Cheick Tiote Already Keyed Up For Arsenal Game


Newcastle’s popular Cheick Tiote has only ever scored one goal for Newcastle United, but what a goal it was.

Cheick Tiote –  catch me if you can

Of course it was the 89th minute equalizer against Arsenal in that memorable game last February,  when Newcastle famously came back from 4-0 down to draw the game 4-4.

And after scoring,  Cheick was seen to break the world 50 meter dash world record, see the picture above (yes it’s a little blurred but he was moving so quickly!), as he went off on his famous victory run.

And the good news yesterday, along with the signing of new boy Gabriel Obertan, was that Cheick finally returned from his trip to Accra, Ghana, and was successful in getting his visa renewed.

Cheick talked to the Newcastle press today about that goal of his:

“Everywhere I go in Newcastle, people ask me about this goal,” “It makes it hard to forget! I must focus on this game this time around, it is a different occasion again.”

“This is a game I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,   playing Arsenal is a huge occasion for me and the team.”  “It’s also a difficult start for us, and we have to do everything to win this game.”

“It’s vital we start the season with a bang.” “We saw the atmosphere last time,  it was one of the craziest games I have ever been involved in,   but this time we can’t give them a head-start!”

Good words from Cheick, and he had a great season last season, and recently Chief Scout Graham Carr said that even he had been surprised at just how well Cheick has done at Newcastle.

Graham said he didn’t think he turn out to be that good, after he had scouted the Ivory Coast International for a few years, and he was signed a year ago by the Magpies for  just £3.5M from FC Twente – what a bargain!

Since then of course Newcastle have wisely signed up the lad through the summer of 2017, on £50K/week wages, and he’s worth it too!

Tiote will not play for the Ivory Coast tonight against Israel in Switzerland, because of his extended stay in Ghana, but quite honestly, that’s good news as far as Newcastle is concerned.

We hope Tiote can cut down on his yellow cards this coming season, that would be good, although if the pre-season is anything to go by, we’ll not hold our breath.

Last season, Tiote got 14 yellow cards and missed six games because of those plus a red card at Stevenage, and Pardew had to leave him out of the last two league games in case he picked up a 15th yellow card.

That would have meant he would have missed games at the start of this season.

But Cheick was very pleased with what he did for Newcastle last season:

“My first season was a good one for me, but now I need to do even more and show I am an even better player,” 

“It won’t be easy to do that, but the key as always is hard work. Everybody has their own jobs to do and I must do mine.”

Cheick has turned out to be one terrific buy by Newcastle,  and we look forward to him having an even better season coming up.

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306 comments so far

  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Warrior!

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    This lad has to be one of the first names on the team sheet. He terrifies the opponents, never slows down, and is so important to our set up. Along with Cheick, I would say our most important players are Collo, Enrique, and the new lad, New Striker.

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  • Firstly, I see Tiote is second in the league for fouls with 73 and Kevin Davies (Bolton) is first with 123

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Would have been first but I had to double check the spelling of the new lad’s name…NEW STRIKER.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #5

    will he ever stop getting those yellow cards just have wait and see

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    the guy will be here for his career… he hates london and being down south (recall from a previous interview)

    lets hope so anyway, no-one wants to go up against him… he’s our chopper harris… vinny jones (well, not that bad but!)

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  • Think the rioters in London were on twitter last night. There were a few twits about sending Tiote down to sort them out. Conclusion? London was quite last night.

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  • boater

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    GG – 123! That can’t be right surely?? Man.

    tiote is a new one on me – we had many converted aging players in the defensive role – smith, speed, lee etc.. it’s amazing to watch a specialist holding mid turn out for us these days.. proper player.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    14 yellow to Davies 10. I’m thinking Davies must get those “cumulative” foul type yellows, whilst our boy gets them because his aggression is on a knife edge.

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  • Chieck was 79 sorry.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Tiote is simply our best player and the team should be built around him. The future in Tiote and simply…Tiote lol.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    To the tune of KC and the Sunshine Band…shake your booty:

    Cheick, Cheick, Cheick…

    Cheick, Cheick, Cheick…

    Cheick Tiote! Cheick Tiote!!

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Think Toivonen will be our ST signing, and I for one would be delighted. Just a hunch based on nothing. Pardew signed Ashton for West Ham didn’t he? Toivonen is very similar and I can see AP taking a shine to him.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Toivonen seems too much in the mold of the strikers we already have. Would prefer a pacy lad that plays off the shoulder so we can mix it up a bit in attack. Otherwise we are left punting it forward.

