Midfield Destroyer Back For Newcastle – It’s Official

Alan Pardew has talked in the local press this morning about the great form of Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, who put in another good shift for the Magpies, in the 2-1 win against Norwich City, and it seems like he’s back to his very best in a Newcastle shirt.

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Cheick Tiote – back to his best for Newcastle

Of course we have to mention Vurnon Anita, who is also in great form and could take over from Cheick in the Newcastle team at any time, so let’s give some credit to the Dutchman for pushing Cheick to his best form to keep his place in the side.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about the 41 times capped Ivory Coast International:

“I think he’s been strong all year.” “But there was maturity about him when he took the armband that we haven’t seen in the past.”

“Hopefully, he’ll carry that forward whether he’s got the armband or not.” “He’s playing really well – as good as he did two seasons ago when we finished fifth.”

“He was a big part of that. That, really, is good news for us.”

27 year-old Tiote did a good job standing in for captain Colo while the Argentine International was out injured, and we suppose he could become a candidate for the captaincy, should Fabricio leave us in the summer, to return to Argentina, where his family are now living.

But Cheick gives the Newcastle side energy and bite in central midfield, and long may it continue.

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8 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    He is playing very well again, still hangs onto the ball too long and turns in our half a bit, but he did that even when at his best.

    TDS – from previous

    Yeh I know what you mean, why worry about things that haven’t yet happened and might not happen, wait and see. I don’t think we sell players cheaply, or often either. The concern is replacing quickly and right away to turn the money and loss of a player into the improvement of the squad. No faith in JFK to sort things out but you never know, he might be a poor manager but a decent negotiator.

  • bills-son

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote is winning it and passing it on quickly and simply just like he did in his first season. Last season he thought he was another Cabaye who could run with the ball and spray it around and he was continually caught in possession.

    Knowing his limitations and playing to his strengths will make Tiote a far more consistent player. Not getting booked very game is big bonus this season as well.

  • cyprus

    Nov 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    yes, Long would be a good signing.
    Tiote has been tops lately. But then again, so have others. Honourable mention v. Norwich: Sissoko, Goufy, Santon, Shola (!), sure I haven’t covered them all, just the first stand outs that come to mind. Like I said elsewhere, these days people aren’t scared to hold on to the ball and they do make themselves available for the pass, which only Tiote did before, even when he was playing crxp.

    And, reposts:

    Been reading last few posts…
    Nothing on last night’s game? Did you miss it Ed? Anyways, two TOP goals from Shane Long, one of them would have been candidate for goal of the season if it hadn’t been for that Fulham dude. WBA are a pretty decent outfit, but, as A Villa proved, they can capitulate when harried and put under pressure. When the AV coach put in 3 substitutes (all top players) in one go, it was bold and it worked. Our coaches and players need to watch that game. it showed the best and worst of WBA.

    5cyprus // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    We must not pair Willo-Colo for WBA, because they will be outpaced for sure. One or the other it must be. Mbiwa, Santon, Debi have the necessary pace.

    Who are WBA really dangerous players?

    1. The REAL Amalfitano. Santon must be at his best with him. Perhaps Dummett would be more close to him.
    2. Mulumbu: Big and strong, dominated MF. Will be too much for Cabs, Sissoko to ‘bully’ him?
    3. Long: see his goals. Sessegnon: missed a sitter, will be fired up to make amends. I predict he will score, if you are a betting man.

  • Generic Commenter

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Just don’t let him shoot!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5


    tiote is much better than he has been but still a few too many risky turns, but it’s just a small issue, nothing to really worry…i agree in general though he is keeping it simple and playing it on much better.


    Long is just what we need, especially if remy doesn’t stay he has pace as well, can play up top alone or with another player, links well too.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6


    sessegnon misses loads, he is a very poor finisher who can score the odd screamer, same with the mackems and carries it on at wet brom

  • croftus5678

    Nov 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    applaud tiote as i never thought he would regain his form so congrats to the lad for proving me wrong.

    same goes to willo as i’ve never liked him but now i must admit he has to be one of our 2 main cb’s

    just need cisse to prove me wrong now 🙂 (come on lad you can do it)

  • Sav

    Nov 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Staying on his feet and not diving in this season and learning that can be far more effective. Pardew is due some credit for that.


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