Top Newcastle defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote has arrived back in England after spending more than a week in Accra, Ghana, getting his visa renewed.
Cheick Tiote – back in training with Newcastle
Tiote has been away since the lads returned from their American tour, and it’s good news that he is finally back on Tyneside and can get ready for the game against Arsenal on Saturday.
Newcastle long time physiotherapist Derek Wright accompanied the Ivory Coast International to Ghana, and kept him fit while he was in Africa, so we hope it doesn’t take long for Cheick to find his feet again this week.
Cheick had to travel to Ghana, because of the problems in the Ivory Coast and that’s where the Ivorian embassy is at the moment.
There’s little doubt that Tiote will go straight into the starting lineup on Saturday and partner the impressive looking Yohan Cabaye on central midfield.
And with the signing of another winger in Gabriel Obertan today, Newcastle now have Joey Barton, Dan Gosling, 18 year-olds Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid, and the mercurial Ben Arfa, who can also play in central midfield.
Rather suddenly the Newcastle squad looks a lot stronger now, with five good players having now been brought in this summer, and another striker and a left-back (possibly impressive Dutch International Erik Pieters to replace the departing Jose Enrique?), still to come in this summer.
And if that happens that will make seven new players brought in during the summer, and that would be quite good, as long as Jose is the only player we lose before September 1st.
And Alan Pardew has said there will be no problems in bringing Tiote straight back into the side:
“We’ll have no problems with Cheick, he will be able to pick the ball up and get straight back into things,”
We don’t want to get carried away too much, which is always a danger, but with the arrival of Gabriel Obertan today, the news that Joey Barton is back in training with the first team, and Cheick Tiote now back in training, things are looking a lot more positive this week.
And certainly much improved from what they were last week, that’s for sure.