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.

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SGM
SGM

Your protests would make a huge impact on the club, but for one thing, Gate receipts are a fraction of a clubs income, so a club doesn't need to keep them happy, they are now no longer courted, in fact they are becoming a problem, all clubs in the Prem. now discourage individuals in favour of corporate.

v0ices
v0ices

@SGM a rather large fraction of a clubs income don't make it sound like pennies when its tens of millions, not to mention all the associated income from merchandise etc. The mans greedy cut his profits and he will sell up so he can take his money elsewhere for a better return. That's not taking into account any penalties sky or BT may have written into contracts regarding empty grounds. Staying away may not work but going will just continue to feed the fat mans wallet and justify his tenure as custodian of our club.

SGM
SGM

@v0ices @SGM Merchandise has been sold off, internal catering has been sold off, even the match-day programmes.Individuals need marshalling and crowd control is becoming expensive, corporate is far more profitable. And i believe its Sky that feeds the wallet. if you want to hit his Wallet cancel your Sky subscription.

1957
1957

It's always nice to read Chris's articles, wish I could do as well. I don't always agree with them but they are a blessed relief from the rehashed Chronicle rubbish and the efforts from the let's write anything so everyone can slag off the regime crew.

I still go to the match, not because I'm a particular admirer of the clubs business plan, but because it's time I get to spend with my son who lives out of the area and travels home for each home game. Oddly for some we still enjoy the games and the chance to interact with the supporters around us, some of whom we have sat with for many years. None of these are contemplating a boycott, because we all feel it will have no effect on Ashley.

A boycott of SD would have as much effect as the mackem's Sugar Puffs effort years ago, SD is a national company and our small corner of the world is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things

mentalman
mentalman

Finally a decent article.

I would disagree with you on the success of the 60minute walkout simply because there was a 69th minute walkout to. Hats off to the guys who arranged the walkout but then a seperate group came along and decided to do their own walkout 9mins later which turned both into a joke. I can remember watching it on TV and on 60mins the commentators said is this the arranged walkout or is it just a load of geordies going for a pie.

Why couldn't eveyone just agree to leave at one point, it would have made a much bigger statement.

Brian Standen
Brian Standen

Top artucle, puts my writing to shame. Excellent points

Rangers1ST
Rangers1ST

@MikeAshleyLies Boycott wouldn't work anyway with the TV £ you get. Only way to be rid of him is a collective vilification of SD by fans.

andy_emmers
andy_emmers

@MikeAshleyLies Excellent article - see it all over the fan pages, all want action but end up falling out over preaching their point of view

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

I always presumed these Mills and Boon articles were written for 'the Ladies' or ex-pats reminiscing over salad days fare...