Mot Newcastle fans are hoping can bring in one or two bargains this summer, and we must say the Newcastle scouting staff seems to have done a very decent job since we were relegated.
Cheick Tiote – brilliant for Newcastle last season
And one of Newcastle best signings last summer and one of the best for some time is Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote who is comfortably ahead in our Player of the Season vote.
You can still vote on our home page if you haven’t yet done so.
Alan Pardew has been singing the praises today of our great 24 year-old powerhouse midfielder today:
“I think his record will be better, but he ain’t going to change,”
“We’re all going to be exasperated at some point when he gets a booking or smashes into someone, but we’ll all probably smile about it, because that’s him, and I wouldn’t want to change that.”
“It’s a very, very difficult balancing act, but he’ll get it, he’ll get it.” “I’ve seen it before. Players come into the Premier League and want to prove that they’re big enough and strong enough and tough enough to take it on.”
“It just goes too far a little bit, and I think that happened to Cheick.” “Whenever there was a tough guy on the pitch, I think he seemed to want to make a mark and put his stamp on the game.”
“He hasn’t got to do that, he’s just got to play well. He’s a brilliant player, and a big player for us.” “Missing him was a real, real blow in the last two games.”
“There’s no way West Brom would have scored three goals in the second half with Cheick on the pitch – 100 per cent.”
Alan is right of course because if Cheick had been available those last couple of games, Newcastle would have finished a very good 9th in the Premier League.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing Cheick play a lot more games for Newcastle next season, although he will be missing in January for the African Cup of Nations.
We also think Cheick can get ever better next season – and I often wonder how much he’s worth now – given we paid a measly £3.5M for him from FC Twente last August.
A great piece of business by Chief Scout Graham Carr – let’s give credit where credit is due. 😀