Cheick Tiote – We All Have To Fight For Our Places At Newcastle


Cheick Tiote is fit again, and will be available for selection for the tough game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Cheick Tiote – could be back in the side Saturday

And Yohan Cabaye has been passed fit to play for France tonight in Paris against Belgium, and if he comes though that game okay,  he will also be availbale to play against Man City.

But 24 year-old  Danny Guthrie has played very well in the last three games, and especially in the last game against Everton a week last Saturday, when Danny was a star performer in the Newcastle engine room, and Danny may keep his starting position on Saturday.

Cheick was also wisely withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad for their games during the International break, and the 25 year-old  Ivorian International has given his first interview to the Newcastle press, since recovering from his knee injury.

Cheick acknowledges that every player at Newcastle has to fight for their starting place in the side:

““We’re not afraid.”  “The manager will make sure we are right for the game, tactically, physically and mentally, and if I am selected to play I will be doing my absolute best to keep our good run going this season.”

“It’s been very frustrating for me to have missed the last two games, especially as we have started the season so well.” “But at the same time I was very happy for the team to have won both matches.”

“I watched the Stoke game on TV and was very happy to see Demba Ba score a hat-trick and for the way we defended against all their set-pieces.” “It was a real team display where all the players did their bit for the team.”

“Then last time out against Everton I was watching from the stands and thought we deserved the three points too.” “It was hard to watch because I wanted to be involved, but it was great to hear the crowd.”

“I think they really helped the team to hang on to the lead.”  “Ryan’s Taylor’s goal was very special, maybe more special than mine against Arsenal!” “Danny came in and did a very good job too.”

“He fitted into the team so well. It shows how good our squad is and also that even if I am fit, the manager has options to change the team.”  “It is good that we all have to fight for our positions in the team.”

“Dan Gosling did well too when he came on, and he is pushing for a starting place.”  “It is always disappointing to miss international matches, especially the important ones we have just had. But I had no choice really but to stay in Newcastle and get fit, and that’s exactly what I did.”

“Going to Manchester City is something we are looking forward to. I think it is out toughest game yet, but we’re not afraid of the challenge.”

“They were incredible against Manchester United a few weeks ago and have been scoring a lot of goals, but we have the best defense in the league and we hope that will mean we can get a good result.”

A good result would be anything but a defeat, and quite honestly if our lads put in a brave and fighting performance,  that’s all we really ask from them, since we are not a top four side – not yet anyway.

We’re not  going to finish in the top six by only beating the top four sides away, but rather by beating the bottom 14  sides, both at home and on the road to rack up those points.

But we’re also open to having Newcastle shock us by coming away with a good result too, as they’ve done more than once this season.

Howay The Lads!!


94 comments so far

  • Shorzy

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    1st – We’ll do well to keep this lad over the coming season or so.

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Put a bet on with my mate at college that we WILL finish above the unwashed this season.. Easy money haha.

    Tiote is a fantastic footballer and does exactly what we need him to do, break up opposition play and distribute the ball. Just waiting for someone to come in with a ridiculous offer for him. hopefully it is much, much later (4 years) instead of before he shoes us his all.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Tiote and Cabaye in midfield and I fancy our chances to get a draw at least .. heard Nasri was out which is a plus .. think this is a good game to get at them, I reckon 4-5-1 with Arfa linking with Ba would be our best option .. Cabaye and Tiote holding ..RW is the problem position at the moment though .. somebody said Santon … I thought that was a good shout .. it’d be easy to gee up the team .. you win this and it shows you deserve to be top 4, no matter what Lawro or the pundits say .. still I reckon it’ll be a draw..

    Team

    Ba
    Arfa
    Guti Cabaye Tiote Santon
    Taylor Collo Taylor Simpson
    Krul

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    interesting to see how tiote handles YaYa .. he’s a beast .. nevermind the skill of da silva .. still they’ve not came up against the Lion King yet …

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    @Sweendog Santons first game in the prem is out of position, and against the strongest team in the league?

    Do you not like the lad or something?

    Krul
    Simpson, Saylor, Collo , Raylor
    Gutirrez Cabaye Guthrie/Tiote Ba
    Ben Arfa
    Best

    Strongest team we can put out without upsetting the normal rhythm to our play too much.

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  • boater

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Reckon Pardew will see Guthrie at RW as a case of two birds with one stone. Reckon a three in midfield could work, with Guti and Arfa supplying Ba,, then again is it the time to switch systems? Probably not.

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #7

    tiote is chuck norris’s love child – chuck norris and chuck norris only.

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  • boater

    Nov 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Ameobi 9- if switching our leading scorer and target man to the left wing isn’t upsetting the system, I don’t know what is.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Tiote drinks diesel…….

    Cuz he is a tank!

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    boater agreed .. I think with 4-5-1 you need a good wide man .. santon has pace and can cross .. if you had our best striker out wide you’d have to go
    4-3-3 which could be suicide or a masterstroke .. I reckon suicide ..:-)
    I like the Tiote / Chuck Norris quotes ..
    heres another one

    Fear of spiders is aracnaphobia, fear of tight spaces is chlaustraphobia, fear of Tiote is called Logic

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    There used to be a street named after Tiote, but it was changed because nobody crosses Tiote and lives. …

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    @Boater, Ba has played there on a few occasions for West Ham and his previous club in Germany, meaning he has experience playing there. Anyway Ba likes to drop off the attack and help supply the wide men or Best, so no.. it wont upset the system much.

