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.
“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.
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