We think Cheick Tiote’s form has been nowhere near his best this season, and he keeps making silly mistakes, like giving away the free kick on the edge of the penalty area last Monday night at Craven Cottage, that cost Newcastle a possible big win.
Cheick Tiote - nowhere near his best form
And another player who is nowhere near his best form is Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez, and Alan Pardew has talked about both players and their form today, in the local press:
“You have to think about what stimulates the player. Cheick’s performance against Fulham was hot and cold – he did a lot of really good things in that game.” “His stats look really good, but he made two or three big errors that almost cost us a goal, which is unusual for him.”
“It’s not a major issue. It’s not like he was struggling to get around the pitch or that his percentage of passing was way down. That would be a major concern, but there isn’t a lot to be concerned about with him.”
“Jonás, on the other hand, has had a difficult season and I think we’re looking to get a little bit more from him.” “We want him to be more positive and give us a little more je ne sais quoi in the final third. He is battling for that at this moment in time.”
“He’s a player who has done great for us and I have faith in him. I hope he repays that.”
Alan Pardew somehow has to get the very best out of the players he has, and that’s a large part of what being a good manager, and it’s really important when the lads are struggling, as we are at the moment.
Newcastle need both these players to step up to the plate starting tomorrow, in the early game against Manchester City (12:45 pm kickoff), and it will be a great result if we can get anything at all out of the game, which to us looks unlikely.
But that’s what the lads need to do.
What do you think?
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