Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse on collision course with Newcastle United
Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse look on a certain collision course with Newcastle United in the coming days.
Both players are currently struggling with injuries but with key double headers for Senegal and Ivory Coast, I would be amazed if the pair don’t head off for Africa after the match at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Alan Pardew made clear he wasn’t happy when Cheick Tiote played two full games in a handful of days after ia mysterious ongoing njury had prevented him starting the season with Newcastle, his pre-season limited to only part of a friendly at Sheffield Wednesday.
Cheick Tiote and Ivory Coast take on Sierra Leone (14th Nov) and Cameroon (19th Nov), while Papiss Cisse and Senegal face Egypt (15th Nov) and Botswana (19th Nov). Bith players are key to their countries’ hopes and automatic first team choices, so absolutely no chance of Senegal or Ivory Coast saying not to be bother travelling if there is any chance of them playing any part.
It is now five weeks since Tiote has played (v Swansea) for Newcastle and only three starting line-ups in total this season, while Papiss Cisse has also started only three Premier League matches but only completed one full game.
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Last Saturday Alan Pardew took Cisse off at half-time with his replacement Ayoze Perez producing the winner. However, afterwards Pardew admitted there had been a difference of opinion with the player, the manager claiming that the striker wasn’t moving freely due to the after effects of his serious knee injury.
Both players clearly love their countries and are desperate to play every game they can, which makes an encouraging change to some of the pathetic characters that ‘represent’ England.
However, yet again the African Cup of Nations looks set to be a disruptive influence on Newcastle United’s season, the only question being just how seriously it will impact on Tiote and Cisse’s short and long-term future at St.James’ Park.
What I would say as well, is that any fan is sadly mistaken if they think either Tiote or Cisse aren’t still crucial to Newcastle for the rest of this season and beyond. Yes it is great to see players such as Perez and Abeid making a positive contribution but thinking we can rely on them week in week out would be a big big mistake.
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