Cheick Tiote was accused earlier in the season of being ‘poison’ in the Newcastle United dressing room.

The claims by a journalist on Sky Sports have now being answered by the Newcastle United midfielder, who says that he didn’t do anything bad and that ‘everybody at the club and my partner knows that’.

No doubt some of you will be chuckling a Cheick Tiote choosing to voluntarily add his ‘partner’ into the quote, wondering which one…?

Tiote says he doesn’t take any notice of what appears in the media and the most important thing is ‘being professional’, which considering his off-field antics is something he should have being telling himself a while ago.

Obviously the most important thing for the club and the supporters is what he does…..or doesn’t do, on the pitch and now back in the team that is what we will judge him on.

So far he has been woeful since he came back into the team and alongside Vurnon Anita they were totally outplayed on Saturday at Bournemouth.

The goalkeeping situation and other issues have maybe helped deflect attention away from Steve McClaren’s biggest problem, which is how he deals with the lack of quality in the middle of the pitch for Newcastle. Something which is a serious handicap to the team in almost every match.

Cheick Tiote:

“It didn’t affect me, I know myself that I didn’t do anything bad and everybody at the club and my partner knows that.

“I just do my best for the team, that is the most important thing – all I want is to see the team go forward and win games.

“What people say in the media, I just put that to one side as it doesn’t matter, I don’t read too many newspapers.

“I am a footballer and I have a job to do. For me I think the most important thing is being professional.

“I just come in train hard, do my best for the team and if the manager gives the opportunity I will do my best in the games. That is the most important thing for me.”

“Every player wants to play every week,  I’m happy (to be back in the team) and I have to continue like that.

“It wasn’t easy for me but I know myself and knew I had to do everything right, to work hard to come back.”