It coincided with Cheick Tiote being handed the captaincy in Fabricio Coloccini’s absence, and since then Cheick Tiote has been in top form for Newcastle and had a great game at Old Trafford, when he ran the midfield for Newcastle in that famous win.
Cheick Tiote – in action last Saturday at Old Trafford
Cheick Tiote has been in the best form of his career over the last few months, and he has made a huge difference to Newcastle this season, after struggling last season, like a number of our other top players.
Newcastle have Five wins in the last six games before this afternoon’s game with a good-looking Southampton side, and we have wins against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in those games – and we are currently in 7th position in the league table.
This is what manager Alan Pardew told the local press about Cheick, who has 41 caps for the Ivory Coast:
“He is playing very well.” “I was very reluctant to take the captaincy from him after he did so well with it, but he has proved to me, irrespective of whether he wears the armband or not, he is brilliant.
“I can reflect on the two Manchester United games. The 3-0 was the best performance he ever gave this football club, closely followed by that performance last week, so he can do it against the top clubs.”
Newcastle fans will be hoping that Cheick can put in another top performance for the Magpies today against the Saints, and another win would see us high up in the Premier League table, but that will be a tall order against what has been a very good Southampton side this season.
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