Name: Cheick Tiote
Squad number: 24
Born: 21st June, 1986, Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire
Height: 180cm (5ft 11ins)
Previous clubs: Anderlecht, Roda JC (loan), FC Twente
Signed: August 2010 from FC Twente
Newcastle United debut: 18th September, 2010 v Everton (away), Premier League
Cheick began his career with Ivorian minor league side FC Bibo in his native Yamoussoukro, before being picked up by the Belgians of Anderlecht in 2005, debuting in their first team at the age of 19,
Tiote also appeared for the Brussels-based side in the Champions League before a loan move took him to Dutch side Roda JC for the 2007/08 season. Joining FC Twente in July 2008, he won the Dutch title in 2009/10 under the guidance of Steve McClaren and also featured in the Europa League. Appearing for the Ivory Coast's U23 side, Tiote was called up in March 2009 for senior team game against Malawi, but didn't get off the bench on a night when crushing resulted in several spectator deaths.
His first senior international appearance came three months later against Cameroon in Abidjan, in a friendly game arranged as a fundraiser for the families of those who perished three months earlier.
Tiote appeared in all three of the Ivory Coast's group games at the World Cup Finals in South Africa and also featured for them in a friendly against Italy staged at West Ham's Upton Park on August 10 2010.
Scored his first United goal, a stunning left footed 30 yard volley, to make it 4 - 4 in the dramatic draw with Arsenal at St. James' Park on 5 February 2011.