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.