Good news today that Cheick Tioté will be back either tomorrow or Wednesday, from his prolonged stay in Accra, Ghana to get his visa renewed.
Cheick Tiote - partnering Cabaye in midfield
And of course he will then be in contention for Saturday’s first Premier League game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park, and Newcastle fans could get the chance to see the new central midfield of Tiote and Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye has looked impressive during the pre-season games, and he was just great against Fiorentina on Saturday, as he played the defensive midfield role in Tiote’s absence, with Haris Vuckic partnering him in midfield.
And of course the 18 year old Slovenian, Vuckic, has also looked a very good player in pre-season, and this could be the season when Haris makes the big breakthrough into the Newcastle first team.
Newcastle fans will be thinking the club has made another top drawer deal in getting Cabaye to Newcastle for only €5M, and this is what Alan Pardew said about the French International today:
“He is central to my vision of how I want to play. Last season I don’t think we had control of games, especially at home.”
“He will give us that. His passing and his grasp of the ball will be significant for us. So far he is looking good. He was the outstanding player on the pitch for me on Saturday.”
“He was playing against four top Italian internationals and he may play for France this week, so it shows we have a very good player on our hands.”
Cabaye and Tiote could form a stellar central midfield for Newcastle this season, and we should get our first chance to see the two lads in action together in a competitive game, on Saturday evening.
And Newcastle could well have Tim Krul starting in goal for the Dutch against England at Wembley on Wednesday evening, and Yohan Cabaye playing for France too.
First things first – let’s hope they don’t get injured!