Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tiote Has to Change His Ways; Boss Acts on Cheik Bookings Tiote Has Got Learn to Avoid Bookings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tiote Has to Change His Ways; Boss Acts on Cheik Bookings Tiote Has Got Learn to Avoid Bookings

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ALAN Pardew hopes Cheik Tiote's premature end to his first season at Newcastle United will help him understand why he has to change if he is to make the most of his second, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Tiote will not travel with the rest of the squad to London tomorrow, as even the absence of skipper Kevin Nolan, who had an operation on his ankle this week, could not persuade Pardew to risk him against Chelsea.

With 14 bookings this season, another yellow card in the remaining two games would mean he would automatically miss the start of next term through suspension, and his manager is determined to make sure he improves in this area.

The United boss has denied he will risk blunting the Ivory Coast international's impact in the centre of midfield and will not look to make him any less combative.

However, he does want to stop the former FC Twente star picking up unnecessary cards for tackles he does not need to make.

"I'm not going to change his game, it's not about that," said Pardew, when asked whether he was in danger of damaging the player by asking him to think too much before he tackles.

"It's not about changing his attitude or his approach to the game. With the experience he has got this year, we can teach him not to get involved sometimes. Why make a challenge there? Why not jockey him? "With his great speed he doesn't sometimes need to go into a challenge, it's just little adjustments that could make a big difference next season. "I had a chat with Steve McClaren about him and he was highly competitive in Holland, but I don't think he had issues with suspensions."

Tiote's absence will be acutely felt at Stamford Bridge, particularly as Newcastle are struggling to find a readymade replacement in the centre of midfield, with only one senior player, Joey Barton, used to playing there. Even he has spent most of the campaign playing wide on the right, and the selection headache has focused Pardew's mind on the changes that need to occur. He added: "I think the player's reaction when he got booked last weekend said it all really and that was From Back Page Tiote has got learn to avoid bookings the same reaction I had. …

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