CHEIK Tiote captains Newcastle United at Hillborough tonight after reporting back for pre-season training.
The midfielder, given an extended break after going to the World Cup with Ivory Coast, makes his first appearance of the campaign against Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off).
Winger Gabriel Obertan also starts, as do new signings Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini was among the players who didn’t travel to South Yorkshire for the friendly fixture.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Satka, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Haidara; Tiote, Abeid; Obertan, Armstrong, Perez; Riviere. Subs: Alnwick, Streete, Bigirimana, Anita, Vuckic, Gilliead, Quinn, Campbell.