Steve McClaren has praised the Saturday performance of Cheick Tiote today and thinks the team has missed his presence in the center of midfield this season.
Cheick had a great game last Saturday at the Emirates Stadium when we were very unlucky to go down 1-0 and Cheick was our Man of the Match.
Cheick Tiote in action last Saturday
This is what McClaren has said about the 53 times capped Ivory Coast International today:
“Tiote was very good against Arsenal. He’s been itching to get back and we’ve missed him,” “He’s been injured, and he was terrific in the spell where we were going well.”
“He got injured and we had two bad games, but he’s coming back.” “I thought they were all excellent in midfield.”
“I thought it was a great team performance, and we need to do the same again next week and the week after that.”
Yes – but we also need to start winning games – we cannot just put in good performances and be satisfied with that – we need to get some points on the board badly.
The only reason Cheick started the game last Saturday was that Vurnon Anita was out injured with a hamstring injury, but it was good to see the 29 year-old put in such a good, strong committed performance for the side.
We need players like Cheick to start playing somewhere near their best form f we are to survive in the Premier League this season – the third time in the last four seasons we are fighting against relegation.
Cheick controlled the midfield for Newcastle and that’s not easy to do against the might of Arsenal.
But with injuries also starting to mount up – that’s also got to be a growing concern.
At this time last year injuries decimated the squad and it doesn’t look like we’ve done much to correct the injury problems this season.
That’s another reason we need some good players brought in this month.