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Build Midfield Around Him – Video

9 years ago

There has been a lot of talk as to where and why things are going wrong at Newcastle United, in situations like this you are always likely to find innocent casualties.

One player put in the frame by some is, quite bizarrely, Cheick Tiote.

Like most of his teammates the Ivory Coast might not have been great this season but if there is one player we need desperately to keep hold of it is him.

We know what Tiote is good at; tackling, chasing players down, keeping possession before giving it to a more creative player, then we have what he is not so good at; scoring and creating goals, having possession near our goal (at times).

When Cabaye is alongside him and other players are ticking then Cheick Tiote is almost always at least very good, at other times class. We need to get more quality players alongside him, rather than think about getting rid of one of our best players.

If you are still in doubt have a look at this excellent footage of his masterclass against Manchester United just under a year ago.
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