Cheick Tiote – ‘All That Matters Is The Team’
While he’s still a popular player with pretty much all the sensible people I talk to, there does appear to be a vocal minority who are quick to point the finger at Cheick Tiote when things aren’t going well.
Earlier in the season Tiote wasn’t at his best but then you could say that about most of our players, one thing with Cheick though is that he doesn’t hide.
So when Newcastle are struggling he tries too hard at times and because he’s more prepared to put in tackles and keep hold of the ball than most of his teammates he stands out even more when we are up against it.
Yes he gets a lot of daft bookings but the more quality players we get in the team, the more he can relax and just concentrate on his own game.
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What I do know is that nearly every big result Newcastle have had in the last two and a half years has seen Cheick Tiote in the heart of the action and his comments after the Spurs match also show that he is a real team player;
The squad has changed since I’ve been away and it’s good to sign some new players, as now we have much more strength in the squad, as well as more balance. That can only be good.
I can’t just come straight back in as the team’s been doing well while I was away, with a couple of really good wins.
All that matters is the team and not who is playing”.
Personally, I thought it was a bit of a joke that Tiote wasn’t straight back in at White Hart Lane, I think his energy and drive would have helped give Gareth Bale a much harder time than he got. By the time he came off, I thought Perch looked way out of his depth, though not quite as bad as last season when he and Danny Guthrie were woeful in centre midfield at Spurs.
What I do know is that sentiment will now be out of the window for Alan Pardewand barring injury, it will be Cheick Tiote who will start against Southampton in two weeks time.
For your biggest games you need your biggest players on the pitch and on Saturday, Alan Pardew made a big mistake.
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