Tiote And Ben Arfa Already Good Friends

There is a good interview with new boy Cheick Tiote on the Newcastle web-site today.

Cheick with Campbell and Ben Arfa at Benton

Tiote speaks French and it seems he’s been helped in settling down at the club, by the arrival of  Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa, with whom he is already good friends.

This is what Cheick talked today about Ben Arfa:

“That will help me,” “At the moment my English isn’t great, but I am getting by okay.””He has quickly become a good friend. I didn’t know him before Newcastle, but we’ve got to know each other pretty well.”

There are now a number of Ivory Coast players now playing in the Premier League, with brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure at Manchester City, Saloman Kalou and Didier Drogba at Chelsea, and Emmanuel Eboue at Arsenal.

The most famous of those is of course Didier Drogba, and Cheick knows the striker well from playing together for their country.

Cheick talked about Drogba today:

“He’s someone I know well,” “I have learned a lot from him, he’s a great guy. It was him who suggested to me that I come and play football in England.”

“The English league is very well known over there. I think it is a sign of the quality of the Cote d’Ivoire players that there are so many of them playing in England. I know them all well and I’ve seen a few of them already since arriving.”

Cheick will start to give Alan Smith a run for his money in the central defensive position at Newcastle,  and we feel sure he will make his debut sometime over the next two games – either at Everton in the league on Saturday, or at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday in the Carling Cup tie.

Drogba of course could also be playing in that game next Wednesday, although we hope not.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    My eleven against Everton:


    R Taylor

    Ben Arfa



    Thats mine! But maybe not Hughton´s… 🙂
    But whatever, in Hughton we trust, right?

  • sweendog

    Sep 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon Sweden77 ..
    I’d go

    R Taylor ..Williamson.Colocinni…Enrique
    Routledge.. .. Barton .. Arfa .. Collo

  • giimps

    Sep 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    I`d prob have the same as sweendog but with gutti on the left rather than collo on twice, its legal and a lot easier on collo…………….lol,just kidding m8.we deffo need protection in front of back 4 but i might have benarfa on the left with gutti on the right with routledge just off carol.
    A little ambitious away from home but its do-able I think, as long as barton and tiote sit tight.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Sep 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I dont know, Colo in defence AND left wing.. can he manage that?

  • Moreno

    Sep 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #5

    course he can, his hair gives him super power ye kna

  • toon18

    Sep 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    R Taylor ..Williamson.Colocinni…Enrique
    ………….…Tiote .. Barton

  • baro

    Sep 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Both Tiote and Ben Arfa will be key players this season on Tyneside. They both are all arounders at their spots. Ben Arfa is all around attacker, and Tiote is all around defender. Key players for us this season.

  • Hugo_Viana

    Sep 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    I totally agree with comment 6.
    That would be a perfect, strong squad. Perch is rubbish. Although i would consider Campbell to Williamson in the big games. Experience is vital.


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