Cheick Tiote Has Been Brilliant For Newcastle


Mot Newcastle fans are hoping can bring in one or two bargains this summer, and we must say the Newcastle scouting staff seems to have done a very decent job since we were relegated.

Cheick Tiote – brilliant for Newcastle last season

And one of Newcastle best signings last summer and one of the best for some time is Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote who is comfortably ahead in our Player of the Season vote.

You can still vote on our home page if you haven’t yet done so.

Alan Pardew has been singing the praises today of our great 24 year-old powerhouse midfielder today:

“I think his record will be better, but he ain’t going to change,”

“We’re all going to be exasperated at some point when he gets a booking or smashes into someone, but we’ll all probably smile about it, because that’s him, and I wouldn’t want to change that.”

“It’s a very, very difficult balancing act, but he’ll get it, he’ll get it.” “I’ve seen it before. Players come into the Premier League and want to prove that they’re big enough and strong enough and tough enough to take it on.”

“It just goes too far a little bit, and I think that happened to Cheick.” “Whenever there was a tough guy on the pitch, I think he seemed to want to make a mark and put his stamp on the game.”

“He hasn’t got to do that, he’s just got to play well. He’s a brilliant player, and a big player for us.” “Missing him was a real, real blow in the last two games.”

“There’s no way West Brom would have scored three goals in the second half with Cheick on the pitch – 100 per cent.”

Alan is right of course because if Cheick had been available those last couple of games, Newcastle would have finished a very good 9th in the Premier League.

But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing Cheick play a lot more games for Newcastle next season, although he will be missing in January for the African Cup of Nations.

We also think Cheick can get ever better next season – and I often wonder how much he’s worth now – given we paid a measly £3.5M for him from FC Twente last August.

A great piece of business by Chief Scout Graham Carr – let’s give credit where credit is due. 😀

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90 comments so far

  • Mark Liddell

    May 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Not the best looking guy in the world ^ aha

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  • TOON4LIFE_1

    May 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    lol yeh cudda picked a better picture for him.

    nah hes our rock in midfield,

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  • Enn You Eff Sea

    May 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I think hes beautiful… hahaha

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    3rd!

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  • thepict

    May 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    IMO, best 3.5 million ever spent – what a steal

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  • Nufc_mo

    May 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Flippin 10 second drive thru penalty cost me my 2nd victory~!

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  • alip123

    May 31, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #7

    I dont care how ugly the b***ard is, as long as they are playing with pride in the black and white shirt i will bloody love them.

    HWTL!!!!

    Hopefully, we sign Gervinho, M’Bengue, N’Zogbia, Rondon, (cabaye is basically ours), El Arabi, Phil Jones and that will be fine. I am also hoping that;

    a) We do a u-turn and give Barton a new deal

    b) Enrique does a u-turn and signs a new deal for us

    c) Nolan joins his good mate Barton into a new deal

    d) I’d also like to see Guthrie and Lovenkrands given short extensions. 1 year for each. Lets remember Guthrie was injured at the start of the season and also was played out of position.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 31, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ll never forget the look on De Jongs face when Tiote turned on him just after the Ben Arfa incident. He filled his pants.

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  • Mark Liddell

    May 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    I want Gamerio and Gervinho in a black and white shirt more than anything next season! We will be a serious attacking force then! Defence will still only be mid-table quality, even with enrique.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 31, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    alip123, and I hope we get half the players (the better half) that we are being connected with. Enrique goes to Liverpool and Dalglish is found out.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    hope Tiote can help us get gervinhio by talking to him tat how good the life is in NEWCASTEL

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  • LondonMagpie

    May 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I <3 Tiote

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Where is pedro to tell us about the contract situation hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!IMO Tiote cud get into any team in the prem so his loyalty must be very good!!!I’m afraid to say unless we get Europe nxt yr ( which we could) Tiote will be in demand!!!!

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  • The Entertainers

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Shocking comments from French journo on talk sport saying how surprised that cabaye has gone to a rubbish team
    Like us !

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  • sticklebricks

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #15

    “There’s no way West Brom would have scored three goals in the second half with Cheick on the pitch – 100 per cent.”

    Indeed… He should have been on the bench as an option at least.. I can’t see us finishing in Europe next season so why we didn’t push for as good a premier league position this year with the table being so close around us is completely beyond me!

    To be fair though I didn’t rate Pardew when he arrived and he has far exceeded my expectations so I’ll let him off this once 😛

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  • TimToon9

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks of a warrior! Gladiator!

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  • y do frenchies h8 us lol

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  • Thump

    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Most of those bookings for Tioté were completely unnecessary.

    Here’s an interesting statistic: Newcastle United averaged 12 fouls a game – the same as eight other EPL clubs with one of them being fair play league winners Chelsea.

    Joey Barton syndrome, anybody?

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  • Dannyo

    May 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    His eyes scream “MURDER”, his head screams “someone let me out!”
    Amazing footballer tho, continue proving your premier league toughness cheik!!

