Cheick Tiote is a real hero on Tyneside, after his phenomenal form this season for the Magpies.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring sensational goal Saturday
And after his phenomenal equalizer at St. James’ Park last Saturday, we look forward to hearing the chant of “Boom Boom – Cheick Cheick – Boom” in future Newcastle games. 😀
Manchester United and Chelsea are two top clubs said to be monitoring the midfielder, before the summer transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international, who played the full game last night in his country’s 1-0 win over Mail in France, and came through uninjured, says he is only focused on being a success on Tyneside.
That’s really good to hear.
And the 5’11” midfielder was asked the rather loaded question, if he wanted to stay at Newcastle for a long time:
“I hope so.” “We have to work together if we want to go forward. We have to work as a team – it’s not only about one player.”
“I think Newcastle have many good players, and if we work together, it will be a good future.”
“Before I was in Holland, and I was happy to play in the English league. I was waiting for the opportunity, and it was ready.”
“I am trying to prove to everyone what I can do. I’m happy. I’m enjoying it at Newcastle, and I have to keep working.”
Of course a certain Andy Carroll kept saying he never wanted to leave his home town club, where he was living the dream, wearing the famous number 9 shirt, that had been worn earlier by Newcastle legends Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer.
Two absolute local legends in Newcastle United’s very famous history.
And we all know Andy Carroll is not at Newcastle anymore, but earning three times the wages at Liverpool, that he was getting on Tyneside.
And it seems that Andy didn’t want to stay at Newcastle, unless he got a huge wage rise – and that’s OK with us – so be it.
The famous Newcastle United Football club will survive Andy Carroll leaving.
It’s no longer the player’s wishes where he ends up of course, and we all know if an offer big enough comes in for Tiote over the summer, Mike Ashley will sell the Ivorian, even if it’s on August 31st.
That’s the brutal truth of football in today’s world – and we all know it.
Or else Cheick could be tapped up with a huge wage offer, which will turn his head, as it seems to have done with Carroll. Or shouldn’t we be saying that, because that is of course illegal.
We’re not sure what transfer figure would tempt Mike Ashley, but it’s got to be above the £15M currently being quoted – maybe £25M would tilt the balance?
That would be a £22M profit in less than 12 months for the beloved Tiote – – and that would seem like manna from heaven for a businessman like Mr. Ashley.
It would make the £8M in 10 months we made from Frenchman Seb Bassong look like peanuts.
We repeat Alan Pardew’s wise words:
“If we keep selling our very best players, when will we ever have a good team?”