There were some top performances in that second half yesterday from Newcastle players.
Cheick Tiote – top player for Newcastle United
And three of the top players were Barton, Enrique and Tiote, and it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants them all signed up to new long term deals on Tyneside.
The rumor is that Joey may sign his new deal this coming week, and if he does, that will help with the momentum of signing up the other two players.
Jose Enrique has apparently said he will sign a new deal, but only when Newcastle are safe from relegation, and we probably need 11 points from our remaining 13 games to achieve that – 42 points.
Looks like Jose doesn’t want to go through another nightmare on Tyneside, if the club get relegated – and neither do the Newcastle fans – that’s for sure.
We couldn’t take another relegation, not after only two years since the last one – we want it to be exactly that – the last one.
Alan Pardew is clear he’s got some contract work to complete at the club, as he told the Sunday Sun today:
“I’ve got contracts to renew within 18 months – Joey Barton, Enrique. So if I didn’t have the Andy Carroll money, could I do that?
“It is about taking a balanced view. But I want players who want to play for Newcastle United – that is what is I want.”
Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote were simply magnificent for Newcastle yesterday, and Spanish star Jose Enrique is still improving, difficult though that may be to believe.
We’d love to see all three sign new contracts, but of course that does not guarantee them being at Newcastle next season.
If another mammoth bid comes in for one of them – that’s likely to be from Chelsea for Cheick.