    Anyway who would you rather play out wide instead? Santon – 0 experience in the premiership or Guthrie – good crosser, but cant play wide right to save his life. Or Ben Arfa – who has been told he will be the man behind the striker, giving him balls to chase and to support the wide men.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Ameobi No. 9 .. guthrie out wide .. not sure watched him too many times out wide with Hughton and he wasn’t the same player .. Santon used to play RW .. as well as wing back .. but yep the problem could be he’s not too experienced in the Prem just yet, but he does have to learn sometime and right now we’re crying out for a RW’er

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    England – Sweden today 😀

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    My last Tiote quote 🙂

    Did you know Tiote had a role in Star Wars……he was the force.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    SwedishMagpie .. yep interesting game with John “likes ethnics” Terry playing as captain ..

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Ameobi No.9 .. is Best fit?

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    when was the last time England won ? 1968 !! 😀

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  • Tiote

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Well said ed, we need 2 pick up th points off th lower teams. Anything out of city would b a good result. Ppl keep sayin we havnt played any1 yet but if we get nwt off th big boys n pick are points up off th Wigan, blackburns of this league we could finish higher up thn ppl think.
    Let’s show lawro n al the doubters wrong
    HWTL

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    @Sweendog, Not sure, but he should be in the lineup come the city game.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    SwedishMagpie .. bigger game on tonight .. Ireland – estonia 🙂 .. 4-0 up should be good to see if Trappi’s army can play good football when the pressure is off ..

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Ameobi No.9 .. he’s been sent back from the Ireland camp as he’s not fit .. hope he’s fit for Man City but at the moment I can’t see him slotting in .. its about time Arfa was backed by Pardew and told to see whos better you or Da Silva .. he seems to thrive on a bit of pressure so he may up his game back to when he was injury free.. thats what I’m hoping for anyway..

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    there is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures and animals tiote has allowed to live

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon with sammy playing so well (in england u21 aswell) he should get his chance. Before I get lambasted with “lack of experience” “too big a game” he’s the only proper right-winger we’ve got at the moment. If he plays well it’ll mean more starts in England u21. Did anyone else notice as soon as sammy came off for england belgium put away their chances. Sammy supports the defence and is quick and a counter-attack may be one of the only ways we’ll score against city.

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  • boater

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Ameobi 9 – Pardew is fairly conservative with his selections, Ba may have played there before, but Pardew is not a man to go with radical changes to cover injuries.

    We could even play the team we finished with against Everton – sammi and guti on the wings, ba and arfa up front – with the 2 main men stepping back into central midfield.

    Still reckon we’ll see guthrie out wide though – reward for his recent form and also more defensive than the other options. Best will start if fit, Arfa if not.

    We;ll probably get beaten – and any points picked up are magical bonuses. Nice situation to be in.

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  • boater

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Scottishtoon 95 – I agree with every word on Sammi – but reckon he will come off the bench with orders to to run at them and stretch the pitch late on.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #27

    boater / Scottishtoon95 .. is that Sammy on the Left and Guti on the right .. don’t think Samieobi has much experience on the right..

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Scottishtoon95, Sammy is left not right. So Sammy Left, Jonas Right.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #29

    If we turn city over then I will let pards shag me missus.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Could speculate all night what the teams gonna be,I’m just gonna wait till I’m in the stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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  • lukes26

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #31

    I can promise everyone that Sammy will not be starting this game. He’s not the greatest passer of the ball (in a game where possession of the ball is incredibly important) , and is a defensive liability. He’s best at the end of games when the opposition’s legs are tired.

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  • LewSpi

    Nov 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Just take yourself to dreamland for a second…

    Imagine if we smashed them, City will have a day off this season and get turned over. Imagine if it was this Saturday, im talking like a good 4-0. Wow. Incredible. No more could people say ‘yeah, we’ll you have played no one’. Plus if this happened, and Liverpool turned Chelsea over on the Sunday and Villa turn Spurs over on Monday, we’re in 3rd and 6 points clear.

    I know this is very unlikely, but I’m in dreamland…leave me be.

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  • fgb224lbs

    Nov 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #33

    tiote was initially cast as jack bauer in 24 but the producers had to recast after he killed the terrorists and saved the world in 12 minutes and 27 seconds

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #34

    fgb224lbs hahahaha

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  • bosamuelson

    Nov 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    @ 33

    Correction, he ate the terrorists

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #36

    incorrect swedishmag 😀 it was 15/11/11… O_o

    looking forward to the match tbh. hope its a good one 😀

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 15, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #37

    I have no idea how we will get anything from saturdays game which is one of the reasons i failed the interview last year i suspect..

    hard work and lots of blocking with some great keeping from krull and a bit of bite up front. i suspect we will need to score at least 3 to have a chance so to flood the midfield in a defensive orientation i suspect we will get pissed on. we need a balance. hope pardews reading this as he normally does and if we lose he can blame me.. 😀

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 15, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #38

    do we really need another jackie milburn statue? hang on is the one im thinking of in ashington rather than newcastle?

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  • tooninspain

    Nov 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Sorry guys, but don’t you think the Tiote “jokes” are getting a bit boring? Time to dispose of the nappies methinks.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #40

    tooninspain… the idea of the internet is to talk bollox and have a laugh tbf.. its a tribute to tiote’s play and fiestyness that the norris jokes are being replaced with tiote jokes. boring? no, silly? ofc. but all in fun. now get back to your pool you lucky bast ard 🙁 lol

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