Scott Parker has told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, as quoted by The Chronicle, that he thinks Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback offer discipline to the Newcastle team.
The Magpies have unsurprisingly hit a strong run of form under new manager Rafael Benitez, and are now four games unbeaten after Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Andros Townsend's superb free kick means that Newcastle now sit one point clear of the relegation zone, and their eight points from a possible 12 have put Newcastle right in contention to stay up.
Manager Benitez has been earning praise for the way he has turned a previously chaotic Newcastle side into a well-drilled, solid unit in no time at all, and two players have been lauded for their role in that change.
Midfielders Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback have both hit some form of late, offering great energy and tenacity in the middle of the park, whilst allowing the likes of Townsend and Moussa Sissoko to drive forward and create in the final third.
Now, former Newcastle and current Fulham midfielder Scott Parker has been speaking to Sky Sports' Monday Night Football about the Magpies, and as quoted by The Chronicle, he suggested that Tiote and Colback are so disciplined that they give Newcastle structure to win games.
Parker also commented on the St. James' Park crowd, suggesting that the fans are crucial, but can sometimes drive their own players to make mistakes due to their passion - but thinks Tiote and Colback have been calming influences in midfield of late.
"Tiote and Colback give Newcastle a base to go and win the game," said Parker. "When I was at Newcastle the one thing which is crucial is the fans. The fans sometimes are so passionate that they can drive a team on to do the wrong thing, crazy as that sounds. These two (Colback and Tiote) are so disciplined. It’s given them a base and structure to go and win games," he added.
What have you thought of Tiote and Colback's recent performances?