Cheick Tiote played his first game for Newcastle since the Magpies’ 1-0 win at St. James’ Park back in October against Wigan.
Cheick Tiote – glad to be back
And it was nearly Newcastle’s first win since we beat Everton back on November 5th, with Newcastle dominating the game for long stretches, but failing to get the goals against Swansea, that would have delivered all 3 points.
But it was good for Newcastle in that they got their 5th clean sheet of the season, and again looked a solid team, especially at the back, after both Cheick and captain Fab Coloccini were able to return to the side.
Coloccini only missed one game, but he was missed big time last weekend at Norwich, with Newcastle conceding four goals in going down 4-2 at Carrow Road.
It was good to see Tiote back yesterday, and he was pleased to be back too:
“Yes it’s good to be back because I haven’t played for a long time,” “I was happy today to play. It was good.” “You have to get back into the game straight away.”
“You cannot wait to get into the game.” “I needed to work for the team and for my midfield partner Yohan Cabaye, because it has been a long time since I have been alongside him.”
“We played well today and I thought we deserved to win,” “But football is not fair all the time, because we didn’t win.”
“We created so many chances and were unlucky not to score a goal. That is football, and on another day we could have scored three or four.”
“We have one point, not three, but we are now only thinking about West Brom. We need to move on now and just think about the next game on Wednesday.”
Tiote is bring linked with a number of clubs for a possible January transfer, with Chelsea seemingly his biggest suitors.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked, and Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish was linked with him in the Sunday Mirror today.
Cheick has said before that he doesn’t want to play in London, and we wonder if the news has seen him talk to Pardew about what may happen next month.
Certainly he’s such a big player for Newcastle now, that it will take big money to have him transferred out of Newcastle.
At some point Newcastle’s financial condition should be good enough that we don’t need to sell our best players, but rather Newcastle will need to build a good team so that the lads can get back into Europe and build the revenues of the club by that means.
There’s nothing that generates money like success on the playing field.
We’re nearly at that point, but not yet, so we believe if a daft offer is made for the Ivorian, like form Liverpool as one example, Mike Ashley may sell him.