Hatem Ben Arfa has captured all the headlines for his amazing winning goal on Saturday at Goodison Park but there were good performances all over the pitch for the Newcastle side.
Cheick Tiote – challenges Fellaini Saturday
One player who had a huge impact for Newcastle was new boy Cheick Tiote, who played a huge part in the Magpies’ victory.
It looks like another great piece of transfer business for Newcastle, as the Ivory Coast International looked like he had been playing in the Premier League for many a season – and yet this was his debut.
More displays of ball-getting for Newcastle like the lad showed on Saturday, and Cheick will become a big favorite on Tyneside, that’s for sure.
The 24-year-old, who starred for the Ivory Coast in South Africa and played in all their three games, described the feeling as a dream come true for him.
Tiote spoke to Sky Sports today:
“I am settling in the North East very well,” “To be honest, I am happy to be here.”"Playing in this league is a dream of any child so I am very happy about that, my debut in one of the great stadium of English football was amazing.”
“I am happy with my debut, the refs let the tackles fly in this league and that is one of the strong parts of my game. I can take tackles but I am a good tackler as well.”
Tiote was also given praise his midfield team-mates Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, and the Barton – Tiote partenrdhip looked a great potential partnership with Tiote keeping things steady at the back and allowing Joey to do what he’s best at – moving forward.
“With Kevin Nolan and Barton around, our midfield will cherish any battle,”
“I am happy with the win; if we play compact like that then Ben Arfa will make all the difference for us.”
“He is a top talent, someone you pay to watch, on his day he is unplayable.”
When two of our new boys star in their full debuts for the side, and Newcastle deservedly get a famous win at Everton, things have to look good for the future of Newcastle United.