Tiote returned to the club last week after missing five games on African Nations Cup duty to find the squad strengthened by a number of new French signings.
Tiote told Newcastle's official website: "The squad has changed since I have been away and it was good for us to sign some new players because now we have much more strength in the squad and more balance as well."
Tiote had to settle for a place on the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday and added: "I cannot just come straight back in. The team have been doing well while I was away and got a couple of really good wins.
"All that matters is the team, not who is playing. If we are winning games then you cannot expect to just come back and play from the start."
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