Bad news today that Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse will not be fit enough to play in Newcastle’s two upcoming games this week at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool.
Cheick Tiote – out for the next two games
Cheick has been missing the last two games, when we have won our first two league games of the season, with Vurnon Anita replacing Cheick, but Vurnon was withdrawn in both games at the half, as Alan Pardew changed the tactics.
Alan Pardew has said this today about Cheick and Papiss – two of our best players this season:
“I don’t see those two playing in the next two games” “It was important that we got a win against Tottenham to prove we can do it without them.”
That’s a big blow, but it does give some of the fringe and younger players another chance to show they can get the job done.
Certainly both Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez took their chance yesterday big time, and they scored their first Premier League goals ever for the club.
Moussa Sissoko played in the central three in the 4-3-3 formation we used yesterday, and the Frenchman provided the strength and energy that Cheick usually provides in the center of midfield, so we would expect to see Moussa stay in that position in Tiote’s absence.
And Alan’s right in that it does give Newcastle a renewed confidence that we can win games with our two best in-form players missing at the moment, and that’s the major thing that’s happened in the last couple of games.
The win will give our players renewed confidence, and to a very large extent football is all about confidence.
Wonder if we can beat LIverpool on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and make it three wins in a row?
What do you think?
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