Cheick Tioté has so far been a huge success on Tyneside, and his aggressive midfield play has made Newcastle into a much better side, and Cheick has already played some great games for the Newcastle club.
Cheick Tiote – in action against West Brom
Cheick didn’t get many starts under Steve McClaren at FC Twente last season, when they won the Eredivisie, but he has been a starter on Tyneside ever since he’s arrived, and has been a star not only for Newcastle, but also in the Premier League, because there are not many better defensive midfielders than Cheick.
Cheick has put in some great performances, and helped Newcastle get some famous victories already this season.
Cheick Tiote is a very humble man and sends money back to his brothers and sisters in the Ivory Coast, and it looks like he will not be seeing them this Christmas unfortunately, because it’s difficult for them to get visas apparently, but we would hope the Newcastle club could assist in that.
It’s always good to have family with you when you are in a new and strange country, although he does have his wife and young daughter with him in Newcastle.
Cheick has so far played only 13 times for Newcastle, but he has settled in very well on Tyneside, even if the weather is bitter cold.
This is what Tiote said today:.
“I feel I have settled in well, everything has been great apart from the cold,” “It is absolutely freezing here and I notice it in my hands.”“When I play, I normally play with gloves on because my hands are so cold but my neck is not a problem – so I will not be wearing a snood.”
“It was also cold in Holland but nowhere near as cold as it is here.” “I always thought I would settle in fine here.” “I have always worked hard in training and have continued that at Newcastle.”
“All the coaches have been telling me what they want me to do and I have tried to follow their instructions. I think it helped that I came from Holland because the football is fairly similar.”
“The Dutch League is more technical but you also need to be strong over there and I have always been comfortable with the physical side of the game.” “To be honest I have always believed in myself and as soon as I started playing football, I knew it could be my path to success.”
“I knew I would have to make some big decisions in my life like leaving my home but I was happy to do that if it meant me succeeding in my job.”
So there’s the big news right there – Cheick will no longer be wearing a snood - but he’ll have to wear gloves to keep his hands from freezing.
We don’t care what he wears to be honest, but we know Sir Alex Ferguson thinks players who wear snoods are softies.
I don’t think many Newcastle fans would call Cheick Tiote soft – would you?
No. Cheick is not only a great footballer, but he’s also a smashing lad, and when we heard the story that he sends money back to his many brothers and sisters in the Ivory Coast – that was it – he’s definitely one of our favorites.
But wouldn’t you think the club could help his brothers and sisters come visit Newcastle – maybe when it gets a little bit warmer and above freezing – one day in the summer maybe?