Hughton Absolutely Delighted With Cheick Tiote

There’s little doubt that one player who seems now to be an absolute bargain for Newcastle is Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.

Cheick Tiote – terrific signing for Newcastle

And Chris  Hughton seems to agree there are some similarities between the great Michael Essien of Chelsea, and our own central  midfielder:

“There are similarities between Cheick and Michael Essien. They’re both great competitors, both physically strong individuals,”   “They both cover plenty of ground and they’ve got that ability to really control that midfield. We’ve been delighted with him since he signed – absolutely delighted.”

“He’s committed and he has a go. I’m not surprised the supporters love him – he gives everything and is very, very committed when he goes out there on that field. He’s hard-working and very, very good.”  “The one difference between him is Essien probably gets forward a bit more and is capable of scoring those goals.

“Cheick can get forward and it would certainly be nice for him to score but I don’t expect him to get too many.”

It’s interesting that Chris doesn’t regard Cheick as a defensive midfielder, which is what he was labeled as, when we signed the 24 year-old from FC Twente in the summer, and Cheick seemed to be absolutely delighted to join the famous Newcastle club.

Chris continued:

“I wouldn’t agree that he’s a defensive midfielder – I never agreed with that when I saw people say it after we signed him,” “I think he gets labelled that because he’s a competitor. Certainly in a three in midfield he can play as the anchor man, if you will, and he did that at Everton and Manchester City.”

“He can play in a holding role, being competitive and playing a disciplined and responsible part, but he is mobile enough to break forward from a deep position.”  “I’m not saying that he’ll score a hatful of goals for us but he can get forward well and that is the kind of contribution that makes it easier for others to score.”

“I always knew he would be the type of player who would do well in the Premier League. He has the kind of build and mentality you want,”  “Getting players like Cheick in, it’s all about a network of scouts. I had seen him myself and when that is the case it sometimes stays in your mind.”

“He was one we’d looked at over a longer period. I saw him a couple of years ago but Newcastle’s scouts knew him even before then, when he was in Belgium. It was a long process, but we were delighted to get our man and he’s proving us right at the moment.”

For a remarkably low fee of just £3.5M, that’s another excellent acquisition for the Newcastle club, and he has played so well for Newcastle ever since he came into the side, and has settled down in England remarkably well.

He’s also a smashing lad, and hopefully we can look forward to many seasons with Cheick Tiote anchoring the Newcastle midfield.

For the record, the 5’11” tall player was born in Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast, and has played at Anderlecht, Roda JC on loan and FC Twente,  and has so far appeared five  times for the Magpies.

Comments always welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes he is wonderful!!!

  • korn8

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote was a very good signing by the club, no doubt about it. Especially against Everton he showed what he was made of. I`m a bit surprised by his technique and i mean in a positive way – he is actually quite good. The most important thing is that he seems confident, that is always important when you are relatively new in the premiership.

    The only thing he needs to lay off is that stupid kicking after players when they are a bit rough with him. The premiership are quite rough and someone have to tell him that, sooner before later. He could have been punished harder by some refs yesterday when he kicked a player, i actually think it happened twice, but the ref didn`t see it the first time…
    Except from that: brilliant player, seems like a hardworking lad with confidence and the abilities needed to play well in the premiership.

  • cg

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Solid and strong, if he indeed refrains from lashing out after the whistle he’ll be getting a lot of free kicks with him instead – from frustrated opponents 🙂

    Love the signing.

  • howay man

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    HUGHTON HAD IT RIGHT! back to 4-5-1
    simpson collocini campbell enrique
    routledge guthrie nolan tiote gutierez

    Perch Dropped because;
    perch was bad against Man Utd. letting the ball bounce etc

    played a decent game vs villa but only because they were useless.

    he nearly gave away a penalty vs wolves, (bad ref decision not to give it)

    he was useless vs Blackpool.

    he let everton in down the right twice late on for 2 sitters that they missed.

    he got beat by Robert Huth’s assist for stokes first. he was running the ball out of play, and he scored their second for them.

    he was out of positio for mancity’s ball over the top which led to their penalty.

    he cost us both goals yesterday and was all together an absolute disgrace.

    all this complete with the title to be the first player to get 5 yellows in 5 consecutive games. he must be dropped

    Williamson Dropped because;
    He got out jumped be 5ft 7 charles nzogbia.
    He has been solid before that but I believe that 1 mistake is bad enough for him to fall to the bench.

    Barton Dropped because;
    couldnt put a pass together yesterday, and was partly at fault for wigan’s second.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Love him even before he kick a ball with nufc

    The only bad thing is that if he is injured – alan smith have To play!

  • N.Ireland Mag

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve been so impressed with Tiote since he came in, but he had a bit of an off day yesterday. He gave the ball away a number of times, one of which led to one of their goals.

    He was brilliant against Everton and City though.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    you will find it was barton that gave the ball away for the second goal not tiote

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Oct 17, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Andrew = Classic Center Forward, he should play alone, that why 4-5-1 is the best formation for NUFC.

  • leedodd

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes Have to Agree He has Been really Good !!! Lets Hope we dont get a silly bid for him and We don’t cash in !!!!!!

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Bargain. £3.5 million and he’s nearly as good as the top CDMs in the league!

    He was below par yesterday, but he was still one of our better players

  • Davies

    Oct 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Love him. Top man.

  • chuck

    Oct 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Yep ! a real good addition to the side, something we have lacked since Parker left and face it he is a DM, playing in front of the back four and does a creditable job.
    Perhaps when he settles in he may make a few runs and may improve his distribution, but as long as he breaks up attacks and puts his body about, he will be doing the job he was hired for.
    When he and Ben Arfa are in the side, it changes the chemistry of the side, with one breaking up attacks the other opening sides up, think how the side would look with Krajncar on the wing
    ——-Ben Arfa———
    Now if Taylor want`s to go to Everton, then a part exchange and cash deal for young S. Coleman would`nt be a bad move.

  • N.Ireland Mag

    Oct 17, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye you’re right Dave, I was thinking of the pass.

    I wonder how long it will be before fans get on his back for not making forward passes a la Scott Parker- shouldn’t have let him go.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #14

    4-5-1 doesnt work simple as Andy ONLY plays well with others around him so 451 is not our best formation its our EASIEST for chris to impliment and doesnt work unless we play counter.


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