The player who has made an instant and indelible impression on Tyneside, since arriving from FC Twente in the summer, is Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.
Cheick Tiote – world class midfielder?
And it shows that Newcastle are doing something right in the transfer market, when they can pick up a player of Cheick’s caliber and ability for just £3.5M, and he’s already worth a lot more than that now.
We’ve heard former England boss Steve McClaren talk about what a great player Tiote is, and today another former England manager, Swede Sven Eriksson, now managing Leicester City, has waxed lyrical about the player he managed during the World Cup for the Ivory Coast last summer.
Eriksson believes Newcastle have unearthed a potentially world-class midfielder, and he told the Sunday Sun today:
“I have not been surprised how well he has done in England. He is so good that he could play in whatever team,”“I had him and he played all three games for Ivory Coast in the World Cup. The link with Michael Essien? Yes, I can see it a little bit. They are similar in their abilities.”
“He is a central midfielder and is extremely strong. And the best thing about Cheik is that he shows it every game and in every training session – he is consistent, he will never let you or any of his team-mates down.”
“The tackles he puts in are incredible and he is a ball winner. When he wins it he plays it very simply and is a good passer of the ball.” “He is a fantastic human being, absolutely first class. He is top,” “I am very happy for him because he deserves every success he has.”
“He works hard, he is a good, good person and it does not surprise me that Newcastle fans and the manager there like him so much. ” “To be honest I would like to buy him (for Leicester) but we can’t take him from Newcastle!”
Cheick missed the disaster last Saturday at Bolton, serving a one match ban for picking up 5 yellow cards, and his absence may have been one of the reasons Newcastle performed so poorly as a defensive unit.
He returns today in a couple of hours against Chelsea, and we have to hope Tiote gets Newcastle off to a good start this afternoon, with his biting tackles and untiring work in Newcastle’s central midfield.
If Newcastle ever needed a great performance from Cheick, it’s this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Howay The Lads!!
7 comments so far
Nov 28, 2010 at 11:34 AMComment #1
It’s really strange that the only game he’s not played for us, our 2 CB fall apart & bot get 3 game bans!!! IS that because they themselves have become too reliant on Tiote to help cover the back that they’ve forgotten how to do the job themselves??
Personally I think he’s probably the best player we’ve brought in over a decade, I can’t for myself think of another player who’s come anywhere near him in the past 10 years!!!
Nov 28, 2010 at 11:38 AMComment #2
Glad we signed him, cos if we stick will smith, we would be hammered 5-1 in every match!
Nov 28, 2010 at 11:43 AMComment #3
In my opinion, Tiote is one of the better defensive midfielders in the english league.
Newcastle United has to keep its promising young players and retain the core players.
I see Krul, Barton, Tiote, Carroll, Williamson, Simpson, Enrique and Guthrie as the players that will lead Newcastle through the next 2 or 3 seasons.
Kadar, Ranger and Vuckic have also look like very promising youngsters.
Nov 28, 2010 at 11:44 AMComment #4
We will see today How Good we are !!!!!! if Sunderland Can beat Chelsea I am Sure We can !!! We have Experience to Do the Job. He will be The Ball Winner to Feed Carroll today. Hope we Play 4-4-2 not 4-5-1 as Lovencrands is Not on Fire unless Ranger can Do something ?? .
Nov 28, 2010 at 8:53 PMComment #5
I can’t name a better DM in the Prem
Nov 29, 2010 at 2:10 AMComment #6
Yeah he`s right the guy protects and wins ball in front of the back four, allowing the wing backs to move the ball up field.
I just bet they all love that.
And as Sven stated plays the safe simple pass.
personally i would like to see him do a bit more.
Play the killer pass, take a shot at goal, the way Roy Keane did.
Look dont get me wrong I awould be happy if he continued to play as he does, only I would just like to see him become the complete player he has expressed he wants to be, as good or better than Essien.
Now thats a goal ! lets see how he does ?
Nov 29, 2010 at 3:46 AMComment #7
In fairness, he’s hardly playing in tye same team as Essien, so maybe its as well he does a bit more of the ugly stuff. Perhaps when the other 10 are as good, he’ll show us his silky forward skills. For now, I’m more than happy.