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.
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.
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 on us on Google+