Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiote Get the Drogaba Approval - Now World Cup Awaits

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tiote Get the Drogaba Approval - Now World Cup Awaits

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HERE are some players that just seem to have an aura around them.

t Didier Drogba is one of them. But those players that carry that aura usually carry themselves so well you tend to remember the brief moments in your life that you suddenly find yourself face to face with a global superstar.

It would have been easy for drogba to snub me as he walked down the corridor at St James' Park.

* When asked if he'd do a quickpiece with the Chronicle back in 2010 his first response was: "Who, me?" Newcastle had just drawn 1-1 " with Chelsea but it was early days for Cheick Tiote in a black and white shirt.

He'd joined a player from FC Twente who wasn't guaranteed his game in Holland. But it didn'take him long to make an impact.

And Drogba said: "Oh Cheick? I think Cheick is going to go on and be one of the strongest players in this league.

"I have to say that physically he is a bit stronger than me. Newcastle well and truly have a star player on their hands in Cheick.

"I think their supporters have only seen half of his potential so far. You have only seen half the player but the more Cheick plays at Premier League level the better he will become."

The truth was that Cheick's sec" ond season at Newcastle resulted in a slight dip after an amazing debut campaign.

Yes, he was part of the team that finished fifth but he wasn't at his best. The 2012/13 season was definitely Tiote's worst.

But he was honest enough to admit it.

Tiote has always been happy to face the music at Newcastle.

Twelve months ago he wanted to do an interview to try to draw a line under his bad form.

He told me: "I look at myself in the mirror and know it hasn't been good enough. As a player, you want the club to go forward.

"And I think it's important to think about yourself when you finish the season and reflect on whether you've done well or not - we haven't unfortunately.

"You have to think why it didn't go so well. …

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