Cheick Tiote Will Become A Big Favorite On Tyneside


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.

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211 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Well lets hope you’re rite Steve, I look forward to seeing him play soon 🙂

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully he will add some extra muscle in our squad. I don’t know how worth he is but If he can develop himself in PRM, he will be our Essien. Welcome to the Geordies world Cheick.

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  • Toontastico

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    By all accounts this lad is pretty handy and at 24 has some more development pottential in him – now to get sum1 in with a good bit of creativity and were laughin!!

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    when will work permit be ready?..rather impatient..as long as one day he appears on official website with nufc shirt..
    is HBA really dead water now?

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Wonderful.

    I believe this is yey another quality signing for us.

    Remember, we’re in the process of building, and that takes time, so this is exactly the sort of signing that will help us get back near the sumit of the Premiership.

    CH is proving to be a very, very good manager.

    And I will continue to say this even when results don’t go our way.

    He has to be given a good few years to really drive us in the right direction. Just hope the idiots who post on here all too often dont start asking for his head if (when) we lose a few games.

    Stick with him (and even Ashley) and I can really see us being a force again.

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  • tiki_toon

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNU0fldo0Vw

    Just realised this is the guy who put his foot through Elano at the World Cup.

    Houghton building on a mean midfield…

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    when tiote will be offcially our player..permit takes so long..suddenly HBA is so quiet..is it becos OM ask him to shut up?

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    hba will still sign y do people keep saying its dead in the water

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  • Gosling

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed vous vagin putain mère lécher le cul baise sucer la bite branleur seins manger, baiser tous vos blogueurs que je vous souhaite à tous meurent du sida Vas te faire encule tous les enculés.

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    he will sign he was in newcastle over the weekend ?

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    what does that mean ???

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #12

    i think its an indication already that hes leavin OM by keep quiet recently?..right?

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #13

    yea and i think he play at wolves on sat

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  • Ally

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we are mostly all in agreement that he is leaving OM its just his destination that is the question

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Gosling- what was that about? Google translate gave me the gist but wtf?

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #16

    tbh i don’t think we will get HBA anymore.. just went on too long and i think someone like stoke or birmingham will panic buy him on the last day, thats what om is holding out for, a pernament fee 🙁

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    gosling is telling everyone to go f ..

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  • Gosling

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Jackdnufc

    I really don’t know mate i copied it and pasted it from a french blog i was hoping someone would translate it for me.

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    ed you wanna check what gosling said about you ..

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  • d_craig

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    breaking news in the next 48 hrs kevin nolan going to everton

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  • jackdnufc

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d post it up for you but it’s a bit much. What were they talking about on the said blog lk?

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #22

    gosling .. are you 12?

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  • hitman

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    are not you again

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  • Gosling

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    sweendog

    ffs i copied it from .org and the person copied it from a french blog i didn’t write that ed.

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  • d_craig

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #25

    what do u mean by that hitman

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    d_craig .. Moyes has been watching both our games .. but still can’t see it ..

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #27

    listen lads this is my opinion… might be a bit optimistic but i have just got a feeling, well.. im sure u have seen today that Loic Remy had to have an MRI scan because of a heart problem and has just been given the all clear to continue with his career and at the same time HBA’s agent is saying the have an agreement with an unnamed club and it is well documented that we have a new tight lipped transfer system now so im thinkin maybe, hopefully, OM were just waiting to get the all clear for Loic Remy while at the same time we have told HBA and his agent to keep quiet. So if my theory is correct HBA should be arriving by 2moro 😀

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28

    d_craig…r u lying through ur teeth?
    CR and real madrid is also a long saga..any diff with nufc and HBA?

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  • d_craig

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    also swp coming on a 2 yr deal

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    hba agreed adeal at the weekend he was in newcastle and should sign in the next 2 days and y would he choose birmingham over us dont be silly

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Gosling .. wise up you can tell .. so somebody on a seperate blog is saying ” ed ‘does things to his mother'” etc etc .. get a life ..

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  • hardik

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    mates forget ben arfa..

    imagine if all the players would b fit than our bench will have lights of

    gosling,simpson,tiote,taylor,guthrie,lovenkrands, campbhell wht more we reqiure just one great striker who can support caroll

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  • sweendog

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    toonruz .. my worry is birmingham don’t have a wage cap .. hence the 70k+ wages being touted over the weekend..

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  • Gosling

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ2W6KSEwjo&feature=related

    i think we should sign this player he is fast and good at headering the ball everyone watch him he is a striker 23 years old and is good at finishing watch the video

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  • hitman

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    d graig were the same d graig that come on here awhile back saying the same shite,you got nowt right

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  • toonruz

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #36

    if not today i think he be in newcastle by tonight

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  • Gosling

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #37

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aipyXFReSJw&feature=related

    this is a better video of him, he’s world class.

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  • stunna

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #38

    anyone know how to pronounce his first name – “chick”, “check”, “chack, or other?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #39

    it will be weird to sign for birmingham when hba says ch understands him..so hba feels that now alex mcleish understand hba more than ch?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #40

    plus if hba is in for money…he will not declare stop playing for OM…

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