Alan Pardew tips Cheick Tiote for "big season"

Pardew tips Tiote for
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Alan Pardew tips Cheick Tiote to excel for Newcastle United this season.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has tipped midfielder Cheick Tiote for a "big season" after being in good shape for pre-season.

Pardew said that Tiote did not return in decent fitness last summer but has insisted now that the Ivorian is set for a strong season with the Magpies.

"Cheick looks 10 times better than he did last year, and I absolutely mean that," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.

"He did not come back well last summer, if I am honest. However, he has summered well this time and is in great physical shape.

"It is going to be a big season for Cheick."

Tiote signed for Newcastle from FC Twente in the summer of 2010.

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