Cheik Tiote: Man or machine?

Cheik him out.
Cheik Tiote, I think it’s safe to say, has been a revelation since his summer move from FC Twente.

And few would argue that he has been our signing of the season and is arguably the bargain signing of the Premier League this term. For me he is one of our most important players, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly considering where he came from and how much we expected of him when he first arrived.

With Cheik in the team I feel we are more complete, and I don’t mean to be harsh on Danny Guthrie or Alan Smith but I always feel more confident when Tiote’s playing.

A player that Tiote also seems to get the best out of as well is Kevin Nolan. Captain Kev must love playing in midfield with him as he knows that he can bomb on and make all those runs that get him the goals whilst having the security of Cheik behind him marshalling the back four and breaking up any potential counter-attacks.

Considering the role he plays it would be easy for him to go diving in to tackles like Smith does, but he doesn’t. He stands his ground which makes him a lot more effective and much harder to get past because of amazing strength – Didier Drogba once said that Tiote was the strongest player he’d ever faced, that says it all!

It’s not just his defensive work that impresses me – it’s his range of passing as well. He can play nice simple passes and keep things ticking over or he can also hit a great long pass, something that Nicky Butt could never quite do, no matter how many times he tried them.

There was one pass in particular, against Arsenal, where he picked the ball up in the centre of the pitch and pinged it over to Danny Simpson who was on the run and it ended up with Simpson forcing a good save from Szczesny. That always sticks in my mind.

So combine all of them things with the fact that he has pace as well makes him, for me, one of the best defensive midfielders in the country when he’s on his game. In my opinion of course.

I did start to wonder however if he had a good shot on him but all those worries were banished after he scored that goal and who can forget it! Well just in case you did here it is again;

I don’t think I’ve ever celebrated a goal quite like that and it will live long in the memory for me and I’m sure for everyone else as well.

His new six-and-a-half year deal was just reward for his performances this season and with the likes of Tiote, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa, we have a real platform going forward and a great core to build a team around.

The summer is a great chance to start building that team but before all of that…

Lets watch that stunning goal again!

223 thoughts on “Cheik Tiote: Man or machine?

  1. I really have just put all my work on a memory stick 😆

    If I lost the I would be fooked 😆


  2. Spencer you do realise that if you done that as soon as you plug it in to another computer and open it BINGO its spreads straight on to that pc ❓ ❓


  3. Big Dave. is a more simple version and an easier operating system to manage smaller tasks like the photos i create, it is much eaiser and simple to use than photoshop + it is free, i could still torrent P/s but i like 😆


  4. @155 it will only be the college computers so alright 😉

    Ive realised your pulling my leg now, I always had my suspicions but couldnt risk it, I really would have been fooked 😆


  5. I think Spence needs to learn about something called RESPECT, well respecting your elders (big dave)


  6. Andrew me and you didnt get off to the best start because you didnt belive me about my inside source, can we put that behind us? 😆


  7. Davidtoon4life thats ok if you had off wanted P/shop I could have send you a copy. Have you tried Ulead Photo express ? its simple to use. I just cant get me head round P/shop even though my daughter is qualified to teach it and has tried to teach me 😆 but I just couldn’t be bothered with it 😀


  8. 177 😆 😆

    David, do you have the links to your toon pictures, fancy meself a new screensaver, been looking for it but i can’t find it, toonsy linked it earlier


  9. Villa are 10/11 to win on sunday and we’re 3/1……. That flatters them just a bit!
    Worth a punt on us.
    Also 500/1 for 6-0………. 😆 😆


  10. Ive been getting bullied as per, oh and I have some more news from my sources family!


  11. Getting back to photos, is what I use and it’s canny good. Mind you, I only use it for resizing pictures and what not so nowt complex 😆


  12. Aye! Also re barton vs barry :
    G Barry v J Barton Mins 2361-2248 Goals 2-4 Shots 13-51 Assists 2-7 Chances Created open play 18-25 Pass% 85%-74% Tackles 78%-81%
    Says it all really…


  13. You might laugh but I actually think it’s something we would look to do, we might get out bidded but he said he wants guaranteed first team football and I think Ashley will see the long term benefits of any deal.

    The chances are small but I wouldn’t rule it out 😉


  14. Dan
    Maybe but I can’t see us spending £20m on one player whoever it is…… Actually he might but only for this one lad called lionel something 🙂


  15. Peaceet, Yeah I see where your coming from but I dunno I just have the feeling it’s something we might look to do, out of the blue and we’ve been secretly planning it for a while :mrgreen:


  16. Well nothings ever as it seems with NUFC is it! Can’t rule anything out ever.
    Anyway I’m off need my beauty sleep 🙂 🙂
    laters fellas


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