Cheick Tiote, the Ivory Coast international, picked up his 5th booking of the season against Fulham on Saturday, and will have to sit out the important game at Bolton next Saturday afternoon.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Fulham on Saturday
Tiote looks to have been a fantastic signing for just £3.5M from Dutch club FC Twente in the summer, but he will need to learn how not to pick up so many yellow cards in the future, although there’s no way Chris Hughton is going to rein him in anytime soon.
Tiote gave a good interview with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“When I’m not playing I feel like a caged tiger.” “Already, I know that the Premier League is the place for me and Newcastle United suits me absolutely fine.”
“I hope to keep doing it for them.” “I think the Premier League suits my style of play too.” “It is physical and my game is to break up the play to win the ball for my team-mates.”
“It’s a great feeling to hear the supporters roar you on when you win a tackle.” “That’s what I enjoy doing.” “You don’t have to be the most skilful player to be effective in football – everybody has different roles.”
Tiote is now with the Ivory Coast team, who will play Poland tomorrow night, and his team mates include Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure.
And Cheick has said the three of them persuaded him during last summer’s World Cup in South Africa, to come to the Premier League, which is of course well suited to his physical style of play.
“They speak French like me and we had a big conversation together after the World Cup.” “They said that I would be a hit in the Premier League.”
“I am 24 and I knew I needed to step up to La Liga or the Premier League, but they said this league would suit me the best.”
“There are big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona or Man United and Chelsea, but Newcastle is also a very big club. We have a lot of fans and a great stadium.”
But the most important thing Check said today – as far as we are concerned – is that his background was full of poverty back home in the Ivory Coast, and the midfielder is unwilling to forget what he has left behind, and he says that he still sends money back to his brothers and sisters.
“I still send cash to my five brothers and three sisters at home.”
Cheick has become an even bigger favorite of ours, after we have learned that.
He’s a good lad is Cheick, and we are so pleased he is now with Newcastle United.