Cheick Tiote

Name: Cheick Tiote
Squad number: 24
Nationality: Ivorian
Born: 21st June, 1986, Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire
Height: 180cm (5ft 11ins)
Weight: 85.8kg
Previous clubs: Anderlecht, Roda JC (loan), FC Twente
Signed: August 2010 from FC Twente
Newcastle United debut: 18th September, 2010 v Everton (away), Premier League
Position: Midfielder



Midfield general Cheick Tiote has been a big hit since joining Newcastle United from Dutch side FC Twente on 26th August, 2010.


The tough-tackling Ivorian, who started his career with Belgian giants Anderlecht before moving into Dutch football with Roda JC, made an impressive start to life on Tyneside.


In his debut against Everton at Goodison Park, he achieved a 100 per cent pass completion rate to help his new side to a 1-0 win and he continued to impress in the engine room, breaking up play and tenaciously going about his work.


Tiote's most memorable moment in a black and white shirt to date, however, undoubtedly came in the thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal at St. James' Park in February 2011.


With United having clawed back three second-half goals after trailing by four in less than half-an-hour, Tiote smashed in a fantastic volley with his weaker left foot to send the Gallowgate wild and complete one of the Barclays Premier League's finest ever comebacks.


Alongside central midfield partner Yohan Cabaye, he was instrumental in helping guide United to a fifth-place finish in the 2011/12 season, completing much of the less eye-catching defensive work that helped put a prolific forward line on the front foot so often that season.


Tiote is often the heartbeat of the Magpies side, and has proved to be a sound addition to the Club's midfield ranks, with invaluable industry in the middle of the park.



Early days

Tiote began his career at the small Ivorian club FC Bibo before he was picked up by Anderlecht as a teenager.


There, he endured a difficult debut, missing a penalty in a cup defeat to Geel, but the youngster found his feet in a season-long loan spell with Eredivisie outfit Roda JC where he gained valuable experience in the Dutch top flight.


From there, he was picked up by FC Twente in 2008 for under £1million and proved to be a bargain, winning the title in the 2009/10 campaign under the management of former England boss Steve McClaren, before a £3.5million pound move to Tyneside that summer.



International career

After making his debut for the Ivory Coast in August 2009 against Tunisia, Tiote has become an established regular for the Elephants.


Wearing the number nine shirt for his country, a much-revered shirt in Newcastle, he reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations before playing in each of the Ivory Coast's group games at the World Cup later that year.


In the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, Tiote stepped up to convery a penalty in a shoot-out defeat to Zambia in the final and netted in the following year's quarter-final defeat to Nigeria in the same tournament.


The midfielder represented his nation at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, starting each of the Ivory Coast's group games, and was named in their squad for the 2014 finals in Brazil.