Defensive Midfield Up For Grabs Next Season

Newcastle allowed James Perch to leave Newcastle this summer, and that was probably because we now have some cover in defensive midfield in Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko, and new boy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa can play well anywhere across the back four, and has already done that at Newcastle.

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Cheick Tiote – in Ivory Coast colors

James Perch has been great since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, and had two very good seasons at the club, and of course we wish him well at Wigan .

Cheick Tiote played very well in his first year at Newcastle after signing from FC Twente for £3.5M three years ago, but he hasn’t look great these last two seasons, and still picks up far too many yellow cards and makes some daft tackles at times..

Te Ivory Coast International has freely admitted he had his worst season that’s just finished, but manager Pardew still has confidence in the player:

“All players have disappointing seasons.” “Unfortunately for us, Cheick’s coincided with us having a disappointing season as well, which probably didn’t help him.”

“He had such a fantastic season the year before.” “You don’t become a bad player overnight.” “It’s about confidence, and getting him back to where he was.”

“He’s a fantastic character around this building.” “If he’d had another year like he did when we finished fifth, he probably would be gone.”

“So who knows, that might work in our favor this year given the fact he’s still here.”

The job of the manager is to bring out the very best in the players he has in the squad, and those are good words from Al;ana,

But if Cheick doesn’t improve his form next season, we could see Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana or Moussa Sissoko in defensive midfield for Newcastle next season, and Cheick would no longer be an automatic choice.

For the record Cheick has played 83 times for Newcastle over the last three seasons, with that stupendous and unforgettable 4th goal for Newcastle against Arsenal at home over two years ago, which gave us that unbelievable 4-4 draw after being 4-0 down after 26 minutes.

And we had Arsenal exactly where we wanted them with just 26 minutes to play when we were still 4-0 down, and had successfully drawn Arsenal into a false sense of security – obviously. 😀

Here’s  some video of that Tiote goal – as a reminder – and it’s guaranteed to cheer you up this Saturday morning..

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82 comments so far

  • Joe Blog

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Always been way overrated.

    Anyway, time to check outta here, Lake District for me today 😀

  • Slank

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I still have faith in Tiote.

    I don’t see Anita as a defensive midfielder.

    Bigirimana is fantastic for his age and I’m convinced he will become a huge player for us, but not yet. He is the natural successor to Tiote.

    I’m not sure about Sissoko as he has so many attributes but I don’t like him as a support striker. I think he may be best in a three man midfield alongside Cayabe and Tiote but then again I think Marveaux and Anita would be good alongside Cayabe and Tiote.

    But if Cheick doesn’t improve his form next season, we could see Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana or Moussa Sissoko

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote should start this season on the bench watching a midfield trio of Anita , Cabaye and Sissoko all players who can pass, move , attack and defend in equal measures players who under performed last season should not get back into the team Jonas as well should not be anywhere near the left hand side for a start and Taylor should be on the bench as well

    But knowing Pardew it will be Anita, Marveux , Bigi and Gouffran who probably get benched when they should be in the starting line up ahead of Pardews favourites !

    Really worry about the season coming we have signed no one and because of Kinnear being around the scenes everyone has forgotten how inept Pardew was last season!He should have been sacked!!!

  • plana

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    To many bookings to be a great player, cash in!

  • woolerbill

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5


    Never rated him, gets caught in possession to often because he doesn’t know what to do with it. As for cards he reminds we of V. Jones of Wimbildon. We have better than him in the squad, if only Par dew has a brain.

  • roe997

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    If cabye goes id move for marvin martin.

  • toon kk

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I sometimes think Tiote is loosing it, he must get booked every other game. If the rite bid came in I would let him go as long as he’s replaced. The biggest disaster would be selling HBA.

  • nut meg

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Tiote has GOT to engage his brain if he wants to keep his place in the team,gets himself into too much trouble by not releasing the ball quick enough.As I said before win it & give it or Anita will in taking over that role.

