Cheick Tiote made a rare starting appearance for Newcastle on Sunday and he immediately showed one of the poorer aspects of his game, when he picked up a yellow card after only 5 minutes.
Cheick picks up far too many yellow cards with lunging tackles and that´s what happened early in the game on Sunday.
Cheick Tiote – can do a job for Newcastle this season
But the 53 times capped Ivory Coast International can still do a big job for Newcastle this term and he could start against Sunderland on Sunday even though he may be given just one half.
McClaren could again bring in Vurnon Anita – and Vurnon had a solid game in place of the Ivorian in the second half – maybe that display has earned the Dutchman a starting place in Sunday?
The Newcastle head coach is trying to get Cheick some playing time so he gets match fit.
This is what McClaren has said about Cheick:
“We are trying to get Cheick involved again because we think he can be a big player for us” “He wasn’t going to last the game – it was his first game, he’s trained for two weeks.”
“We just felt we need to start him – his energy is quite infectious – and we knew he wouldn’t last and we just brought Vurnon Anita on for a bit more stability.”
“But it’s good that Cheick gets 45 minutes and he’s involved again.”
With our poor defense maybe Cheick can help to add some steel in the center – and as Steve says – he does provide energy as he plays just in front of the back four.
We´ll just have to wait and see if he can form a decent partnership in central midfield with local lad Jack Colback.
So it would be good to see Cheick make his mark for the team this season and another experienced player we have – Papiss Cisse – looked lively enough when he was brought on for the last few minutes on Sunday.
Papiss Cisse – can also do a job for Newcastle this season
Papiss Cisse holds the best ever goal scoring run at Newcastle – 13 goals in hist first 14 games when he joined us in January 2012 from SC Freiburg for around £9M.
And he showed last season, when he was hardly fully fit with that knee problem, that he could still score goals from the bench.
Now Papiss is fully fit so there´s no reason why he cannot do that for us this season too.
Here are two experienced players who can still help Newcastle this season big time.
What do you think?