Newcastle fans will be bracing themselves for a January where we may lose one of out best players – and this time it could be Cheick Tiote.
Cheick Tiote – at Villa Park
What is clear is that neither Alan Pardew nor Cheick himself wants to leave Newcastle, but Alan doesn’t make those kinds of decisions at Newcastle, and it’s Mike Ashley who does that, along with his Managing Director Derek LLmabaos.
And it’s clear that Pardew, an intelligent guy and well spoken, has learned of his mistake last January, when he told everybody who would listen to him that Andy Carroll would not be sold.
That damaged Alan’s credibility with the Newcastle supporters in only his second month on Tyneside, but it’s clear Alan was genuine when he was saying Carroll would not leave.
And we’re fairly sure what was being at the time behind closed doors was Mike Ashley telling him it would take silly money to move Carroll.
Enter Liverpool FC, who were willing to pay silly money and with the help of the new American owners and new manager Kenny Dalglish, they finally bid £35M in cool cash.
And Mike sold, but in retrospect it was a good deal for Newcastle, because Carroll is not the player at Liverpool that he was at Newcastle, and has since been excluded form the England squad..
Andy scored 25 goals together in the Championship and the Premier League last year for the Magpies, and this year he has a measly four goals for Liverpool.
And maybe that deal will even deter others from overpaying in the January window, which could even help us keep Tiote.
Pardew felt bad about the Carroll affair, and he was just as upset when Ashley and LLambias failed to bring in another striker on August 31st, but he is learning from his mistakes.
While he doesn’t want to lose Cheick in January, and doesn’t even think he will go, Alan is more savvy by saying in yesterday’s press conference, that it will take silly money to get the Ivory Coast International.
Cheick is quite happy at Newcastle too, which is one reason why Tiote has signed a deal that keeps him at Newcastle until the summer of 2017, and he a popular guy with both players and fans alike.
Tiote tends to be shy, and doesn’t much fancy living in London, and his financial deal is enough to keep his siblings living well back home in the Ivory Coast, with the money he sends back every month.
Cheick is not only a top player who loves it at Newcastle, but he also has a heart of gold – and we could sell him?
Cheick could be a stalwart of the new Newcastle United and we are really hoping he will not be moving anywhere, but Pardew has made it clear to anybody who will listen, that it will take a daft bid to get him.
What do you think?