Chris Hughton took time out this morning to welcome his new player – Cheick Tiote – to the Newcastle United club.
Check Tiote - new defensive midfielder at Newcastle
A delighted Hughton talked today about his new signing today, after Newcastle’s phenomenal performance yesterday overshadowed the new player arriving at the club:
“He is a defensive midfielder and he can bring a lot to this club.” “We have Alan Smith, who has been excellent in the last two games, but he is the only defensive midfielder here.”
“We want real competition for places.” “In this division you want to be strong across the middle, and Tote’s arrival gives us another option.”
The fee is around £3.5M, so with the £ 1.5M paid out for James Perch from Nottingham Forest, that brings to £5M the money spent on incoming players.
Tiote was a star player for FC Twente last season when they won the Dutch Championship under former Middlesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren, who is now managing German club Wolfsburg.
“I have watched him play quite a few times.” “These deals are never done until they are done, but it has been going on for a little while.” “We are delighted to have him.”
And Chris Hughton won his first Premier League game as a full-time manager against Aston Villa yesterday.
Chris’ only other PL win, while he was caretaker manager at Newcastle, came against West Brom last February, when Joe Kinnear collapsed on that Saturday morning with his severe heart problems, but Joe had really prepared the team for that particular game.
“Everybody is happy, these games do not happen too often so when they do you have to enjoy them.” “The day could not have been better for us.” “It was a clean sheet, a good defensive display – we limited them to minimal chances.” “There was a difficult moment when they had the penalty.”
“I honestly thought, though, even if they had scored the penalty we could have gone on and won the game.” “The lads were desperate to do well.” “These are the days as a manager you really enjoy.” “We certainly could do that when the fourth goal went in.” “It was a nice feeling, whereas a week ago at Old Trafford we lost.” “That is the other side to the game.”
Certainly the game yesterday was to be enjoyed – even though it came as a complete shock to most Newcastle fans – but a very nice shock after Monday night’s hammering.