Cheick Tiote had one of his better games against Southampton on Sunday afternoon, and he will need to keep up his good form with Vurnon Anita showing against Metalist Kharkiv, that he can get the job done in defensive midfield, and he’s improving as he’s getting used to the more physical play in England.
Cheick Tiote – glad squad is now much stronger
Cheick had a temperature just before the game last Thursday night, and so Anita was drafted in at the last moment and had a stellar game, and will have done his first team chances no harm at all with that performance.
And Cheick Tiote is willing to fight for his place and is pleased the squad has been significantly strengthened last month, and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:
“The manager made some good decisions to buy new players – this has helped us.” I think we’ll all be able to work well together, and I think we have a great chance to win a lot of games.”
“When you look at the list of games there are plenty of chances to win, if we work hard.” “We’re happy with the squad we have here.” “Everybody gets on well here, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”
“Things are looking a lot stronger and everybody must fight for their place.” “We can go for Europe – we want to go as far as possible in the Europa League.”
Newcastle have a tough trip to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and then we have a Europa League tie against FC Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia on the following Thursday, and then we entertain Stoke City on the following Sunday – that game having been put back yesterday by one day, because of our European exploits.
So Alan Pardew will again be able to use his full squad in trying to get wins in those two games, just like we did in the last week.
A lot of the games coming up for Newcastle are winnable and we could surprise ourselves by how far we can get in the Europa League this season, and how far we can move up that league table before the end of the season.
But both those targets mean we have to win games rather than just draw them – especially in the league.
We wouldn’t put it past this new Newcastle side to do just great in all our remaining games – and certainly things are looking up at Newcastle these days.
Howay The lads!!
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