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Is Cheick Tiote Being Kept Back To Sell In January?

Alan Pardew has surprisingly come out today and said if Ivorian Cheick Tiote is fit for tomorrow’s game against Swansea, he will start on the bench.

Cheick Tiote – in action against Arsenal this season

Tiote has been out since h picked up a knee injury back on October 22nd in the 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic, but the knee has healed very slowly indeed.

However, it does seem that Cheick will be fit to play tomorrow, but it looks like he will not start even if he does pass a fitness test.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the Ivory Coast International today:

“If Cheick is fit, then the likelihood is that he’ll be on the bench.” “If I need him I will use him, if I don’t – I don’t.”

“Hopefully we won’t need him.” “They are both training.” “If you are looking at Colo, he is 50-50 and if you are looking at Cheick he is 70-30 against.”

“There is still a long way to go to see those two on the team sheet.”

That’s really surprising that Tiote is not fit yet, since when he first injured his knee it was thought to be only a couple of weeks on the sidelines before he was back.

In fact he was only doubtful for the next game, which was the Carling Cup tie against Blackburn on the following Wednesday, 26th October, when Abeid came in to deputize, and played very well.

And of course those in the conspiracy game  will say that Newcastle are keeping him wrapped in cotton wool,  so that the club can sell him to Chelsea or Manchester United in a couple of weeks time, to the highest bidder

And certainly if he is sold to  one of those top clubs, there will be some validity in those claims, whatever the official line is from the club.

And with Tiote, Guthrie and Gosling not starting tomorrow, only Yohan Cabaye is a first choice in Newcastle’s central midfield.

And it appears the other midfield position is between Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and veteran Alan Smith,  with the 19 year-old Frenchman probably the favorite to start.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

 “That’s a problem.”  “We have no Guthrie or Gosling, we have to make sure that midfield area is right.” “I think we have been a little bit looser.”

“Certainly at Norwich, they got more crosses in possession outside of our back four, than I would have liked.”

“I think it’s important that whoever I choose to play in there that we understand, it will be his first full game of the season whether it’s Haris, Alan Smith or Mehdi Abeid.

“We have to give them as much support as we can and make them feel comfortable in terms of our fans.” “It will be an important role, whoever takes it.”

It will be good to see young Abeid start tomorrow afternoon, if indeed Tiote is ruled out once again.

Mehdi has proved himself an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, coming in on a  free transfer from Lens, and he looks like a future star on Tyneside, as does Slovenian Haris Vuckic.

The two  19 year-olds are  two of the best youngsters in the Newcastle first team squad, but we have to admit to being just a little concerned about why the great Cheick Tiote is taking so long to recover from that knee injury.

We have no proof at all he will be sold in January, and we hope we are completely off base,  that he may be being kept on the sidelines to be sold in January.

Tiote can be a mainstay in the future of this new Newcastle United side, as long as we keep him on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

95 comments so far


    Dec 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    He hasen’t played in how long and he isnt fully fit haha should Pards throw him in straight away?

    Looks like a Abeid/Cabaye partnership too me….I worry for the kid but hey ho least Swans are gentle bunch


    Dec 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I think smith gona start 🙁

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    My one worry is Alan Smith starting. The fans won’t be ‘understanding’ if you play him, AP. We know he’s a liability.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    I think anyone who has a snipe at Shola, should be located and made to buy him a new hat, as punishment – fair?

  • SwedishMagpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Mehdi Abeid !

  • Dearka

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    my team for Swansea

    Ben Arfa

    Sub Rob Sammy Prech Best Smith

    and i still think we should buy gary cahill in jan

  • beefman13

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    please please please alan pardew dont play alan smith, he has absoloutly no future here he costs us a firtune and hasn t scored and apart from a handful of games in the championship he has has been a waste of space, he lost all his bottle to hold the ball after his leg break at man utd, he infuriates me cos the lad was an ex england centre forward and had loads of talent but now he passes the ball to a player and then tells them what to do with it, it is such a wind up, vucic or abeid would start all day for me they are the future not sideball smith.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Kieron Dyer out for the season. Hasn’t he being out since about 2006? The most injury ravaged career ever. Should have called it a day a long time ago.

  • 2_goal_tino

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Miraculously, he won’t even be on the bench. He’ll have the same late fitness test against WBA and Bolton as well.

    I’d be absolutely amazed if Abeid starts ahead of Smith. I would really like it to happen, but it won’t!

