North-East latest: Newcastle star back at weekend; Poyet wants more from strikers

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Cheick Tiote to make first Newcastle appearance

Newcastle United’s midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote is in line to make his first appearance of the season for the Magpies, according to the Chronicle.

Tiote has been out injured for the opening part of the season, but he is expected to come into the starting line-up for the Magpies game against Southampton this Saturday.

Rolando Aarons honoured by international recognition

Newcastle United’s Rolando Aarons says that he is honoured to have been involved in the England set-up.

Aarons made his debut and scored in England’s 6-0 win over Romania and he says that playing for his country was a source of huge pride for him.

“I am just honoured to be involved and thrilled to get a goal on my England debut,” the 18-year-old said.

“It has been an amazing week. The boys made me feel very welcome from the first day and I was part of the group straight away.”

Aarons has been one of Newcastle’s most eye-catching players so far in the Premier League and he will be hoping to continue his fine form against Southampton this weekend.

Poyet wants goals from front-three

Gus Poyet has urged Connor Wickham, Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore to start hitting the back of the net more regularly.

The Sunderland boss wants his three striking options to start showing a ruthless streak or risk losing their place in the starting line-up.

“I’m going to challenge the three strikers to score goals, without being selfish,” Poyet said. “The message is, if you score goals, then it’s you who will play.

“We will try to help them in a few things, we will work hard on that, and then it’s up to them.”

Santiago Vergini delighted to be starting

Sunderland summer recruit Santiago Vergini says that he is delighted to has come straight into the starting line-up.

Vergini was brought to the club over the summer on a permanent basis after impressing on loan last season and he says that he is enjoying his time on Wearside.

“I feel very comfortable here at Sunderland,” he said. “I am delighted to be part of this squad and to have the opportunity to be part of the starting XI is something I am even more pleased about.”

Ryan Brobbel to stay at Hartlepool

Hartlepool will announce an extension to Middlesbrough midfielder Ryan Brobbel’s loan spell at the club.

Brobbel initially was only set to spend a month at Victoria Park, but he could stay for longer now he has impressed during his initial spell.

Hartlepool are set to extend his loan for another month and they will be hoping Brobbel continues his impressive form.

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