Cheick Tiote Just Happy To Be Back Playing For Newcastle


Cheick Tiote played his first game for Newcastle since the Magpies’ 1-0 win at St. James’ Park back in October against Wigan.

Cheick Tiote – glad to be back

And it was nearly Newcastle’s first win since we beat Everton back on November 5th, with Newcastle dominating the game for long stretches, but failing to get the goals against Swansea, that would have delivered all 3 points.

But it was good for Newcastle in that they got their 5th clean sheet of the season, and again looked a solid team, especially at the back,  after both Cheick and captain Fab Coloccini were able to return to the side.

Coloccini only missed one game,  but he was missed big time last weekend at Norwich, with Newcastle conceding four goals in  going down 4-2 at Carrow Road.

It was good to see Tiote back yesterday, and he was pleased to be back too:

“Yes it’s good to be back because I haven’t played for a long time,”  “I was happy today to play. It was good.”  “You have to get back into the game straight away.”

“You cannot wait to get into the game.”  “I needed to work for the team and for my midfield partner Yohan Cabaye, because it has been a long time since I have been alongside him.”

“We played well today and I thought we deserved to win,”  “But football is not fair all the time, because we didn’t win.”

“We created so many chances and were unlucky not to score a goal. That is football, and on another day we could have scored three or four.”

“We have one point, not three, but we are now only thinking about West Brom. We need to move on now and just think about the next game on Wednesday.”

Tiote is bring linked with a number of clubs for a possible January transfer, with Chelsea seemingly his biggest suitors.

Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked, and Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish was linked with him in the Sunday Mirror today.

Cheick has said before that he doesn’t want to play in London, and we wonder if the news has seen him talk to Pardew about what may happen next month.

Certainly he’s such a big player for Newcastle now, that it will take big money to have him transferred out of Newcastle.

At some point Newcastle’s financial condition should be good enough that we don’t need to sell our best players, but rather Newcastle will need to build a good team so that the lads can get back into Europe and build the revenues of the club by that means.

There’s nothing that generates money like success on the playing field.

We’re nearly at that point, but not yet, so we believe if a daft offer is made for the Ivorian, like form Liverpool as one example,  Mike Ashley may sell him.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • metaloverlord

    Dec 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    The big man was immense yesterday. Worked his socks off for the team. Vital cog in the machine. Good to see vuckic get a few mins.

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    If someone wants to by him for 25 mill + then so be it it can only make us stronger and if we can get players in exchange ie
    Kalou or Alex Chelsea
    Park or Anderson Manu
    Liverpool don’t have any good players lol

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  • Stuart

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    It can only make us stronger?

    Why is no-one else worried that we’ll sell him for about 25m and replace him with a 3m player tops.

    Im pretty sure GC wont be able to track down a star every time.

    If he sell Tiote our defense will be alot more shakey and our other midfielders alot less of an attacking threat as they wont have the security tiote provides.

    Sell anyone in the team but him Fat Man! Oh, and Krul haha.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    We have not had a Bombshell from Ashley and Llambias for a little while!!!!!!!!!! we are due one before long !!!! They cant buy 2 or 3 more players to keep the fans happy as that is just not them now is it – Lets get real here guys …. Sell Tiote get £25 to £30 million then spend £5 million thats the normal way they do it !!!!

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote is our BEST player period he should be going for no less than £40 million. Its no coincidence that the biggest teams in the Europe are after him and not some of the other fan favorites. If FAT FACE has any respect for the fans he’ll hang on to the player until the end of the season at least. I think Fegor Ogude is a capable replacement myself.

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  • Sav

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Players in exchange – ‘like Anderson’??? There is no comparison between Cheick and Anderson. He is up there with the best in the league in his position. That is where the team wants to be. So you don’t do that by flogging him and especially not to your rivals. Keep Cheick another year or two and you can sell him to Madrid or Barcelona if you need to. That’s how good he can be.
    I’d hate to have to watch some of you folks putting a jigsaw together…

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  • taker83

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    If caroll was sold for 35 million, tiote should be sold at least for 50 million.But, the bastards in the form of ashley and lambiass will not spent the money and buy another 4-5 million.If they develop to be a star, then again they will sell and the cycle continues…now what’s the definition of consistency?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Great player but sometimes we are a bit negative and defensive when we had them on the back foot.Both Santon and Tiote several times playing the ball back to safety instead of getting it right up in the box again.
    Obertan had a much better game but he also could pass earlier or shoot

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