It’s a sign of the times that Newcastle players are again attracting interest from some of the top clubs.
And in the Sunday Sun today, there is a report that Newcastle may find it hard to hang onto their Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, because Chelsea are registering a serious interest in the player, and have had him watched continuously.
There are three, and maybe four players at Newcastle who are due to get new contracts soon – Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Cheick Tiote, and we also think Andy Carroll will receive a new improved deal from Newcastle.
That’s because any player who is valued at £25M by other clubs deserves to be making even more than the £25K/week Andy got in his last contract, that was signed just a couple of months ago.
Andy continues to look the real deal on Tyneside.
The 24 year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Tiote was brought in from FC Twente last August, and has proved to be a stunning signing by the Newcastle United club for around £3.5M.
But Cheick was delighted to arrive on Tyneside, and so far he’s far played 18 times for the Magpies, with 16 of those in the Premier League.
And he has been quickly embraced by Newcastle’s legendary fans, and of course once we heard he sends money back to his sisters and brothers still in the Ivory Coast, he also captured the hearts of many of us.
Cheick had a tremendous game against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park last year, and of course after the game his famous Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba waxed lyrical about the player, and apparently Chelsea management were extremely impressed with him in that game.
If Cheick keeps up his good form – he is due back from his three match suspension next Saturday for being sent off in the game at Stevenage when the Magpies are at home to Arsenal - he could attract a big fee from Chelsea, and Newcastle will need to be braced for that.
As we said earlier, it’s a sign of the times at Newcastle, that many of our top players are being watched by top clubs, but Newcastle need to become a top team again themselves, and as far as this season goes, so far so good.
With a good run of results over the last 15 league games, Newcastle could even finish in a decent position in the Premier League.
And that will certainly help the Magpies retain some of their top players, and they include a certain Cheick Tiote.