Is Cheik Tiote the best choice for Chelsea?

Chelsea are prepared to table a £20 million for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, according to the Sunday mirror.

Tiote, 25, who has been a first-team regular under Magpies manager Alan Pardew, has been a transfer target for the Blues since the January transfer windows.

Despite being rejected twice, it is rumoured that Chelsea have made the signing of the Ivory Coast international as a top priority in a bid to shore up their midfield strength to challenge for honours.

Tiote, well-known for being a combative midfielder, will provide much cover in front of the Chelsea defence, which has been under criticism recently after a string of poor performances.

However, is he a good choice for acting as a defensive shield? While it is evident that his qualities lies in his passing ability and physical strength, Tiote is perhaps not exactly the best choice. He may be a regular at Newcastle, but he is definitely a different class from the likes of current Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard. His goal tally is also not entirely attractive, with only 1 goal from 35 games for the Magpies.

Lampard is a strong player who holds the ball well, and is able to dictate play from the middle of the park. He can also score goals from various ranges with pinpoint accuracy, a plus point that Chelsea has benefited from over the years. Perhaps a playermaker similar to Lampard would be a better choice instead?

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  1. Ben says

    I don’t see him as a replacement for Lampard. He plays a different role, he would certainly appear to be better in the makelele role than Mikel is.

  2. Awpa Fanai says

    I prefer Tiote dan pedestrian Mikel anyday…but 4 £20m its too pricy…

  3. Pack Muchi,Zambia says

    Yes,de guy is afraid he plays de same # as romeu,wish he was an attackn midfield 2fil de role of ageing lamp.

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