Newcastle Player Breaking Records
He is a player who can massively divide opinion, though I believe a clear majority still see Cheick Tiote as the heart of our midfield, while a significant minority see him as a limited player who can also be a liability.
What you can’t get away from is that since he played his first Premier League match back in August 2010, Tiote’s disciplinary record is atrocious.
In a little over two years, the Ivory Coast midfielder has been shown more cards (28 yellow and 1 red) than any other Premier League player.
I’m definitely in the majority camp and think he can be an awesome player but all too often he is picking up a cheap booking which means he clearly is less effective as he has to restrain his game in case of a second slip.
Ironically, in this age of countless players happy to pick up their money without much effort, or even playing games, Tiote’s problem at times is that he tries too hard. Especially when we have weaker players around him he seems to see it that he has to single-handedly take on the opposition, leading to rash tackles and frequently caught in possession.
The answer to me is we need extra quality in the team/squad so he isn’t on a one man mission, just getting on with his own job will help him to calm down and we’ll all get the benefits. Plus Cheick himself will eventually lose this unwanted Premier League record.
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