'Come on Cheikh, let's get you back to your best' - Pardew challenges Tiote to come back fighting for Newcastle

The Ivorian returns from a three-game domestic ban against Swansea on Saturday and his boss believes the midfielder can be the catalyst to help the North East club climb the table
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has claimed that the return of Cheikh Tiote against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon following his three-match ban will give the Magpies' season a much-needed kick start.

The Ivorian received the suspension after being shown a straight red card during the his team's derby draw with Sunderland, and Newcastle have stuttered into 10th position with 14 points from 11 Premier League games.

With added Europa League fixtures and key players struggling for form, it has been a rocky start for the Tyneside outfit - but Pardew can see light at the end of the tunnel with the return of the combative midfielder.

"[Tiote] is a massive player for us," he told reporters. "His best form will come from more games.

"Cheikh's season starts this weekend, until January 4 when he goes away for the African Cup of Nations."

Pardew feels the 26-year-old will need a number of games in order to hit top form, which is exactly what he intends to give him.

"It's just about giving him games, getting him back to his best," he added. "He loves to train but he really loves to play.

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"We might play him in three of four games coming up. He has to free himself up. The sending off in the derby is going to affect him."

Tiote has attracted the overtures of Manchester United and Arsenal in the past and Pardew feels he can help guide the Ivory Coast man back to his best.

"My chat will be to say 'come on Cheikh, let's get you back to your best.' He will pick up bookings, that's what he does, but we need him to control the silly tackles. Slightly mistimed tackles are what we can handle."