Tiote pleased with debut
Ivorian happy to be playing in Premier League
By Giscard Gourizro. Last Updated: September 20, 2010 2:54pm
Tiote: Delighted with debut
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is happy to be settling into life quickly with his new club after making his debut in their 1-0 win at Everton on Saturday.
In a somewhat surprise result at Goodison Park, Tiote played a huge part in the Magpies' victory, capping what could be a shrewd piece of business by manager Chris Hughton in securing the Ivorian from FC Twente.
The 24-year-old described the feeling as a dream come true, and that playing in one of English football's oldest and most iconic stadiums was a privilege.
"I am settling in the North East very well," said Tiote. "To be honest, I am happy to be here.
"Playing in this league is a dream of any child so I am very happy about that, my debut in one of the great stadium of English football was amazing.
"I am happy with my debut, the refs let the tackles fly in this league and that is one of the strong parts of my game. I can take tackles but I am a good tackler as well."
Tiote also praised his midfield team-mates Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan for their performances and fighting spirit, as well as fellow new recruit Hatem Ben Arfa, who scored a stunning strike to give Newcastle victory.
"With Kevin Nolan and Barton around, our midfield will cherish any battle," he added.
"I am happy with the win; if we play compact like that then Ben Arfa will make all the difference for us.
"He is a top talent, someone you pay to watch, on his day he is unplayable."