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While the Ivory Coast international admits that he has work to do after a poor 2012-13, Magpies manager Alan Pardew is confident that his midfielder can recover

Newcastle midfielder Cheikh Tiote admits that he needs to consider how to improve after a poor 2012-13 season.

The Magpies star failed to live up to the bar set by his debut campaign, having drawn transfer links to elite clubs when he first burst onto the scene at St James' Park, with the Toon scraping only a 16th-place finish in the Premier League despite qualifying for the Europa League in 2011-12.

"It wasn't a top, top season for me but that's football," Tiote told the Shields Gazette. "It's important to think about yourself when you finish the season. You have to think why it didn't go so well. That's normal."

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Manager Alan Pardew is confident, however, that the former FC Twente star has it within himself to return to his previous level of performance.

"All players have disappointing seasons," he remarked. "Unfortunately for us, Cheikh's coincided with us having a disappointing season as well, which probably didn't help him.

"He had such a fantastic season the year before. You don't become a bad player overnight. It's about confidence and getting him back to where he was. He's a fantastic character around this building."

Tiote's dip in form may have benefited Newcastle in the long run, argues Pardew, as it dissuaged interest from clubs higher up the table.

"If he'd had another year like he did when we finished fifth, he probably would be gone," the Magpies boss observed, "so who knows? That might work in our favour this year, given the fact he's still here."

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