We had wondered earlier in the week, what had happened to Cheick Tiote this season, since he doesn’t seem to be half the player he was at Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – in action on Sunday
Tiote will get another chance to get back to his old form at West Brom on Saturday afternoon, and we hope the Ivorian puts in a good (great) performance at the Hawthorns, where Newcastle need to get something out of the game, after the Sunderland debacle.
Cheick has talked today in the local press, and says the lads have to take some motivation out of the humiliating Sunderland defeat:
“I think it’s important the players do everything from now – and next season – to turn it around.” “We must use the derby as motivation. We don’t want to feel like this again.”
“I will do my best to stay fit until the end of the season.” “We have so many important games coming up.” “The manager needs every player fit to fight in the last five games.”
We expected the players and manager to come out this week and apologize for Sunday’s shambles, and say they would do a lot better this Saturday – much like the players did continually during our relegation season.
But we hope it will be different this season, and that we will do a lot better in the final five games of this term.
With a winning run, it’s still possible to get into the top ten in the league, but we need to be at or near our very best form to do that.
And we at least need to finish above the Black Cats – that’s the absolute minimum requirement.
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