There was some welcome good news for Newcastle today, when Cheick Tiote came out and said he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, and that he will continue to keep fighting for the team.
Cheick Tiote – world-class in last two games for Newcastle
That’s just exactly what we want to hear from one of our best players – and of course Cheick is the joint vice-captain of the team, along with new signing Siem de Jong.
In his press conference yesterday, this is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick, and the most current incident when a Newcastle player seems to have been misquoted, when in his home country:
“When a player goes to their own country, and that doesn’t necessarily mean Africa, it could be France or Holland, we always seem to get misquoted versions of events, and this is one of those cases – I’ve had them 100 times at this club.
“The last two performances of Cheick Tiote have been world-class, trust me, in a team that hasn’t particularly functioned very well – so that says it all for me.”
“He’s a fantastic player and a big character for us, and I look forward to seeing him on Saturday what he does, and that is to play football very very well.”
Cheick seems to be forming a solid partnership in the middle of the park with Jack Colback, but we are still missing some creativity there, ever since Yohan Cabaye left the club last January for PSG.
But maybe Siem de Jong can provide some of that when he returns from injury early next year, and we just hope by that time the team has fought their way off the bottom of the league.
We also expect some new players to arrive in January and according to reports, a striker and a center-back are still the targets, and it’s just a pity we didn’t bring them in over the summer.
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