Tiote is a cult hero in the making
He was almost forgotten about in the devastation of the horrific loss of Hatem Ben Arfa but Cheik Tiote's instant impact at Newcastle United gives reason to believe that this season can be regarded as a success when it comes to staying in this division.
Of course, many expect and want much more than just survival but if Newcastle are going to continue to pluck results out the bag like West Ham and Everton then the Ivory Coast international is going to be key.
He looked in full control of the engine room on Saturday night at Upton Park as he dominated both Scott Parker and Mark Noble in the middle of park and his range of passing was there for all to see.
Already he's looking a snip at ÃÂ£3.5million and away from home he seems up for the battle which is exactly what you want.
The good thing is that Tiote can only improve too.
Once he settles in and adjusts fully to life in Newcastle and starts to master the language then we really could have a player on our hands.
He made a statement at West Ham with his commanding performance and now its up to him to push on at a club where he can be a real legend if he wants to.
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