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  • Daft_lad

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Tiote is going to be one of those all time legends if we can hang onto him…..not since Barry Venison has anyone held our midfield line together so well. Just wish we had a striker to give us a cutting edge; come on Fat Ash slap £10m down and get Toivonen from PSV!

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #17

    This season i think it goes without saying that we need to win our home games, this was, i believe the deciding factor as to why we finished 12th and not higher up last season….7pts from august round a games and that will give the lads world beater confidence.

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  • obertoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t wait to see the pairing of Cabaye an TIOTE in midfield. Will be immense. With obertan and marvaeux on the wings. Should be good.

    Team for weekend:
    …………………….Krul………………..
    Simmo…..Saylor….Collo……Jose
    …………………….Tiote……………….
    ………….Barton……….Cabaye…….
    Marvaeux………………………..Jonas
    ……………………..Ba…………………..

    Gosling in if Barton ain’t playing

    What you think?!

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Toivonen isn’t exactly slow and he’s far better technically than any of our other forwards. Useful with his elbows too, akin to Shearer ……… 😆

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    November i think will be our toughest month Ciethy and Manure away..

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Daft_lad

    Venison was our right back mate. He held our back four with ease. Not sure about the Midfield though lol.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Shearer was brilliant. He drew more fouls than anyone by backing into the defender but when he did go up for a challenge, the arms and elbows were dangerous.

    I like Toivonen, I just think it would be good to have a striker that gives us a different look. I have heard Yannick Djalo mentioned a few times on this blog?

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Obertoon….looks good but not sure that you will see Marveaux on the right. Might be Obertan. Doubt that JB will get in the side, so my guess would be Gosling.

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  • malcolm the awesome

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Tiote is my favourite player in the squad. Runs all game and never gives up.. yeah he got a couple of yellows here or there haha. But his the one we need to build a team around.. I’m looking forward to him and Cabaye linking up..

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  • GeordieDan

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Liking the new banner Ed/Tony!

    We’ve got some pretty decent players in our team now.

    Just wish we get those last 2-3 quality reinforcements here NOW. As much time as poss for them to gel.

    Feeling really positive about the Arsenal game now as well. They’ve definitely got their own major problems and are missing massive players for the fixture.

    Another 4-4 anyone? 😀

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  • carrollsinger

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Krul
    Simmo taylor colo Enrique
    Tiote
    Obertan Marv
    Gosling cabaye
    Ba
    Would love Barton in but I just can’t see
    Where he wil fit in the way gosling has been
    He’s gotta be starting

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  • carrollsinger

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Loving the new banner too looks good!!!

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Is leon best playing for ireland 2nyt?

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  • obertoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Scottoon…my bad. I wrote obertan 1st then missed him from the team sheet lol. Defo Obertan on the right and marv/jonas on the left. And I agree that doubt JB will play. Would love him to sort it out ant stay though…

    Need a striker for sure…

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  • obertoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Kevmartins…best isn’t playing. Don’t think he’s on bench either

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  • boater

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #31

    I rated tovoinen whenever I watched the dutch league. I’m prepared to be proved wrong here – but not only is not the ‘right type’ of striker,, but he’s not a striker.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #32

    @obertoon…I don’t see anyone coming in for JB. Too much baggage, too big a wage. Think JB and his ego won’t let himself take a cut to go elsewhere ’cause that would meant that Fat Ash won. I think he will be back in Pardew’s frame soon enough, but not for this match, especially when he tweeted this week that he was in the side for the Arse.

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  • GeordieDan

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33

    carrollsinger>

    Agreed on all counts mate. Can’t wait!

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  • bosamuelson

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Good stream for the french game not sure if Newcastles Midfield are playing tho

    http://cricfree.tv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=27

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.vipcanals.net/ch4.html

    link to the France game… Just about to kick off… duno if Cabayes playing though …

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  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    boater….explain? What are you thinking about Toivonen?

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  • bosamuelson

    Aug 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Did anyone see the lineup for France? He is not in the starting 11 do you know if he is on the bench…?

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  • boater

    Aug 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #38

    scottoon – whenever I saw him play it was as an advanced midfielder in the Nolan or beardsley mould.. cracking player like.

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  • GeordieDan

    Aug 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #39

    News to me if Cabaye’s playing.

    99% sure he’s not because Pardew would be spitting feathers about it to anyone who’d listen and most who don’t if he was playing tonight.

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 10, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Watchn france match. Cabaye is in da sub.

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