With a swing of his left foot, Cheick Tioté, a Newcastle United cult-hero was

August 2008, the word had already Premier League scouts, a 22-year-old midfielder from the ivory coast, recently signed from FC Twente after an eye-catching season on loan at Roda JC, had something about him. It would be instructional to see, as he is taken to a higher level and a Champions League qualifiers for Steve McClaren’s side against Arsenal provided an early opportunity to find out how fast Cheick Tioté was to learn. The sight of him sticking to Robin van Persie like glue, while Twente, first leg, by the striker in the insignificance of with a tenacious performance, the care in times of little to the limits of the law, lingered for more than a few thoughts and memories would have been shaken enough when the time comes.

Cheick Tioté, the former Newcastle and ivory coast midfielder, dies at the age of 30

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Tioté joined Newcastle, which was attracted by his persistence and undeterred, led by an inconsistency in possession, to falter that some of the applicants, in 2010, and would find the work for McClaren, and again five years later. Both had seen better days, as a 2015-16 season, the fired up was frightening at the Tyneside club, but while McClaren, and hardly mourned, Tioté was one of the few unaffected rode a turbulent interlude with his reputation with the Fans relatively.

Given the revolving door at St James’ Park in the last decade, which says a lot. But it always had a good reason to enjoy the presence of Tioté, a courageous and proactive performers played to the kind of intensity, to not appreciate the fans know, even if things are going well. “I don’t know how to make a lot of noise,” he said a few months after his arrival, he had but non-verbal ways, his point. It helped that, only his 19 appearance for the club already picked up eight yellow cards and one red – he produced the kind of bloom, in the blink of an eye, forms a cult-hero. The left-footed 25-yard volley, tied Arsenal, enemies, he is always in the direction of be warmed, was back to an incredible 4-4 draw perfect, in both execution and timing. The moment folklore was etched immediately in the Premier League, never mind that his club; a bolt from the blue, which never seemed likely, and would only rarely come close to happening.

It would be his only goal for Newcastle, during the recording of bookings up to 14 was at the end of its first season, and discipline and never something that he completely dominated. But that was, like Tioté; it would never compromise, when a ball was there to be won. “Take the side of the game out of Cheick and you don’t get the same player”, his team-mate James perch said, after a costly red card against Sunderland in October 2012. A Tyne-Wear derby is never a reason for the error, but if anyone will forgive such a mistake could it was Tiote. To leave the idea of everything on the field was a thorn in the eye.

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Tioté was not simply a story of unchannelled aggression. Between 2011 and 2013, he and Yohan Cabaye was one of the best League midfield partnerships – an effective mix of vision, courage and tactical intelligence, the vertex point came in a 3-0 victory against Manchester United in January 2012. This was Tioté’s peak, but while Cabaye would move, he stayed at Newcastle, while a train is interrupted by talk of interest from Champions League clubs, particularly Arsenal, he would surely have welcomed. As a Newcastle fortunes waned, its own form and fortune did it too, injuries dogging his last two seasons and to ensure that by the time he moved to Beijing in February, the disappointment at his departure was more sentimental, as directed to its effects on the revived team-promotion campaign.

The accession to a club at the highest level remained to him but Tioté met twice in ivory coast Africa Cup of Nations-winning campaign in 2015. That success means everything, something she had come during his early days in football, starting with the semi‑professional club FC Bibo in his home-town of Yamoussoukro, and refined his qualities, without the help of the right boots up to the age of 15.

“That’s what made me who I am today,” he said of an education that guarantees nothing. Tioté, though, would turn into a player who is guaranteed to every gram he had sweat, as soon as he stepped on a pitch. The frayed edges were there, but for a time he was one of the best; it is a tragedy that the football and the world he inhabited, the go above and beyond, should mourn for him now.