I’m Not Sure If He Was Surprised – But He Was Pleased

Cheick Tiote is getting back to his very best and he has played very well in Newcastle’s last two games at Cardiff City and at home to Liverpool, and when he led the side out at St. James’ par on Saturday, after being the surprise choice as stand-in skipper for the injured Coloccini, you could tell he was just as proud as punch.

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Cheick Tiote – proud as punch to be captain

Alan Pardew has talked about when he told Cheick Tiote he would be captain against Liverpool, after Colo had picked up a groin strain while on International duty with Argentina:

“I am not sure if he was surprised but I could tell he was pleased.

“Some players can grow with the captaincy and he did and he will certainly carry it now as we go forward without Coloccini.

“I know he got the armband and perhaps there was a bit of a story around him, but I thought he was brilliant at Cardiff City as well, so he has shown signs this year of rediscovering his best form. Today was not a one-off.”

Certainly it makes a huge difference that Cheick is getting back to his best form, and not only that, but in the last two league games he has not only been outstanding for Newcastle, but he also didn’t receive one yellow card.

So maybe Cheick is finally learning some control on the field, and certainly if the Ivorian can keep up the excellent form he has shown in the last couple of games,  he will be a huge boon to Newcastle this season.

Hopefully he can lead Newcastle to a win at Sunderland on Sunday – that’s all that matters at the moment.

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