Surprise – Newcastle International Plays First Game Of The Season

We don’t always like to see this,  but Cheick Tiote played on Saturday for the Ivory Coast in their 2-1 win against Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations qualifying games, with the Newcastle man starting the game for his 47th cap.

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Cheick Tiote – in Ivory Coast colors

Cheick playing  for the Ivory Coast could be both good news and bad news for Newcastle.

Good news because he gets some playing time after being out injured since the game at Sheffield Wednesday in pre-season.

We also assume that if he is fit enough to play for the Ivory Coast, after not being fit to play in any of Newcastle’s competitive games so far this season, he is fit to play against Southampton next Saturday.

The bad news is what would have happened if he gets injured while away on International duty with his country?

We remember how Michael Owen seemed to keep himself for England games, and magically was available for England, after not being fit enough to play for Newcastle, and he came back crocked a few times.

And one thing Freddy Shepherd did when Owen came back crocked, was to get the FA to pay for the treatment of his injury,  and that’s now general practice  – including for foreign football associations.

After all we pay their (huge) wages,

The Ivory Coast play again on Wednesday, when they are at Cameroon in their Group D qualifying game, so we hope Tiote survives injury in that game.

But perhaps he will only start on the bench on Saturday, after playing the previous Wednesday- and we have to remember all the travel involved for Cheick.

The African Cup of Nations finals will be held in Morocco from 17th January through  8th February 2015, so Cheick will be away during that time, assuming Ivory Coast qualifies for the finals.

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12 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I think the majority of fans knew he was never truly “injured” just put on ice because of what seemed to us as speculation must of been real interest and they didn’t want him picking up a “real injury”. Many said it on here and many lads I know said the same.

    And to think that people don’t believe the puppet is complicit in what’s going on….Beggers belief!

    Do not feel sorry for the kunt he knows!

    Wake up from your slumbers your fcuking comatosed!

    Had enough of the bullshit and lies emanating from the club it’s making me depressed!

  • Slank

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree Ed it can be ‘both good news and bad news’ when a player who hasn’t played domestically goes off and plays for his country.

    Fingers crossed, it’s good news.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    chucky,chucky,chucky surely he has to get a game now !!!

    and rolando needs to play regular now ! i know theres a lot of pressure on a young lad but we need to keep him as happy as poss so he signs a new contract ! shove cabaye on the right wing or if pards insists on the 4-2-3-1 as a no10.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    cabella not cabaye >.< still wishfull thinking on my part 🙁

  • Slank

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5


    A request please.

    Could we have no more transfer ‘news’ until the next window opens.

    I think we are all transfer newsed out.

    Could we please have a transfer free zone.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Surprise surprise surprise….not.

    The strange non injury of Tiote. Fully match git for an international barely a week from getting nowhere near the bench for a poor Pl side.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Match fit. Although there is a git in there too somewhere I’m sure.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8


    September 7, 2014

    How does transfer news turn to “let’s sack pardew”

    Sick of hearing it!


    0180, I thought you’d be sick that we didn’t get a striker and CB?

    You’re not sick of the 60% loss rate in the last 20 league games?

    Transfer window is over. The manager is still managing (to survive) daily.

    It’s current news. Our lack of a clue is daily.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    it doesnt make sense if he fakes an injury !

    he plays in a defensive team in a defensive style and the transfer window is closed so everything points to his advantage to play.

    think way too much is read into this tbh and imo he’s sorely missed in the system pards plays alongside colback as we need every little bit of help we can with the cb’s we have.

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I hate to say it but we the Newcastle united fans are like Mushrooms Kept in the dark and fed on Crap !!!! Cabaye Tiote Ben Arfa etc etc .. Until Pardew Gets the Boot Then It will NEVER change…

  • jon.c

    Sep 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Who has the desire to play for a BURK like A P but let us get together and support the players they need our SUPPORT

  • Sav

    Sep 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #12

    What the hell – we need him. And in fairness, its never been his way to play any less than wholeheartedly.


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