to lose him again.”
Carver’s talking about Cheick being a liability to the team, because of course he was sent off after 25 minutes at Sunderland, and Newcastle finally drew that game 1-1 but with 11 men we could easily have won that game, so Cheick has to control himself on the field.
But to be honest we haven’t seen too much control from the Ivorian at all, and he continues to commit silly fouls that keeps getting him those yellow cards from the referees.
We’ll see if he has learned his lesson, by how he plays on saturday against Swansea and whether he picks up yet another caution from the referee.
We still have to be convinced by Cheick on the discipline side of things, and what’s the betting he’ll pick up a yellow card against Swansea?
What do you think?
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