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I Was Reluctant To Take The Captaincy From Him – He’s Brilliant

8:49 am, Saturday, December 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

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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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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 croftus5678 // Dec 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    going to miss the game today (bloody work) but all the best to the lads.

    and all i want for xmas santa is for cisse to find his goalscoring form back and to learn how to stay onside please :-)

  • 2 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    My stream was so poor v Swansea I’ve given up watching live.
    I’ll avoid the results over the weekend and download 4 or 5 games HD 720p quality. Watch them in the right order so the commentator doesn’t spoil it and its far better.

    It means I can’t post in here but I don’t suppose you’ll miss my “Pardew outs!” too much. :-)

  • 3 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I too am wanting the Cisse back from two seasons ago.

    I will say this though, there are a lot of times when the lad is is given off-side when he is actually scrtutinizing the highlights that he was actuaaly on side !

  • 4 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    There were a couple of sweetest strikes with the outside of both feet that were stunning.

    I think his first goal for us and another the camera was right behind.
    A thing of pure beauty.

  • 5 JAMSHA // Dec 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    lovelink.us ed plz block this site dat pops up

  • 6 JAMSHA // Dec 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

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