Tiote enjoying Cabaye link-up

Tiote was one of the Magpies’ key performers last season, but the

Ivorian midfielder has endured a slow start to this campaign.

However, he believes his partnership with Cabaye in the centre of

the park is set to flourish after coming on leaps and bounds

against Aston Villa last weekend. The pair were instrumental in

earning the 1-1 draw and Tiote hopes Newcastle fans will now see

his best form once again. “Last week I think we played very well

together. It is good and it is working well,” he told the

Chronicle. “Last season was different with Kevin Nolan, it was a

different style of play. Kevin went forward more and scored goals.

“Yohan is a more technical player and uses a different style. They

are both good players. “But Yohan likes to play with the ball more

– he brings the best out of me. If you are a winning team the most

important area is the midfield.” Newcatsle are fourth in the

Premier League table with nine points from five games, and Tiote is

eying up three points against Blackburn on Saturday. He said: “We

are in a good position and we need to stay in that position. We are

focused on every game and if we win Saturday we will stay in the

top four, which is great. “It’s good at the moment, we need to stay

focused and stay strong together.”