  • markisio

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t normally comment on the blog but the lack of activity has been very frustrating. Currently I think we lack in some areas.
    Gk: krul, Elliot, Alnwick. I think that we should buy a better keeper than Alnwick like zoet but this is not very important.
    Lb: santon, Haidara, Gutierrez ? We are actually very strong in this position.
    Cb: MYM, Colo, Saylor, Willo. When one of our first two is injured we begin to look weak. Willo should be sold and a better younger defender bought in who in time will be first choice and replace colo.
    RB: debuchy, Raylor, Anita. Would be good if we could bring in a young right back but this is not very important.
    Cm: cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, tiote, bigirimana. This is great.
    Lw: gouffran, marveaux, Gutierrez. None are suited to wingplay so need to purchase a winger chadli or Sinclair are good cheap options.
    Rw: Ben Arfa, obertan. Poor in this position, obvious that at least one winger needs to be purchased.
    Cam/cf: none naturally play here but marv and hba are decent here. This is an essential position.
    St: crises, gouffran, Campbell, shoal. This is awful. We need a striker who is at least as good as cisse.
    Essential signings: a winger, a striker who can also play wide in a front three and a cam. Also replacements for anyone sold.
    Would be good if we signed: new cb, young rb and keeper.
    Should sell: gosling obertan willo shola and all the young ones who don’t cut it abeid etc. all of these should be replaced though apart from in cm as bigirimana can replace them and Sissoko will play deeper next year. Also Anita will effectively replace perch.
    We could then have this squad: krul,Elliot, zoet, santon, Haidara, Gutierrez, debuchy, Raylor, young rb, MYM, colo, Saylor, young good cb, Anita, tiote, bigirimana, Sissoko, cabaye, marveaux, Sinclair etc., Siem de Jong etc., hba, remy etc., cisse, gouffran Campbell and the other decent squad players like vuckic.
    If we did this we would spend: 7m remy, 8m Siem de Jong, 5m Sinclair, 2m young rb, 6-10m young cb, 1m zoet. Total= 30m
    Outgoings: perch 1m, shola 1m, obertan 1m, willo 2m, gosling 1m + a few m on other deadwood like amalfitano and abeid. Total 8-10m.
    This would been that Ashley spends 20m to get a team that should finish top half with ease and really challenge for Europe without other distractions.

  • plana

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    All the fun will start next week when Kinnear, lands at Benton. Watch for plenty of comings and goings!

  • nut meg

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Santonthenewmaldini @3
    Anita Cabs & Sissoko ….my pick also & for the same reasons.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Swansea have made some unbelievable signings, i already feel we’ve fell behind them. The issue isn’t that we should be buying players as soon as the season has ended, it’s that we’ve missed out on players we should have bought.
    A young cb/rb, a winger and a quality striker are essential, there’s no excuse not to have a go at one of the cups and to finish in the top 10 in the league.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13

    my ideal team
    Cabana,T,Delight,Astec, Boost

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    sadly no room for P Violets

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    On the striker front we should be looking at the likes of Gameiro, Agbonlahor, Mame Diouf.
    We need an out and out winger, my picks are Sinclair, Biabany and Perotti from Sevilla.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Umm not really sure of pardews message here? We can only keep players if there form drops and they become utter shite?

  • nut meg

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    no pix or mix either

  • Klatoon

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Tads, My thoughts too!

  • toon kk

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Premier league clubs usually have ambition to be the best they can. Newcastle is a business to MA no more. The january signings were a must, he’s a gambler so may wait to jan again to see how we’re coping before he parts with any cash. He obviously thinking its his club so he will do what the hell he likes.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    no Bon-Bon or BeachBalls

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Eclair just missed out too

  • cyprus

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Tiote is king. He’ll come good once more.
    Anita is a different player, definitely not a defensive MF.
    Sissoko is also different, box to box like Toure.

    Perch was in another (lower) category, same with Bigi.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s just a really wired statement!!
    Most PL clubs either say he’s not for sale end of, or look we have to be realistic and sell to bring in players
    Not yeah he was shocking last season so hopefully he’ll stay because nobody wants him!!!!

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    these guys running the club they know everything about footy we are in good hands(snigger)
    best see some bodies thru the door at very little cost or freebies soon or face the inevitable

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    The word twisting of pardews interviews is hilarious.

    Omg I cant believe he said he never wants to be in Europe again and only wants to stay in 10th!

    Lolz such a hypocrite saying he wants bent n remy when he has a go at blanc for talking about cabaye.