    If I could choose I would just play Cabaye as a deep-lying static playmaker and with HBA in front of him with two strikers. Our defence will be weak again and lots depends upon whether Colo will play but I still think they will get one so attack should be the best policy. If we play with an attacking three we will have more options. Ba and one other can be physical and aerial and have built a better relationship than with Benny. But then HBA can be a bit further back, playing between the lines and cause havoc with his direct running. We’ll have options to go direct or on the ground depending upon how the games going.

    Raylor– ———–Guti

    Raylor for Obertan, if we have enough defenders, for a few reasons. 1) More defensively minded than Obertan, which when we’ve got three out and out attackers could be useful. 2) Obertan has been disappointing recently I’m not giving up on him but show him that he has competition and isn’t a guaranteed starter. 3) It’s a busy period coming up, which he is simply not used to- let’s give him a break. Remember he’s played as many games for us in the past few months as he has in his whole time at Man U- he is not used to playing all the time. 4) Raylor’s freekicks- though I’d rather Cabaye had first dibs.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    wouldn’t shock me if Pardew played ryan taylor centre mid if collo or willo play! If both play it’ll be perch in midfield! He’s also got the option of moving Jonas inside and bringing sammy on the left! He’s played jonas centre mid many times with substitions in the second half of games and hes got good work rate! Personally i’d play Abeid, Cabaye can guide him through the game and apparantly hes been dynamite in the reserves and in training!

  • spitfire_

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Is Cheick Tiote Being Kept Back To Sell In January?

    FFS stop with this conspiracy!!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Not everything is a cinspiracy….peiple say it happened with AC…well it didnt cus he didnt play for liverpool for months!

    Pards is probably right, cheik is half the player when hes not match fit.

  • fungus44

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    does the player not have the last word on if he goes,when an offer come in for them ,he has also said he is happy in the toon and does not like london and wants to stay ,even his management team are saying the same as him ,if he wanted to go surely they would have said some thing like he wants to go to a bigger club

  • jayphoto

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    No conspiracy here! If he was fit he’d play! He’s also missed Ivory Coast call ups and i know he considers playing for his country the ultimate honour! Whether he stays or goes in january, he’s injured atm! Pardew played an unfit tiote at the start of the season and he was awful! his game style requires sharpness and endurance! Same last season when he played unfit in the cup against stevenage, got sent off and all his tackles were mistimed!

  • nden85

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    we should be worried about getting completely overrun in midfield, and if smith starts then its game over.

    simmo colo anyonebutperch santon

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #16

    For goddsake Ed haha talk about adding fuel to the fire! There are thousands of Nufc fans worldwide who hang on your every word and your article is “Is Cheick Tiote being kept back to sell in January?” didn’t have you down as the scaremongering type Mr Harrison haha

    And another thing, the whole Smith starting idea was also an article posted by Ed wondering would Smith be starting due to the injuries in midfield and perhaps we need experience in there. Pards hasn’t mentioned this week that Smith will be starting so relax will you! He has said that Abeid has a great chance when Tiote goes to the ACON so my bet is that, with Gosling suspended for 3 games, Abeid will be be given his first Premier League appearance tomorrow.

  • G

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    CT is not being kept back, he still has a large build up of fluid on his knee, which until that goes away, means he will not be able to play to his full capacity. Given his game, the knee is quite important. Let it heal and quit it with the conspiracy rubbish.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #18

    G that’s the first time I’ve heard about the fluid in the knee situation, where did you hear that? Hope it is true so it would finally silence the conspiracy theorists once and for all.

  • planb

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #19

    After watching pardews interview tiotes gone as jessie j sings its all about the money money!

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #20

    If he’s not 100% then it’s a worry for him as he wants to play in the African nations.

    This is why they are holding him back.

  • HarryWorth

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Is Cheick Tiote Being Kept Back To Sell In January?

    Wait a minute. You’ve just written something saying “Evidence that Ashley and Llambias want to build top Newcastle side”.
    Make yer mind up…….

    Mind you, If you still cant or refuse to see that Ashley has your pants around yer ankles, it’s yer own fault.

