The Battle Between These Midfield Pair – Good For Newcastle

We thought Cheick Tiote played a solid game for Newcastle United on Wednesday night, and certainly he will be pushing for a start at Goodison Park on Monday night, where we are hoping that Newcastle can pick up at least a point.

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Cheick Tiote – pressing for first team start

Having thrown 3 points away against Hull City, we now have to try to make up those lost points, and on Monday night it will be a good chance, although a tough game against an in-form Everton, the only unbeaten side in the Premier League right now.

Certainly Alan Pardew has said Cheick has been looking good in training, and he had this to say about the Ivorian today:

“On transition when we were attacking and we turned over the ball, we were more solid, and Tiote had a lot to do with that.” “He was back to near his best. He was a lot more comfortable in possession than last year. He looks more like himself and I am hoping for a big season from Cheick.”

“I didn’t think last year went well for Cheick in terms of the player he is, and that coincided with the team.” “When he’s at his best, I think we are at our best and defensively on Saturday (against Hull) he could have made a difference.”

“He gave us a little lift at Villa when he came on, so the signs are good. He has been unlucky to be out of the team because of injury, and he has a chance now to reaffirm the quality he has.”

Of course Vurnon Anita has taken his chance and has played very solidly for Newcastle since Cheick has been out,  and there’s no doubt that Vurnon is a very good technical player, who very rarely gives the ball away.

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Vurnon Anita – playing well for Newcastle

Alan Pardew talked about the man who has been keeping Cheick out of the first team starting line-up for the last few games:

“He’s an economical user of the ball. He does a lot of work, a bit like Tiote, which doesn’t always go detected.” “But he has his nose in front of Cheick at the minute, and Cheick will be desperate to address that.”

“That’s what you want, that’s the competition. Vurnon is under pressure to play well because he has Cheick Tiote, one of the best in the last few years in the Premier League, breathing down his neck.”

“But it’s his economical use of the ball which has been beneficial to us in recent games.”

Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote will give Alan Pardew some selection problems, but that’s exactly what we want to see, and it’s very good for the Newcastle side.

And one thing we like about Cheick is that he’s a great professional, and he welcomes the challenge for his place, and also seems to improve his form when his place under pressure, so that’s always good to see.

Competition for places is what makes players perform on the pitch, and with Vurnon playing so well, we can be assured the competition is only a good thing for the Newcastle team.

Long may it continue.

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