Cheick Tiote sheds light on his current situation at Newcastle United

The powerful midfielder is fully committed to the Magpies' cause.

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has reaffirmed his commitment to the club amid speculation about his long-term future.

Injuries have prevented the Ivorian from making much of a contribution this season, but he is now back to full fitness and is determined to help the Magpies out of their sticky situation.

“I just want to play,” said Tiote, in quotes published by the Shields Gazette.

“I had my injury, and now I’m back. I will continue playing. Everyone wants to play, and that’s the only thing I want to do. I want to do my job on the pitch.”

The midfield powerhouse has seen his stock fall in recent years after once being considered among the best in his position, in the Premier League, and the jury is out as to whether he can reach those heights again.

His return to Steve McClaren’s starting line-up will not be easy – with the likes of Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and Geoginio Wijnaldum all vying for starts – but he will be a valuable addition to the Magpies squad should he manage to recapture his best form.

The 29-year old is the most naturally defensive-minded of the Newcastle midfield options and would provide welcome balance in what has become an increasingly gung-ho team.

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