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Star Approaches 100th Appearance for Newcastle

1:15 pm, Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

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 on knees

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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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCarter // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Theres not many beasts in the premier league, but we’ve got two of them in cheik tiote and moussa sissoko

  • 2 Spoof // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    LEROI

    do we need Zaha, with Sissoko and Gouffran doing so well in the wide berths and having Ben Arfa desperate to get back in, not forgetting Jonas and even Marveaux can play wide we have enough without the need for Zaha, to me he would be 4th/5th or 6th choice, I don’t see him getting much game time for us if he came.

  • 3 LEROI // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Go on cheick get a goal to celebrate your century big man i’ll hoy a tenner on you mate!
    This blokes mean great for us appart from last season he was a bit hit and miss but overall he’s been a Rock in the middle of the pitch doing most of the dirty work for us.

  • 4 Spoof // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Very true Carter, and a bit of muscle does you no harm at all, last season with Tiote being so out of form I really did feel that we were to small and lightweight, but now with an inform Tiote with Sissoko on board combined with the relatively good form of Shola and Willo, then I believe that we have the physical presence which is required to do well, what a miss Tiote and after he had gone Ba were, our muscle had fanished.

  • 5 LEROI // Dec 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Spoof

    that’s exactly what I’m thinking about zaha to & you can add in sammy’s good performances as well. if we have to get anyone on loan i hope its a skillful frontman that can hold the ball well. I seen spurs v hammers last night and was thinking damn if adebayor wasn’t such a greedy fecker he would be that front man for us.

  • 6 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    We still don’t do well with corners

  • 7 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Krul
    Debuchy Colo Willo Santon
    Sissoko Cabaye Tiote Gouffran
    Ben Arfa
    Remy

    Go flat out at Palace! Their defence is horrible and they have Chamakh up front! Should win no problem

  • 8 boater // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Speaking of accumulators, I lost a 6 match full sweep when Chelsea conceded to the mackems in the final minute on tuesday. You’re always 1 away with an accumulator for some reason.

  • 9 wolfshead@toon // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    @3

    hear hear but i think we should draw a veil over everything as far as last season is concerned as for putting on a tenner your a big hitter compared to me lol ;-)

  • 10 jayphoto // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Id take zaha! His potential is huge! If anyone thinks hes sammy’s level they need to look at what zaha did @ palace last year compared to sammy @ boro!
    No chance we ‘ll take him on loan without an option to buy though! Mike Ashley has NEVER sanctioned a loan for an undeveloped player! Pretty sure llambias said seasons back that we were unprepared to develop other teams young players, gotta believe thats the reason in the past we haven’t gone in for wilshire, sturridge, lukaku etc
    We only loan players who will be available for transfer!
    Personally think we’ll see zaha chucked into a Cabaye deal

  • 11 JackButler // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    jayphoto

    Zaha does have huge potential but for Man Utd not NUFC.

    A club of this size and stature should not be helping other PL clubs to develop their players

  • 12 jayphoto // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Also fair play to tiote! Been excellent this season! I thought he was finished at nufc after last year but hes really turned up for us!
    Shining example that you don’t need to be able to shoot, pass or tackle to be a top player! Just run around alot and be a nuisance

  • 13 jayphoto // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    @jack Butler no i agree! I don’t think moyes fancies him though! Never been impressed with moyes ability to bring through youngsters, think he might be available

  • 14 JackButler // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    jayphoto

    Can’t see them parting with him so soon after laying out a fortune to get him at Old Trafford.

    If Moyes doesn’t fancy him then it shows the sad state of affairs as he’s a million miles ahead of our youngsters as Sammy was very poor at Boro

  • 15 wolfshead@toon // Dec 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    @11

    mr t cant tackle? lol he broke up nearly all manures midfield play

  • 16 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I was watching chelsea TV

    After mackem defeat Jose said that Basel was the only team that was better than them and deserved to beat them.

    WTF is this guy smoking.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Dec 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Magpies-till-d3ath

    Please don’t ever say that. It’s the kiss of death




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