Cheick Tiote spent five years of his career in Belgium, and he will know all about Club Brugges, our opponents tonight, and he thinks the Belgian side will be tough to beat at St. James’ Park.
Cheick Tiote – in action at home to Tottenham
Cheick started his career in Africa at his home town club FC Bibo in 1998, when he was a 12 year-old, and the club plays in the semi professional league based in Kossou, Yamoussoukro, which is near the center of the country.
Cheick thinks that Newcastle will need to be on form tonight to get the win:
“I came straight from Africa to Belgium.” “They had some scouts from Belgium who went to watch my team there. They saw me and they signed me for one year, and they had an option on my contract so I spent three years in Belgium.”
“But I didn’t play too much, so I decided to go on loan to Holland. I played there for one year and after that I signed for FC Twente.” “I didn’t play a lot but I know the club, I know Club Brugge because they’re a big club in Belgium.”
“So I think we have to be play very seriously and treat the game like Bordeaux, and try to score the first goal.” “It’s a tough game because they’re a good team with some good players, so it’s going to be hard for us.”
“But if we start well and start properly, I think we have a chance to win the game.” “Their approach is different.” “They play a lot with the ball, not so much physical football, so it’s different.”
“We have to put pressure on them when they start passing, and then we can make problems for them.” “If we win, it would put us in a great position so we have to give everything to win the game.”
Cheick played at Anderlecht from 2005 through 2008, and had a loan spell at Roda JC in his last season there, before joining FC Twente in 2008.
Tiote stayed for two years at Twente before joining Newcastle United in the summer of 2010, for a deal reported to be around £3.5M and he has been a great success on Tyneside, and signed a huge six year deal only last year.
But we need to see more disciplined performances from the Ivorian from now on – starting tonight against Club Brugges.
We need a win tonight.
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