ALAN Pardew will field a strong Newcastle United team – including Cheik Tiote – against Club Brugge at St James’s Park tomorrow night.
Tiote, suspended for the club’s next three Premier League games after his dismissal in the Wear-Tyne derby, will start the Europa League group match.
And striker Papiss Demba Cisse and defender Steven Taylor could also be on Pardew’s teamsheet as he looks to name a similar side to that which beat Bordeaux 3-0 earlier this month.
“I have a team in my mind for Brugge,” Pardew told the Gazette. “It will be very similar to the one selected to play Bordeaux. That’s the best clue I can give you.”
Meanwhile, Pardew will speak with tough-tackling Tiote, dismissed for a late challenge on Steven Fletcher in the derby, before the Brugge game.
Tiote’s disciplinary record is a concern for Pardew, who is determined that the midfielder avoids any further suspensions this season.
“I will be talking to him before the Brugge game,” he said. “We talk to him before every game. We talk to him at every half-time, and I’ll be talking to him again.
“It’s not a laughing matter because he’s one of our big players, and I can’t have him not playing.
“It could be costly, and he needs to understand that.”