Alan Pardew has admitted that key midfielders, Siem De Jong and Cheick Tiote are struggling for the start of the season.

Cheick Tiote has only managed an hour of pre-season action against Sheffield Wednesday, whilst Siem De Jong has been missing ever since he limped off against Wellington Phoenix.

alan pardewThere had been total silence from the club on Tiote’s position but following the match at Huddersfield, Alan Pardew revealed that he’s likely to be missing the two players who would have been definite starters against Manchester City,

“We took all the senior players who were fit – no Cheick (Tiote), no Siem (De Jong).

“Whether they make the first game I don’t know, but they are going to have significant parts to play this season, of that there is no doubt. They are important players.”

Talking about having ‘significant parts to play this season’ suggests to me that it may not just be the opening Premier League match that they will miss…

5 comments
keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

I can't understand Shearers reluctance to criticise Ashley directly. Is it just me or is there a rabbit off somewhere?

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

I don't think Newcastle will get relegated, having said that though I also feel that they look least likely of any PL club to get another win this season, they can't score enough goals, and are conceding far too many! I'm really hoping that having Cissé and Sissoko back will make some kind of difference, combined with the potentially positive influence of De Jong coming back there's a slim chance we could get another win out of somewhere and save ourselves! We have a couple of winnable games, however I think if we don't beat one of Leicester or QPR, it'll likely be an extremely nervy final day of the season!

Keegan Quitter
Keegan Quitter

He should know about getting relegated. How dare he have the barefaced cheek after his pitiful performance as a manager in 2008-09. He couldn't even get anything out of his "mate" Michael Owen to get us one measly point.

TradgeJ
TradgeJ

You have to remember that a) Shearer only had 8 games in charge, by which point they were basically relegation fodder anyway, and b) the man had never coached before, a great player doesn't necessarily make a good coach, and you can't deny that Shearer knows a hell of a lot more about football than Carver!