There was news in late September that was put out by John Richardson of the Express while he was appearing on the Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement show – that both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse were bad eggs in the Newcastle dressing room and basically were poisoning the team spirit at the club.
That report has turned out to be completely false and Steve McClaren, when he first heard of the report laughed at it and said it just wasn´t true.
Cheick Tiote – works hard in training
At the time, pundits were putting the boot in on Newcastle because of our very poor start to the season, but in the last four games things have started to look up just a little bit and a win against Leicester tomorrow could see us move up the table.
Steve McClaren has talked about both Cheick and Papiss today:
“Three or four weeks ago, I was hearing that Cheicky is supposedly ‘poison in the dressing room’.” “I laughed when I saw it.”
“He’s the least poisonous player you can imagine. No one has ever got a bigger smile on their face – he just wants to play.”
“The staff don’t know him that well, but I know him. They came to me the other day and said, ‘My God, how hard does he work in training?’”
“Honestly, you watch him and he is everywhere. He’s 29, but I had him when he was younger when he was a kid, and what he was doing then, ‘Wow!’ He’s starting to get somewhere back towards that level now.”
“Cheick’s never been one ounce of trouble,” “Papiss? He’s never been one ounce of trouble either – never been.”
“There was all this stuff about them being late and everything, but not at all. That’s what annoys me because we have no real issues in the camp.”
“We’ve just got a little bit of hangover from the past.”
Cheick has shown signs of returning to his best form but like a number of our players he had a poor game at Bournemouth but hey – we still got 3 points so it was a great result if still a poor performance.
Papiss Cisse hasn’t had many chances to shine this season, but we could see him come on in the second half tomorrow and what he needs is a goal to get things going for him.
Papiss Cisse – needs more playing time
Papiss scored 11 goals in 22 games for us last season and most of those goals came after he had come on as a substitute.
There´s no good reason why he cannot continue to do that this season – but he needs the playing time.