    And now he can only keep the crap players!

    Take your blinkers off lads its just making you look narrow minded.

  • nut meg

    Jul 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    no room for sherbert or dabs ?

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #27


    How dare you leave parma violets out!? Imo its the only ‘purple’ in that list! God you stupid fool! Rant rant rant! Idiot! Rant rant rant.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    @Nut meg

    I honestly cannot believe that Pardew has not figured this out they would be such a dynamic trio all have a goal in them and can make chances and are defensively sound

    I bet if Benitez or some other quality manager had taken over this summer that would have been the trio first on the team sheet!!

    Also Marveux needs a go centrally this season from the start as a no 10 especially in the home games against West Ham and Hull where we should be taking the game to them from kick off he has earned the right at a shot no more left wing covering the full back let the man create and let the other team worry about us for a change !!

    For me looking at the fixtures we have a relatively kind run in at the start of the season it will probably take City a while to get going so we can pick up points there if we attack them again it comes down to our manager and what he sets the teams up to do IF :

    His plan is to play like the Chelsea, Southampton Reading 1st half at Home and Spurs and Swansea away(very unlucky in both games) then we will do well

    But if its like West Ham , Everton , Reading 2nd half at home and countless away games where we give the opposition too much respect and play long balls then we are in deep trouble !

    So what does Pardew actually want us to play like?!?!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Give it a rest lad ffs

    “So who knows, that might work in our favor this year given the fact he’s still here.”

    That’s not twisting jackshit fella that is him plain and simply saying tiote was off form last season and that’s no doubt helped us keep hold of him

    There’s no blinkers on, supporting the club doesn’t mean you blindly have to only see nothing but positives all the time
    And every example you have listed is a direct contradiction from seniors within the club not fans

  • geordie157

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I think tiote will be back on form this coming season, well I hope so. If he doesn’t perform then Anita and bigi can step in.

    Is this brown ideye any good? I haven’t heard of him before.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    pmsl you gotta have some fun the heat the non activity the shame and by the way there are 1-2 purples in Swizzles

  • Bambams

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I honestly thought kinnear was away scouting for players and the report he was on holiday was just a smokescreen. ….

    This is actually unbelievable that this dof in his first few day’s of his job at the most important time of the season …. takes his holidays now.

    I will put my neck on the line here….. I bet there is no other dof at any other club who is on a two week holiday NOW. …

    Absolutely crazy !


  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33


    Its not about only seeing the positives mate, its about looking for reason in a quote rather than looking for an excuse to belittle. He was probably asked about tiotes dip in form and responded in an adequate manner imo nothing good or bad about the quote.

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34


    1-2 purples? That just screams inconsistency to me fella, hope your having a good un, good to have you back… you cnut 😉

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #35

    i’ve read in very earlier posts stating Shearer would be a crap manager,clearly these guys saying this clearly need to refresh their ideas when stating Ferguson ,Moyes, etc nearly relegated their clubs,Shearer was given nothing to alleviate the hole the club was in by Kinnears dinosaur attitude to the game.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Kinnears probably trying to bring Shearer out of retirement

  • cyprus

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37

    in fairness he picked up 5 out of a possible 24 points and alienated some key players. He did relegate us, in truth, although 8 games isn’t much of a chance, granted. Shearer was a fan’s manager, nothing more.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Of he’s asked about tiote, why not say we’re working with him to get him back to his best? He’s only just back but is in great shape and is ready to go for the new season?

    Not his form dipped massively so it’s worked well for us as it means he’s still here

    I get the need for positivity from the fans we all want to go into the season thinking the club will get it right this time, but the general message from the club isn’t positive, not in terms of league position, not in terms of strengthening and not in terms of them all being on the same wavelength

    It’s hard to look on the bright side when MA, JFK and pardew seem to constantly contradict and swipe at each other!!

  • John Tudor

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #39

    yes but everyone was defending pardew saying give him time last year if shearer was given that time who knows coz pardews done naff all with his time imho

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Debuchy/Tavernier? (SHIT)
    Ben Arfa/Obertan/Sa.Ameobi

    If that shows you anything it shows you we’re lacking a young defender, a winger and a striker.


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