McClaren Praise For In-Form Midfielder

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.

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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.

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15 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    couldn’t win an argument this lot
    t1ts 00t

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2


    ” much like Alan Pardew and his team received after he had guided Newcastle to a top five finish – which in retrospective was a remarkable achievement given all the constraints put on Newcastle managers by owner Mike Ashley.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Sorry did you mean in retrospect the restraints of having to play Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse, Colo, Guti, Tiote, Santon, Krul etc all in their prime.

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    The Chief Exec of Marks & Spencer’s stood down because its results are worse than expected.

    And Charnley?

  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    charnley wont coz he thinks he is doing great

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #5
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m all for stability but start with the right people in the beginning. Appointing championship managers is never going to be a profitable long term plan.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    championship manager
    now there’s high praise

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Will admit Mclaren has got Tiote playing well currently but hes always capable of being suspended or getting injured again so we really should be looking for someone to take his place in the team who can rely on for a whole season !!

    Anyone a bit worried its now 7 days into the window and we dont even look close to signing anyone?

    Bidding big for Lacazette knowing fine well he does not want to join us is typical Newcastle when the money involved could get us Shelvey , Remy on Loan and a winger for the same money

  • firebug666

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Penfold would have been having a heart attack if that bid had been accepted and the player was flying in for his medical. PMSL.

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10


    And don’t forget that bumbling MD we’re blessed with.

    What the hell is Ashley playing at?

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Just shut up Mr Idiot , I am sick of reading “This player is good and that one is good ” just SHUT THE **** UP

    If any of them was good INCLUDING you McClown we wouldn’t be 18th .

    deluded or a complete idiot ?! I think he is BOTH …!!

  • John Tudor

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    it was accepted but nacasette told them to f.o.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Really it hardly matters which striker, left back, or winger is transferred in, because at the moment we just need to raise morale, increase competition for places and have options. All of which will improve the mood of supporters and give that final push to creating a winning side.

  • one fine day

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    So let me get this straight …
    Will all the connections Carr and co are meant to have in France this farce was allowed to even play out .
    We wait until transfer window is open before even approaching the club only then apparently to find the player is rightly not interested?
    So a week wasted but gives the fans the impression we are “trying” to bring in quality.
    So now we turn to another target ?
    A week wasted .
    Not the biggest fan of shelvey to be honest but have to say that for what we need to get us out of the sh@t by seasons end he is exactly what we need.
    The last thing we need to hear right now is how another signing needs to get used to the pace of the prem or “bed in”
    Surely Mac knows this so why stand back letting Carr bring in these types of players .
    Pretty sure right now if you asked villa fans who they’d prefer between remi garde ,who is a fine coach and say tony pulis the answer would be pretty predictable

  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15


    I’ve said all I want to say on the subject, 4 days now you’ve been going round in circles with everyone. When you look at the accounts then come and have a constructive conversation, until then I see no point in debating with someone who clearly knows FA about what he perceives to be right.

    The best starting point is for you to look at 2005/06 accounts and make your way through to now.

    I’ll even make it easier for you and do this in steps. You get the accounts I’ll happily discuss each year with you, either on the blog or in person!!


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