Cheick Tiote is a competitive player who has been outstanding for Newcastle, since he joined the Magpies from Dutch club FC Twente last summer.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Fulham on Saturday
The Ivorian has fitted so well into the Newcastle side, and has played well right form the start when he made a wonderful debut against Everton.
In that first half we suspect Newcastle fans couldn’t quite believe just what a terrific performance they were seeing in that first half from their new midfielder – what a player this lad promises to be for Newcastle United over the years.
Cheick will be a big loss next Saturday at Bolton as Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about his Ivory Coast International:
“Tioté is a competitive player, he would have had a long way to go to get to that deadline where the fifth booking doesn’t count (what doe he mean by that?).”
“We have to work around it. It was inevitable. We miss him next week and we just have to get the benefits of it because he is a big loss.”
But it turns out that Cheick Tioté is has been included in the Ivory Coast squad for the Wednesday’s friendly against Poland in Chorzow, so at least he will keep in match fitness.
Newcastle’s next game after Bolton is Chelsea at home a week come Sunday and after watching Sunderland demolish Chelsea at home 3-0 yesterday afternoon, we have to think we are in with a chance for some points in that game.
That’s especially true if Chelsea continue to show the complete and utter lack of fight and grit that was on display against Sunderland, who out-played and out-fought the London side.
It’s not very often in the Premier League that a team seems to give up on a game – but that’s what happened with Chelsea yesterday – and this side is top of the Premier League?
We wonder if Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who held a closed door dressing room meeting with his players after the game, got the whip out to his players?