Tiote: Newcastle need to expand squad

The tough-tackling midfielder urges Mike Ashley to get his chequebook out after Monday's thrashing by Manchester City as injuries and suspensions mount at St James's Park
Cheikh Tiote has urged Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to spend some money on new recruits before the transfer window closes.

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The Magpies lost their opening game of the season 4-0 against Manchester City and suffered further setbacks as Jonas Gutierrez picked up an injury and Steven Taylor was shown a red card.

Alan Pardew's men were without star midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who was subject to a bid from Arsenal just hours before kick-off on Monday, and Tiote feels that his side must act to bolster a struggling squad.

The Ivorian midfielder told the Daily Mirror: "Honestly, I think we need some more players in the squad because we don't have a big squad.

"Now we've got Steven Taylor out for three games and Jonas Gutierrez is injured. It's going to be tough on us because we don't have a big squad. I hope the chairman is going to spend money on the club."

Tiote played 31 matches for the Magpies last season without scoring.