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  • Toonarmy1993

    May 31, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    lets hope our transfer targets arent watching geordie shore at the minute… seems to be giving off the wrong impression of newcastle to me… haha

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  • alkinou

    May 31, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    What the French see us as a team which finished 12th in the EPL, that isn’t brilliant. It’s true we have a really good fanbase and facilities but at the end of the year we were the 12th best English football team.
    I honestly was also surprised he quits a club who has just won the French League and who was qualified for Champions League to join us not even playing in Europe. That’s also why I think Gervinho will not join us.

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  • Hoppefot79

    May 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    If we can get Cabaye, Gervinho & Zog, I’ll be over the moon! As for strikers, not too sure about Ba..

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  • Andy

    May 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23

    French hate us because we nab good players from them Zog Robert Ginola. We also ruin some of them Gui’varch to name one. Toonarmy1993 it’s a bit annoying at times but I think it’s quite funny

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  • even less confident about getting gervinho now like must be honest

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  • NUFC STEVE

    May 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #25

    http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=IE#/watch?v=nJO0Bxeprlo
    Unreal vid, look at arfas free kick v twente!!!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I find it shocking too that Cabaye decided to quit them for us. We can only offer a huge passionate fan base and nothing more for now. Which is why Gervinhos type of signing are out of the equation.

    We should be trying to find cheap players who can make the step up. Albeit a gamble. But we cannot attract top top names. Players like Ba, Larsson, Pratley, Gradel should be on the top of our list.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    May 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #27

    money talks no doubt about that.
    ditmar van nostril boy to sign on friday from plymouth,done deal he just has to tie up loose ends at plymouth.

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  • greek toon

    May 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    As i stated in the previous thread, in greece they are mentioning we are in for cisse and he is available for 5-6mil euros which is quite cheap, although they do state that the reports are emerging from england.

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  • tinoo

    May 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    1 year now. Time to spell his name correctly 🙂 Cheik

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  • TOON4LIFE_1

    May 31, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

    well, premier league is the best league in the world, and also, cabaye knows that lille will barely get past the group stages in europe.

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  • colwell

    May 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Gradel no way Routledge looked alot better in the championship then he did. When Leeds and QPR played Routledge smashed Gradel on pace.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    May 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #32

    toonbelmonter

    why are you less confident? what did i miss?

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #33

    It dont matter nufc_mo i got a 25 second stop and go in monaco. Went from 3rd to 11th, cost us 18 points.

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  • roe997

    May 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #34

    our reputation in france,for those who arnt aware,has greatly been improved by the signing of ben arfa and the way we have handled him,his transfer and injury.he has been key to us and will be in future signings of ligue 1.

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  • jaw4life

    May 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #35

    People on twitter seem to be getting nervous that as PSG has just been bought by that Qatari Investment Authority that they might throw their weight around in the market, possible buying Gameiro or Gervinho….Gameiro apparently spoke with PSG a few weeks back.

    They arent in Cl so i dno what to think….
    But it’s newcastle so it wont be plain sailing, there will be another twist in the Gervinho and Gameiro tale….

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  • ilovetoon8788

    May 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #36

    @ colwell // May 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    But Routledge has shown he can’t make the step up to the Premier League. He just lacks the brains to match his pace.

    Gradel is young and with proper guidance and training he could be a top player. We need to make this gambles. As we can’t pull top name signings like Gervinho.

    Gradel, Ba, Taraabt, Shane long, Ashley Williams, Scott Sinclar, Danny Graham.

    They could all be very very good players in the EPL.

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  • lads for the 1st time this window a think people are right, y wud gervinho, gameiro, sturridge and nzogbia wanna cum up here, newly promoted, no europe and not even the biggest wages than what others cud offer, we have to think real here lads,

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Kick them down you Zulu warrior, kick them down you Zulu Cheick, Cheick, Cheick.

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  • va602sw

    May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m really not negative at all about Newcastle, good finish, could have been so much better we need some more quality to go with the sprit to be better than 12.
    Arfa n Tiote last season 4 more this season 3 more next season that puts us about where Everton stand now but if we keep r cover players we can really kick in to the top 6 teams lets face it’ll be hard look at there teams there good teams.
    Plus I respect the way we do thing now Freddy was a shit really fucked us up, hall spend money like a chump, let pray Ashley getting a grip finally (about time to be honest)
    Shame about barton
    viva the revolution ha ha

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  • sticklebricks

    May 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #40

    @alkinou “I honestly was also surprised he quits a club who has just won the French League and who was qualified for Champions League to join us not even playing in Europe.”

    Player wages in England are about five times higher on average than France.. And he knows that at Newcastle he stands a chance of regular football whereas Chelski/Arsenal Etc don’t offer that and Stoke/Everton etc can’t afford the wages/transfer fee..

    Not to mention his teammate Gervhino is coming here 😛

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