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Pardew Highlights the Biggest Miss

8 years ago

Everybody will have their own ideas about what went wrong against the Hammers but Alan Pardew has highlighted one thing that was massively missing on Sunday.

That ‘thing’ being Cheick Tiote!

This is what the manager had to say to the Chronicle;

“Cheick will be back for  Swansea and he’s important to us.

We missed him against West Ham and we miss him these physical games.

His (West Ham’s Diame) power was there to see. He kept running with the ball and keeping it for periods in the game, He wouldn’t have been able to do that against Cheick for sure”.

Nearly every significant win Newcastle have had in the last couple of seasons has seen the Ivory Coast midfielder at the heart of the action.

Last season after the magnificent win at home to Manchester United, SKY put together an excellent compilation of Tiote’s contribution and he was keeping possession as the likes of Carrick, Gigs, Rooney, Evra and the rest were bouncing off him. As Alan Pardew states, it was almost a similar case yesterday with Diame for the visitors.

Cheick Tiote is a brilliant player and anybody who thinks Newcastle cashing in on him would somehow be of benefit to the cause of Newcastle United is a fool.

We just need to increase the quality of the squad overall so that Cheick doesn’t feel the need to charge around the pitch covering for the deficiencies of others.



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