Cheick Tiote has given a great interview for the official Newcastle site this week, when he answered questions from the Newcastle fans.
Cheick Tiote with good pal Ben Arfa in training
And not surprisingly Cheick was asked, becasue he is so good, and also came at a remarkably low price of just £3.5M, were there any other Ivory Coast players he could recommend.
Here’s the question from Mark Lowes, and the answer given by Cheick, whose fast becoming a big favorite with Newcastle fans, because of his excellent performances so far this season.
Question: Hey, I’m all for finding talent such as yourself, and would like to look in your homeland. Who can you recommend from your native country?
Answer: I have two names. The first is Gervinho, who plays for Lille as a forward or winger. He is really good, 23 years old and a great player. The other is Seydou Doumbia of CSKA Moscow. He’s a striker and he’s a great prospect.
Gervinho – full name Gervais Yao Kouassi
Gervinho is a 23 year-old striker or forward, who is currently at French club Lille and has played 13 times for his country with 4 goals. He was at Belgium club Beveren from 2005 until 2007 before moving to Le Mans in France, where he stayed for two seasons, before joining Lille just last year.
He has played around 40 times for the French club with 17 goals, and one English club interested in the player at least for a couple of seasons is – Arsenal.
Doumbia is a 5’10” striker currently at CSK Moscow, whom he joined in January of this year from Swiss club Young Boys, and the contract stipulated he would stay at Young Boys until the end of last season, before moving to Russia.
He has also played at ASEC Mimosas , Denguelé, – both Ivory Coast clubs, Kashiwa Reysol 24 and Tokushima Vortis on loan – both Japan clubs, and Young Boys, before he joined the Moscow club.
Seydou seems to have no problem in scoring goals, since in 136 first class appearances he’s scored 90 goals so far in his career, and in 11 games with the Russian side he’s scored 10 goals.
Whether Newcastle will make a move for either of these players is a very good question.