Tiote played a big role in Newcastle's victory at Old Trafford..

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Cheick Tiote

Probably the player on this list who offers the least offensively to his team but this should not be held against the Ivory Coast and Newcastle star.

Tiote is blessed with terrific stamina which allows him to cover every blade of grass and dominate the centre of the park for his team. The caveat to this is that at times he doesn't seem  seem to be willing to put in the requisite effort to do this.

Still, when he's up for it Tiote is capable of almost completely blunting an oppositions attacks, see, for example, Newcastle's victory at Old Trafford this season.

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