Cheick Tiote is planning to have his best ever season for Newcastle United.

Tiote is confident of success with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye still very much onboard and geared up for a new campaign.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "We have a strong team and we're all focused on the season.

"We've been building up to the Tottenham game and that continues.

"We have grown in the last two seasons and this time we hope to do bigger and better again."