We haven’t heard too much about Cheik Tiote sinc ehe signed for Newcastle, other than he’s a very good player, and he was delighted to join Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote - on the bench on Saturday
Cheick was on the bench for Newcastle in the dismal 2-0 home loss to Blackpool on Saturday, and the good news is that he is settling in at Newcastle very well, and seems to be delighted to have signed for a club with the great history that Newcastle no doubt has.
The 24-year-old 15 times capped player for the Ivory Coast, signed for Newcastle on a four year deal recently, and then he took off to play for the Ivory Coast during the International break, and Newcastle applied for a work permit.
The work permit came through with no problem and Cheick returned last week to get himself bedded in at Newcastle.
This is what the defensive midfielder said today:
“I am settling in very well,” “I’m happy, everything is good.”"It has been quite a special summer for me. To be Dutch champions and then to play in the World Cup is a big deal. It was a lot of fun.”
“And now I hope the fun will continue with Newcastle.” “For me Newcastle is perfect. Firstly it is a club I love, and it is a big club. It isn’t a small team – it’s Newcastle, you know? I know the history of the club well.”
Tiote seems to know all about the Tyneside club and their supporters, and he is well aware the club plays a huge part in the life of the City. And of course the fans are passionate – to say the least.
“It is different here,” “The fans seem to be so passionate and I’ve heard a lot about them. There were nearly 50,000 here for the Blackpool game which is amazing. The club is very professional, and I’m very happy here.”"The language is no problem,”
“I’ve had English coaches before, Steve McClaren at Twente for two years and then Sven Goran Eriksson (the Swedish former England manager) at the World Cup. I cope fine with the terminology of football, it’s not a problem at all.”
“Steve McClaren is a real coach, you know? Players work hard for him and I think that experience will be helpful for me here at Newcastle.” “I do think English coaches have a different approach to the game. They have a different approach to the game and they expect a different work ethic.”
“But that suits me. I would say I’m physical, I have good technique, I’m very determined and I’m very competitive. I always want to win, that’s my style.”
It may take a game or two before Tiote makes his debut, but if he doesn’t play on Saturday at Everton, we have to think he will start the game at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday night, in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup.
Nothing like making your debut at the current Premier League Champions.
Tiote comes to Newcastle with a very good name as a tough but fair player, and certainly looked good for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup this summer.
We really look forward to this lad playing for the first team.