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Tiote A No-Brainer For Spurs

8 years ago
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Another piece of the Newcastle United jigsaw has now fallen into place with the Ivory Coast’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations.

The favourites were surprisingly knocked out by Nigeria in the quarter finals despite Cheick Tiote equalising just after half-time with his first international goal, Nigeria going on to win 2-1.

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This fortunate (for us) turn of events means that we now have the bonus of Cheick being back in black & white for the tough looking visit to White Hart Lane next Saturday and the Europa League tie on the following Thursday.

You might be asking, do you change a winning team? On this occasion I would say it is an unequivocal yes!

I think Tiote has suffered more than any other player from the injuries to the squad and the fact it was wafer thin in the first place. We have seen it in the past, when we end up having to start with players not up to the job, Cheick often ends up trying too hard to make up for their deficiencies and his own game can go to pieces.

We have already seen a number of our established players bouncing back to form on the back of the quality injection to our squad, nobody more so than Jonas Gutierrez on Saturday.

It will be Cheick’s turn on Saturday and I can’t wait to see him come in for James Perch (who has done OK) and remind us all of what a great player he is when he just needs to concentrate on his own job.

With Tiote alongside Cabaye and Sissoko you have got some engine room in the middle of the park and Spurs might not even see what hits them.

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