One of the frustrating things about Cheick Tiote’s game, is that he picks up too many yellow cards, and he just missed a game after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season, and of course he was sent off in the game at Sunderland, and that cost Newcastle 2 points, since it’s hard to see how we would have been beaten with 11 men on the field at the Stadium of Light.
Cheick Tiote - too many yellow cards
And the Ivory Coast International will be missing from early January for up to six weeks, as he goes off for the second year running to represent the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
And Cheick has admitted today the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned him of his disciplinary record, and that it needs to improve.
This is what Tiote told the local Newcastle press before today’s vital game at home to Manchester City:
“We have so many important games coming up, which means I have to be a lot more careful.” “I have to play with more control. I try and play the same every week, but sometimes when I am ready to go for the ball I have to be certain because if I am not 100% I will be booked.”
“It was different when I was in Holland – there is nowhere near as much physical contact. I prefer it in the Premier League.” “For me it’s the best because it’s more aggressive.” “The manager has told me that if I am not 100% I’ve not to tackle.”
“He’s told me we have to try and keep all our players on the pitch. We need 11 against 11 if we are going to win.” “If we play with 10, we won’t win. It’s definitely easier for me to be booked because the referees know now what my style is like.”
“They know I play hard so they watch me more than most. For me, that makes it difficult.”
Cheick Tiote is one of the players who is finding it hard to reproduce his form of last season, but our lads will have to wake up soon, if we are to move away from the relegation zone and move up the table.
Today is an excellent opportunity against the Premier League Champions and a win would be terrific, but we are not holding our breath on this one.
But we’ll see – if Newcastle are going to climb the table then today is a great time to put in a top performance, and maybe even pick up some points.
What do you think?
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