Cheick Tiote has looked very good in the last two pre-season games, and he had an excellent game on Saturday night at Den Haag, and his manager Alan Pardew today has come out and said he looks ten times the player he was last season.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Arsenal last season
We still expect Newcastle to bring in at least two good players before the transfer window closes in four weeks time, but even though we haven’t yet brought one senior player through the door this summer, it will be very good if we don’t lose any of our top players.
Demba Ba is still at the club following the expiration of the release clause in his contract on August 1st, and only yesterday Pardew said he doesn’t expect Newcastle to lose any of their star players over the next four weeks.
Cheick had another very good game on Saturday, and is currently second in our voting for Man of the Match to Gabby Obertan, who looked very lively on Saturday, and the Frenchman could even start the first game against Tottenham on 18th August, if Ben Arfa is not 100% match fit.
Cheick Tiote is one of his Newcastle’s best players, and manager Pardew thinks it could be a top season coming up for the Ivorian, and he had this to say in the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Cheick looks ten times better than he did last year and I absolutely mean that.” “He didn’t come back well last summer, if I’m honest. However, he has summered well this time and is in great physical shape.”
“It’s going to be a big season for Cheick.” “All my what I would call big players are important, if we are to progress as a team and Cheick certainly falls into that category. He is in a good place.”
“Tuesday against Hartlepool will be another good test for us. We are just lacking a bit of creativity, which is probably to be expected in pre-season, so I’d like to see us score some goals and win the match.”
Newcastle will probably field a number of youngsters tomorrow night at Hartlepool, and games will be given to the likes of new boy Curtis Good, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier and Mehdi Abeid, all of whom didn’t get a game on Saturday night.
Newcastle dominated the game in Holland, and the only thing that was missing was a goal or two to win the match, and the manager will be looking for that tomorrow night, as he tries to get two wins in our last two pre-seaosn games.
Newcastle are at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, and the kick-off is at 3:00 pm.