  • planb

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    The best cure for fluid on the knee is a tap on the foot!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    some people here are clueless what they say thats just utter bull SHITE they think that OBERTAN IS SHITE but when he was people were missing him ya he had some off games but he had some awesome games against BLACKBURN stoke man united and other s i think that OBERTAN IS a vital player for us HA HA HA

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Planb why is he gone? Where do you draw the connection between “it will take silly money to take him from us” to “he’s gone, it’s all about the money” I just don’t see the connection.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Roshan while hidden under all those insults and capital letter may have lay an interesting point of discussion, you have lost any interest from a lot of people to engage with you after slagging people off. I myself like Obertan but I wouldn’t call people who don’t like him clueless.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #26

    The fluid on the knee story is ridiculous all he has to do is get it drained and be on water tablets for a couple weeks av had it meself he would be out for say upto 3 weeks max, Santon had fluid on his knee when he came remember he got it drained.. A personally think its a little more serious than the clubs letting on or even know for tht matter weve never had the best quacks at our club

  • G

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous @ 18. It was .com, as well as the official site the other day when the club allowed him to return to his homeland to see his ‘GP’ (who is apparently a witch-doctor!). The fluid on his knee was not regressing the way it should, so they allowed him some time off (48 hours I believe the official site called it), when he returned home to IC for ‘treatment’.

  • max

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #28

    no way

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Doesn’t Jessie J say “it’s not about the money money”

  • G

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #30

    GeordieToon89 @ 25. I would at least hope that the club doctor would have thought of that, but clearly the treatment you have described is not enough for the condition. AP has a history of waiting until a player is 100% before deploying them, so I don’t even see why people are so suprised by his ommission, regardless of him training or not.

  • beefman13

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #31

    the youngins at newcastle who have played in the past ie carling cup have not ever let us down and we always look good when they play ie vucic ferguson tavernier sammi and abeid i would not hesitate one bit to put any of them in, they are really good kids and part of our future, come on AP take a chance.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #32

    @G thanks for that must have missed it. Well I for one think that the strategy to wait until a player is 100% is the best one to utilise. There is no point putting him in the team when he is only half-fit and then either aggravating the injury or, as has been mentioned before, him putting in a reckless challenge and being suspended. Let’s wait until the Big Man is good and ready to return and in the mean time let’s put some faith in young Mehdi Abeid who will hopefully do the business in his absence!

  • -Tendo-

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #33

    who cares what Jessie J says in her song, this is an NUFC blog not a Shi**y song blog!!

  • G

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Some of the ‘Witch Doctor’ story, copied / pasted from club archive site:

    So the Ivory Coast star was given permission by club owner Mike Ashley to fly back to his homeland to see the shaman.

    The 25-year-old has fluid on his right knee which is causing pain and restricting his movement when twisting and turning. He has ­already missed vital Premier League games against Manchester United, ­Chelsea and leaders Manchester City.

    The injury is taking too long to heal, in Tiote’s opinion. So with ­Ashley’s blessing he flew back to Yamoussoukro, capital of the Ivory Coast, for his bizarre treatment.

    The shaman – wearing a leafy head-dress – performed a ritual ­involving mysterious chanting, singing and prayers so that Tiote’s injury curse would be broken.

    He has not played for Toon since October 22, when his high-flying side beat Wigan 1-0.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Tendo, the reference made sense, GeordieAnt was disproving planb’s reference to the song which said, with regards to Tiote’s transfer, that it was “all about the money” when really the song states the opposite. I don’t really care for the song but the reference was important to the point that was made…

    I’m windin ye up mate 😛

  • -Tendo-

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Haha i understood the point…I just wanted to state how myself, and you now and others probably don’t want to here about her and her awful music/ lyrics ! Ha

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Abeid was pretty awesome the few times ive seen him a reckon he’ll do more than a good job hes a goal scoring midfielder who loves to get stuck in amongst everything, also a cracking right winger loll

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #38

    we all know raylor will play instead of fergie, Smith instead of Abeid and perch instead of Kadar. that’s the way genius pardew thinks. the only youngster who’s had any chance at all is sammi and krul (due to harper’s injuries)

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda fergie isn’t a LB, considering Raylor’s overall performances this season I can see why he is playing Raylor in front of Fergie. I think you’re wrong about Smith and Kadar’s career at Nufc is over, get over it. Oh and the disparaging sarcastic reference of “genius” shouldn’t be sarcastic. The miraculous job that he has done in 12 short months means that the man is a genius.

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Well said ruddy @ 38
    We lose 3 games and people are on pardews back. He’s done a cracking job. I see an exciting game against swansea. A lot of attacking. Hope willo and/or Colo have recovered. We need a bigger cb in there. Santon on the left too please.
    Oh and people leave off obertan. He will get better and has played well overall.
    If smith does play i hope he is his old workhorcs self like in the championship.


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