Cheick Tiote Makes Such A Difference For Newcastle

It was obvious to all who saw the game on Tuesday night,  that Cheick Tiote makes a huge difference to the Newcastle team, when he plays.

Tiote trying to dance with Michael Carrick on Tuesday

His all action style, and phenomenal work rate, plus his ability to win the ball, seem to be so crucial to Newcastle, and when he’s missing , like he had been in the previous couple of games, the Magpies are simply not the same side.

But Cheick has missed 6 games through suspension this season, and he again picked up a yellow card on Tuesday on his return from a two game suspension,  his 11th of the season.

And that’s an area he must improve on in his game,  and his manager Alan Pardew has already made that abundantly clear to the Ivory Coast International.

Cheick was interviewed after the game on Tuesday evening, and he has today talked to the Newcastle press corps:

“The season is far from finished – we are not safe yet and we have to keep fighting until we can say we are.” “We can’t think that the season is over and it is holiday time.”

“That would be a terrible mistake, and we owe it to the fans who are traveling to Blackpool to give them the victory that would make it a great day for them.” “We need to play well and take more points to be safe.”

“Blackpool are fighting against relegation, so it won’t be an easy game.” “Everyone wants to play against the big teams. You never know what can happen if you work hard on the pitch.

“We’re happy with the draw and we’re confident.” “Whether it’s Manchester United or Chelsea, we try to win, but it’s not easy.” “They have a lot of good players.”

“We had a lot of possibilities to score.” “Hopefully, we can take our chances in the next game.” “I tried to shoot, and it was not good.” “Maybe in the next game!” “I will always try to chip in with a goal or two.”

Tiote made his return from suspension against Man U and was straight into the book with another yellow card, but he insists he will not alter his combative style of play. The Ivory Coast international added: “I was not happy to miss two games. Now I’m back, I do my job for the team and the fans.

“We have to think about the next game now.” “It’s a long time – you can’t do anything. If you miss two games, you have to wait.” “You have to be ready. I think I did my job against Manchester United, and now I am thinking about the next game.”

That’s a good attitude from Cheick, and Newcastle have three teams they still have to meet this season – Blackpool, Birmingham and WBA, and if the lads can play decent football in those three games, they should be able to beat all three of the teams.

And Saturday’s opponents, Blackpool, have hardly been playing well of late, and are missing some of their best players through injury, and if Newcastle play anywhere near the way they played on Tuesday night, the lads should be able to take all 3 points.

And that will make Newcastle safe for this season, on 43 points.

It all sounds very good to us.

Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    When CT plays, it’s like having an extra man on the pitch. He deffo does the work of 2 imo. Think he needs to change his hair like, starting to look like a poor mans Mr T.

  • MarkO

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote is the buy of the season for any PL team, this guy is world class

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    ONE of the best bargains

  • nightfa11

    Apr 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    tiote & chicarito…cant decide whos the best buy of the season in EPL

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I like him so much

  • lewman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    odemwingie was a good buy too, only 1 million for west brom and has done very well

  • Dan in france

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    has to be up there for pound to pound dirt cheap signing 4 a world class player you cant argue with that!! now roll on the summer for us to uncoverr some more gems!! cant wait

  • Danj_008

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Love Tiote, he has made a big diffence to the team this season..

    I have notice he has a habit of giving the ball away at times especially in our defensive area. he did it on Tuesday which resulted in man U attacking.. and couple of other games..

    That being said his work rate and effort is amazing, he is on to the opposition players very quickly and love watching him play..

    just hope M.A doesn’t cash in on him.. He really is the engine of the midfield..

  • eaststand

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree, with Barton and Tiote we have true class.

  • Flood

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    he has so much composure on the ball! as jamie redknapp said he could easily get into the man united team!

    i cant wait to see who we sign! hopefully we do the deals early so no panic buying on the final day!

  • Davies

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Let’s hope he stays at the club. We’re going to get some good offers for this lad in the summer.

  • juniorgman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    go to talk sport and listen to the shephard interview. he actually comes across really well.

  • Flood

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    he’s more important to us than andy carroll was so anything below £35mil……..

  • Flood

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    should be rejected! no idea why i’ve used 2 comments! i’m an idiot!

  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #15


    haha, you put some suspense on your post there! I could almost hear the drum roll when reading.

  • breadman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Fantastic player. He is such a calming presence in the middle of the park.

    Now let’s just hope Liverpool/Tottenham don’t get linked with him or sth. 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Arsenal would win the league if they had him!!!!
    He is pure class.
    Hope we reject all offers for him in the Summer but anything around 35 million might see him gone too.
    Hope not as it`ll be great to see our Midfield in action next season with Arfa back,Gosling,Barton,Tiote,Nolan,Possibly Ireland,Jonas,Lua Lua,R.Tayls,Ferguson and sell off Smudger.
    Now just to get Drogba 🙂

  • Billy1985

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    he is just the nufc engine honestly would love to know how far he runs in total in a match. he is amazing player just glad mr carr is at our club. my idol was rob lee but if tiote starts to not get booked as much and starts scoring a few more he can become a much better player than lee even though he already is fit wise lol just another 6 and a half years to watch him eh lol

  • archaeomag

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Not good new on the Harper front; BBC says he may need a knee operation.
    Looks like Tim K will have the gloves for rest of the season.

