Cheick Tiote returned this week and had his first game for Newcastle on Wednesday night at Sheffield Wednesday, and the Ivory Coast International will be involved in the Schalke 04 Cup this weekend, when Newcastle play two games – one this afternoon against Malaga CF, and one tomorrow against the German hosts.
Cheick Tiote in action on Wednesday against Wednesday
Tiote has been at Newcastle for four years now, and he is one of Newcastle’s most committed players, and on his day he is a real strength in the center of midfield for the Magpies.
And it hasn’t gone unnoticed with Cheick that Newcastle have done some great business so far in this summer’s transfer window.
Cheick was asked in the Shields Gazette what the goals for Newcastle were this season:
“You never know in the Premier League, but we are working hard, and hope to have a good season.” “We just have to stay together on the pitch and try to win every game. We will see where we finish.”
“The squad looks stronger than it was last year.” “Hopefully, we will do well on the pitch this season – better than last season.”
“I think it’s good for me, and I hope I will help the team have a good season,” “We won at Wednesday, and it was a good game.” “We will continue to work hard for the new season.”
“Lots of the players were really tired, but we stayed together on the pitch. It wasn’t easy.” “The young players also did well. It’s not easy for them for come into the first team. The manager was happy with them.”
There was good news yesterday that Newcastle had agreed a loan deal to bring 23 year-old striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk for next season for a €2M (£1.6M) loan fee, with an option to sign the striker permanently for €8M (£6.4M), if he does well.
Newcastle have already signed Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat this summer, and it’s expected that Ferreyra will be unveiled early next week – probably on Monday.
There’s little doubt Newcastle have done well this summer, but it also seems Alan Pardew has given up on striker Loic Remy – who doesn’t seem to want to come back to Newcastle.
Note: There will be a meeting with Peter Beardsley at the Green in Wardley, Gateshead on Friday 22nd August from 7:00 pm. Tickets are now available priced at approx £25, and that includes a meal, a glass of wine and a talk with Peter – if you’d like a ticket for this event please call the Green at 0191 4950171.
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