Newcastle fans may be wondering how many of our best players the club will lose in the summer.
Cheick Tiote – famous photo after scoring fantastic equalizer against Arsenal
If we are to lose any of them, the chances are probably highest that left-back Jose Enrique will want to move on, since we keep hearing news about AC Milan being interested and are even talking with Jose’s agent.
And the local Newcastle press is reporting that privately Newcastle have given up on trying to keep Jose on Tyneside. We don’t want to lose Jose, but if we he does want to move on, then so be it.
We have to think there’s a good chance of Joey Barton staying on Tyneside, and we also half expect Cheick Tiote to be going nowhere in the summer, as this lad seems very happy at Newcastle.
And of course he’s just signed his massive new contract, although we all know that is no barrier to a player leaving the club.
Cheick talked about his new contract today:
“When I signed my new contract my family were very happy for me. They watch me all of the time. Newcastle were the team that gave me a chance to play in England and I am very settled here.”
“I am not surprised they wanted me to sign a long-term deal because I have done well here, had I not done well they would not have wanted to keep me.” “I enjoy it here. The club has good ambitions. I would not have signed if I did not think the club had a bright future.”
“I am a Newcastle player and I will always do my best for this club. The most important thing is that this club continues to move forward and tries to challenge the top teams in the next few years.”
“That is what I want. Obviously if you want to compete with Chelsea, Man U then you have to strengthen. I know the fans would love this club to get back in to Europe and I would love to do that too, so would all of the players.”
We often think that players like Cheick were born to play at a club like Newcastle, because it’s such a win-win on both sides.
It’s a huge win for Newcastle because the club picked the lad up for peanuts, and he’s becoming a world class player on Tyneside.
And it’s a win for Cheick, because he has overcome rank poverty in his home country, and many other barriers no doubt, to become the big success he is today.
We are proud of this man, and love that he’s playing at Newcastle.