  • drizzyTOON

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    @Marty-Toon your right about that and i hope we keep him as we will defo have one of the best midfields in the prem.
    Liking the optimism with drogba!

  • archaeomag

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

    We need a second Tiote – to cover when he is serving his bans for accumulating yellow cards!

  • drizzyTOON

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    if Timmy K plays like he did against Man U all the time he can have the gloves for good!

  • Billy1985

    Apr 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    i think with harper being at the age he is and getting an op i think krul should stay in get the experience going now he is a cracking keeper i have faith anyway………archaeomag we need 11 tiotes lol

  • sammydolan

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    When you are Cheick Tiote, you have what ever hair cut you want and no one says otherwise. Fact.

  • archaeomag

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree about Rob Lee – you can’t ask more of a player than they try hard – Tiote is an inspiration – never gives up- Rooney must of have been sick of the sight of him.
    AP made a point of praising Lovenkrands – I know he does not score enough – but he hassled Man U like a terrier, tremendous work rate.


    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Krul doesnt have enough experience to be our no1 next year he needs a loan to a low end prem team or a high end championship team. Am always more at ease when Harps is in goal.

    @sammydolan Tiotes hair is one of the few things I dislike about the fella

    In order to have a good team you need a good spine (its always said) Good solid keeper (Harper), good solid CBs (collo/willo partnership is brilliant most of the time), strong CM (Nolan and Tiote no contest) and a strong CF/ST (………Besty and Sow/Long/Taarbt(begrudingly)/Doyle next season for me)

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Drogba would be nice yeah but as we have all seen since AC has been sold that we are in dire need of Fire Power.
    I will send yer man Carr a packed sandwich lunch if he can uncover a few more gems….that should give him the get up and go attitude 🙂

  • Pwnanza

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Some say Tiote is the fist that lives inside of chuck Norris’ beard

    others say that Tiote emerged from Chuck Norris’ toilet

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29


    I agree with ya there,Doyle would be a good buy for us.He can play up front on his own or in a pair or with an offensive midielder behind him and has a class workrate

  • sammydolan

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey guys, it could be worse, he could of been white with hair rolls like a certain someone had.. IRELAND!


    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #31

    I wondered how long til the Tiote Chuck Norris facts would take to come on to here…joyus

    @Marty-toon am glad someone agrees with me….its not a often occurance haha. Also if we want a experienced front man Kevin Davies would be cheap 2-3 million…2 year contract wouldnt be money wasted

    up front next season my ideal lot is Rodon/Gamerio, Sow, Best, Doyle, Long, Ranger (out on loan) and Airey (out on loan)

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Tiote has probably been our player of the year. A great game against ManU. It looks like Ben Arfa won’t play against Blackpool now. I doubt we will see him this year. A pity but can’t take chances. Same with Gosling. Doyle is a hard worker Marty-Toon but wouldn’t be my first choice if we have real money to spend. We need a clinical finisher, a real shark in the water. Let’s hope Carr is up to it. With growing confidence and a real strike force we should push for top 6 next year.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #33

    see harps n guthrie out for the season am glad krul is a better keeper than harps by a mile

    wwjbd- ya experience argument with krul jus dont stand for one he is already better than harper and secondly harper might b 36 but he has played bout 3 seasons in all those years for us, jus look at joe hart at man city shay given cant get a lookin dosent always benefit to hav a more experience player in the team


    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    @davytoon completely different to Hart and Given in all fairness.

    Krul positions are doubtful, his kicking isnt great and he has very little EPL experience. I know I am sounding very harsh on the lad and I dont mean to, I rate him highly and think he will be brilliant in a season or two but being a keeper is all about experience….fair play Harps hasent been no1 GK for us for that long but he has studied the game for a very long time.

    Thats why I think Krul should go out on loan to a decent level team. He needs a run in a good team to learn but I dont want a player learning as our no1. Harps has already stated he will be retiring in a season or so

  • hainesy

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Shame about Guthrie I reckon he has been outstanding in 2 of our last 3 games. Form like this would have ensured his spot at the club. Future still in doubt but he has certainly helped his chances of staying in these last few games.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Tiote is a great player for us. But it is still in the back of my mind that there are enough games left for Tiote to be banned for the first 2 games next season.

  • hainesy

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    With this surgery on his knee does anyone else think Harper might retire this season? If not I think he may reconsider the 2 years he stated and cut it to 1

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Doyle is mediocre at best. To replace AC, he has said ‘we want someone at the same level as AC was.’

    Does anyone listen to AP? He’s said he wants ‘young players who have a fair amount of experience at a high level, who wouldn’t depreciate in value. We could take a liking to the odd teenage unproven prospect.’ Just paraphrasing and combining a few comments he’s made.

    I often state players I’d like to see here, but try to always keep in mind what has been said said, listen to the bloke!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #39

    That’s crossed my mind hainsey, would be a sad way to end it, fading into the background.

  • arfa chance

    Apr 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Shame about guthrie was starting to play well. Sad if harps retires he has been a true servant.


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