CHEIK Tiote has been warned he must clean up his act – or risk becoming a ‘liability’ to Newcastle United.
Tiote is set to return to the Magpies’ team this weekend for the home clash against Swansea City after serving a three-match ban for his red card against Sunderland.
The midfield enforcer has been a big miss in the Premier League, especially on Sunday when the Toon lost 1-0 against West Ham United.
And assistant manager John Carver has urged Tiote to exercise some ‘control’ when he heads into challenges, or he’ll end up letting his team-mates down again.
“It’ll be a boost to have him back because of the way he is,” said Carver.
“But he’s got to control himself.
“Even if he has got a reputation, or referees do pick on him, he’s got to control himself in the manner where he’s not a liability to the team.
“We don’t want to lose him again.”
Tiote’s dismissal against Sunderland for a late lunge on Steven Fletcher arguably cost Newcastle victory. The Magpies were leading 1-0 and looked in command of the game, and even playing with 10 men they just failed to hold on for all three points.
This season, in the nine games he’s played, Tiote has been booked six times, as well as the dismissal in the derby.
The Ivory Coast international picked up 11 bookings last term, while in his first campaign in English football, he was yellow-carded 14 times, as well as seeing red in the FA Cup against Stevenage.
It adds up to a record of 31 bookings and two sendings-off in 61 games for the Magpies, and Carver admits that it is now up to the player to clean up his act.
“He’s learned his lesson,” insisted Carver.
“His record is not great, and we keep talking to him about it.”