Vurnon Anita had played well so far this season for Newcastle, and it was therefore maybe just a little unfair that Cheick Tiote got the nod from manager Alan Pardew over the Dutchman for the game at Cardiff City on Saturday, although Cheick has also been in good form.
Cheick Tiote – fighting for his first team starting position
And that competition for places which now exists at Newcastle has to pay dividends as the season progresses, with the first team starters knowing they will need to produce in every game, otherwise someone else will be brought into the side.
Cheick Tiote has always been a good team player, and he has said before he welcomes the challenge to his position in the Newcastle side, and the Ivorian had this to say in the Chronicle today:
“That is the good thing for us as players.” “When you have an opportunity you have to take it. There are too many good players in the squad.”
“The manager has to make a decision.” “When you are put on the pitch you have to give all you have and perform for the fans or you lose your place.”
“It is hard when we lose because we know we have good players.” “Everybody, though, was focused at Cardiff.” “It was very important for us because we had lost the last two games.”
“We needed that reaction and we found it.” “Everybody is happier now because we won the game.” “We feel we are in a good position in the table now to go on from this.”
Cheick didn’t have a particularly good season last term, but if he can get back to the form he was in when he first arrived at Newcastle three years ago, and with Yohan Cabaye looking to be in decent form even though he’s still not fully match fit, then things could start to look up for Newcastle.
But we do have a tough five game spell when the Premier League continues after the two week International break, which includes Liverpool at home and then Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light.
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