Steve McClaren, now managing at German side Wolfsburg, probably knows about new Newcastle signing Cheick Tiote, more than most.
Cheick Tiote – technically good player and very reliable
That’s because Steve managed the Ivory Coast International last season at FC Twente, beating out the big guns of Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch title in his first season in charge.
McClaren, speaking from Germany today, talked about his former player to the Evening Chronicle:
“He’ll be a big favorite at Newcastle – the fans should take to him straight away.” “Cheick’s a physical player, but also very fair. He’s got a good engine, and could prove a real hit at Newcastle.”
“He’ll be ideal for them, especially in away games when he can sit in front of the back four.”
Tiote made 58 appearances for the Dutch side scoring one goal, and has played 13 times for the Ivory Coast, and Steve thinks Newcastle have signed one of the most reliable players in the game, as the former Middlesbrough manager continued:
“He was a very valuable member of my squad.” “However, in the Dutch system of football, he didn’t get as many games as he deserved.”
“Now he will be even more suited to Premier League football.” “He’s a very strong and athletic player. He’s a natural ball winner, and he’ll acclimatise very well to the English game.”
“He’s technically very good, and can maybe make more of a contribution going forward than people would expect.” “I wish him all the best, and look forward to watching his progress at Newcastle, where I’m sure he’ll do very well.”
Newcastle are currently waiting for a work permit for Tiote to come through.