Cheick Tiote, a former Newcastle and Ivory Coast midfielder, has died subsequent to having collapsed in training with a Chinese side.
Tiote was four months into another profession career at Beijing Enterprises when his death was reported on Monday by his representatives Emanuele Palladino.
The Cote d’Ivoire international spent seven years at the Tyneside club, making 150 appearances including three last season. He joined Chinese second-level side, Beijing Enterprises, in February.
Despite the fact that injuries had incurred on the midfielder amid the last phases of his Newcastle career, confining him to only three appearances this season, Tiote remained an alluring nearness at the club’s training ground until his takeoff for China four months prior.
Born in Cote d’Ivoire, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
He started his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he showed up 86 times and won the Eredivisie title in the 2009-10 season under Steve McClaren. and was a key player in the Newcastle side that completed fifth in 2012 and, in his prime, was viewed as one of the best defensive midfielders in the country.
He scored only one goal for the Magpies, yet it was a standout amongst the most noteworthy in the club’s current history as he smashed in a 30-yard volley to even out against Arsenal in a 4-4 draw at St James’ Park back in February 2011.
His former Newcastle colleagues were devastated to learn of his passing and his former coach Alan Pardew insisted he was good enough to have played for one of Europe’s giants before injury disturbed his career.
“I’m devastated to hear the news about my former player and friend Cheick Tioté,” said Pardew. “From the moment I arrived at Newcastle, he was a wonderful presence around the dressing room and his performances on the field often defied belief.
“There were days when he must have covered every blade of grass on a football field and it didn’t surprise me that clubs like Manchester United were being linked with attempts to sign him.
“None of us will ever forget that incredible day when our Newcastle team came from 4-0 down to draw an unbelievable Premier League game against Arsenal, Cheick’s wonderful late goal is one of the iconic moments in Premier League history.
“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.
“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy is respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”