Cheick Tiote’s return to form has been central to Newcastle United’s success this season, as they find themselves 6th in the Premier League and just three points (four after Everton’s win) adrift of the Champions League places at Christmas.

cheick tioteThe midfield enforcer is back to his best and has been a dependable figure in Alan Pardew’s side this season – a side that have only lost once in their last eight.

During that run Newcastle have seen off some of the best with wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as a historical victory at Old Trafford.

The Ivorian played a big part at Old Trafford and deservedly picked up the man of the match award for his part in Newcastle’s first win at Old Trafford in almost 42 years.

Cheick Tiote absolutely dominated the Manchester United midfield and allowed Yohan Cabaye and Vurnon Anita to flourish in front of him.

Newcastle were largely disappointing last season and Tiote was amongst those that struggled – looking a shadow of his former self.

However, his fortunes turned around this season when he was handed the captaincy against Liverpool in Fabricio Coloccini’s absence.

Tiote took the armband and the responsibility that came with it – showing a side to his game rarely seen at St James’ Park.

The Ivory Coast international has a reputation for picking up a lot of bookings, but this season has been a different story with Tiote only accumulating five yellow cards in 17 appearances.

His fifth booking came during Newcastle’s 3-0 win at Crystal Palace and Tiote will now serve a one match suspension – he will be sorely missed as Newcastle welcome Stoke City on Boxing Day.

His style of play has not suffered and Tiote remains as tenacious as ever. He is finally showing the maturity his game has longed for and is now as influential as anybody, as Newcastle push to get back into Europe.

9 comments
Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace

Wonder where he's getting the money from the poor bloke is skint that's why we can't compete with the stoke and Leicester city's of this world! For all you fans still going to game today WAKE UP!!

davidraine40
davidraine40

"There will be seven townhouses and 62 flats built on the former storage depot land, which already has planning permission for the development, with the total value when built estimated to be worth around £900, when completed"

It seems an awful lot of bother to make £900.

SGM
SGM

So what?

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

What's wrong with focusing on ONE business and doing it brilliantly (That doesn't mean for personal gain) and leaving other business areas for others to excel in. Rather than having fingers in many business pies and annoying everyone in the process.


Greedy b*****d.

Andrew Swift
Andrew Swift

The day Fatty sells up and takes a box in Stamford Bridge to watch HIS team is the day we have the biggest party EVER.

David Lambert
David Lambert

I bet that gladens the hearts of folk still daft enough to hand over their hard earned to fatty. The thought of my money going towards a toffs new billet would sicken me to the core.

NottsToon
NottsToon

I don't care what he does with his money, I just wish he'd f**k off to Chelsea for good.