On Monday, Newcastle sadly lost another great. Ivorian star Cheick Tiote was cruelly taken away from us. So now let’s take a look back at his time at Newcastle.
Check Tiote was perfect for Newcastle…
Upon arrival on Tyneside little was known about the man signed from Twente. Tiote was the only signing that summer Chris Hughton paid out for.
With hardly any money, Hughton got a bargain in with Tiote. A hard working no nonsense central midfield who hugely impressed on his debut against Everton.
Throughout the 2010/11 season, Tiote hugely impressed. His dominant role in the midfield led to cult hero status with his proneness for yellow cards.
Picking up an amazing 15 yellow cards and one red during that season. Reaffirming his place as United’s new hard man.
In February 2011, Tiote would have his most famous moment in a black and white shirt. His equaliser in United’s 4-4 draw with Arsenal. His first and only United goal.
The 2011/12 campaign saw Tiote link up with Frenchman Yohan Cabaye in the centre of midfield. Together they formed the backbone of a side which would see United qualify for Europe for the first time since 2006.
The pair complimented each other perfectly. With Cabaye’s fantastic passing offensive play matching perfectly with Tiote’s defensive style.
Tiote would go on to play in the Europa League for the Magpies in the 2012/13 campaign. Featuring five times in the run to the quarters featuring against the likes of Anji and Club Brugge.
Furthermore, the Ivorian hardman would go on to score Newcastle’s famous ghost goal against Manchester City. The perfectly valid strike was ruled out for offside due to obstruction by Yoan Gouffran.
However, many pundits were dismayed by the decision as much as United fans.
In 2014/15, the Ivorian would lose his starting place with United and he wouldn’t feature regularly again until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Departing United in 2017 after making three appearances this season.
My Final Thoughts
This is certainly something I’d never thought I’d be doing. To say that this is a shock is an understatement.
This devastating news is such a surprise and is made worse by the age of the Ivorian. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this tough time.
Personally, I’d like to thank Tiote for his service to the club. Every performance he put his heart and soul into shown by his record. Furthermore, he created one of the greatest moments in the club’s history with his only goal against Arsenal.
He will never be forgotten. RIP Cheick Tiote
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