Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote has spoken about team mate Papiss Cisse, following the striker's ongoing saga regarding the club's new shirt sponsors.
Cisse initially stated that he would refuse to wear the team's new kit, but after negotiations involving both Newcastle and the PFA, he has now agreed to wear the 'Wonga'-imprinted strip.
And the forward's performance against St Mirren oozed class, and was topped by a top-corner finish across the goalkeeper.
The midfielder is a fellow Muslim, so is obviously sympathetic with his colleagues qualms about advertising a money lending business. But he has expressed his relief at the fact that the whole debacle seems to be behind everyone now.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Tiote revealed: “I think it’s a good thing for everybody - the fans, the players and the club. It’s good to see Papiss back and scoring a goal."
Last season wasn't as rewarding as Cisse's maiden Premier League campaign in which he set the top flight alight, and this recent incident could have served as another setback to prevent him regaining his best form.
“It wasn’t good for him to be in this situation. It’s finished now, and he can focus on his football on the pitch and do his work. That’s the best thing for him - scoring goals. It’s good for the team and for everybody,” added the Ivory Coast International.
This summer has seen Newcastle pursue a number of high-profile forwards, and as yet they haven't found a replacement for Demba Ba, who left last January.
If Cisse can return to regularly scoring for fun, then that would take a great weight off of Alan Pardew's shoulders, whilst the manager looks to emulate the success he experienced by taking the club to a fifth-place finish in the 2011/12 season.
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