With Cheick Tiote having a poor season last term, we had almost forgotten what a good player the Ivorian is, and it could be he’s in his best form ever for Newcastle this season, and to think in our last six games, he hasn’t even had his name taken.
I wish I hadn’t brought that up – just watch him get booked on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote - in action on Saturday against Norwich
But one thing we’ve always liked about Cheick is that he’s completely committed to Newcastle, and of course in January of 2011, after only six months at the club, he signed a new six and a half year bumper contract at Newcastle, that keeps him on Tyneside through the summer of 2017.
This is what Cheick had to say in the local press today:
“When you compare last season to this there is a big difference. I think this year it is me. Last year was a struggle and I had too many yellow cards and too many injuries.”
“This year is good and I enjoy playing on the pitch.” “At the moment it is not about one player it is about the team. We play together and defend together. We work when we don’t have the ball.”
“It was very good for us to win three games in the Premier League. Not every team can do that because the Premier League is tough.”
“We have a tough game against West Brom at home. We have to do everything to win.” “We didn’t panic because we know we have quality on the pitch.”
“We can score every time. We just keep the same thing.” “I think it was a really good win for us, we played well and deserved to win.”
“We should have scored more goals in the first half.” “But we didn’t and the second half, they came back with more aggression on the pitch.”
There’s no doubt that Cheick looks a very good player for Newcastle this season, and he’s added some experience and discipline to his game, something that was missing when he first arrived from FC Twente over three years ago.
But at just £3.5M, Cheick has been another great signing for Newcastle, and he could well help us get into a very decent position in the league table come next May.
Wouldn’t that be something.
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