CHEIK Tiote’s Newcastle United season could be over after he equalled an unwanted Premier League record.
Tiote picked up his 14th booking of the season late in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Birmingham City for a needless trip on Matt Derbyshire.
And the 24-year-old’s reaction told its own story, Tiote, clearly more than aware of the consequences of the card, thumping the St James’s Park turf in frustration.
Should Tiote – who has already served three suspensions – be shown one more yellow card in the club’s last two Premier League games, he will pick up a three-game ban which would carry over to next season.
Only Robbie Savage has previously been booked 14 times in one season.
And Tiote’s disciplinary record is a concern for Pardew, who must now decide whether the Ivory Coast international can be risked at Chelsea on Sunday, or in the final home game against West Bromwich Albion.
“Cheik’s tackling is usually well-timed, but he’s aggressive, and he just needs to tone that down a little bit,” said boss Alan Pardew.
“He was so controlled, and the booking he got was really unlucky. I’ll look at all the bookings through the summer with him, all 14, and make him understand four or five definitely shouldn’t be happening.”
Tiote’s booking aside, Pardew was more than satisfied with the afternoon’s work, a penalty from Shola Ameobi and a header from Steven Taylor giving Newcastle a deserved victory.
“I’m delighted with a hard fought victory,” said Pardew. “The staff here have been great this week and done a terrific job.
“That’s the medical staff, the coaching and the backroom staff. We got the players in a good place for the game.
“That was the most important thing.
“The players responded again when they needed. It was a convincing win.”
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