Cheick Tiote has been in top form this season for Newcastle, and perhaps the 41 times capped Ivory Coast International is playing his best football ever at Newcastle, after signing on from FC Twente in August of 2010 for a measly £3.5M, another great buy for Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – playing some of his best football ever on Tyneside
Newcastle are in a high 6th place in the Premier League at the moment, after last Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Southampton, and Newcastle are now looking for a 5th win on the road this season at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Cheick has compared last season with this in the local press today:
“Last season was hard for everyone,” ”This season we are playing much better.” “I’m enjoying my football. It’s important for me to play at this level and help the team.”
“I will try hard to stay at the same level. It’s very important for me, because every player wants to play well.” “Last season was a very bad season for us, but there is a big difference between last season and this season.”
“This season we are happy. The players are playing well, and the team as well.” “We try to win every game.” “We don’t think about the top four or top six. We just try to win games – that is the most important thing.”
Not only has Cheick been dominant in Newcastle’s midfield this season, but he seems to be a more disciplined player than in his first three seasons on Tyneside, and he hasn’t picked up too many cautions this season – so far.
And indeed, when he was handed the captaincy when Colo was out injured earlier in the season, that seemed to inspire the 27 year-old, and he produced some of his best performances while wearing the Newcastle captain’s armband.
Cheick is in line to make his 100th appearance for the Magpies on Saturday afternoon at Selhurst Park – and the Ivorian has one goal.
That was the sensational equalizer near the end of the home game against Arsenal almost three years ago, and that was the final goal in the famous 4-4 draw, after Newcastle had been 4-0 down after only 26 minutes in that game.
What a fantastic and gutsy comeback that was from Newcastle.
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