Cheick Tiote has no plans at all to be leaving Newcastle United any time soon, and certainly not next month.
Cheick Tiote in action at Bolton on Monday
Of course a year ago we heard the very same thing from Andy Carroll, but when Liverpool came in with a silly offer of 35M, he was on his way to Merseyside pretty quickly.
And we expect if a big offer came in for Cheick next month, he would also be on his way, but we think it would take £25M for Newcastle to sell, and we don’t think a bid of that size will come in, unless Chelsea are more desperate than we think.
Tiote is also a potential target of Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham, but they only bid £20M (that’s peanuts) for Carroll last January, so a big bid for Tiote is unlikely.
But of course there’s always Liverpool, who seem to have more money than they have sense.
So we suppose they could come in with a huge bid, but they will now be once bitten, twice shy, after buying Andy for big money last January and the Gateshead lad has only scored 5 goals for them this year.
Indeed Liverpool are after another striker, so they can score more goals, since they have only 21 goals so far this season, four less goals than Newcastle have scored.
Can we hope for another clean sheet for Newcastle on Friday?
Cheick Tiote has talked again about wanting to stay on Tyneside:
“People can say whatever they want to say about me, but I’m a professional footballer, and I play for Newcastle,”
“I’m not thinking of leaving in January – I’m very happy playing for this club.” “That’s my job, and I need to work hard for the team and the club.”
“I have to focus on my job for Newcastle – that’s what I have to do. Whatever’s been said about me isn’t a distraction.”
Tiote looked more like his old self on Monday afternoon at Bolton, as he teamed up against with Cabaye, and they both have been star men for Newcastle this season.
Cheick will be almost match fit now, and we hope for a good display from him at Liverpool, who apparently watched him on Monday and will of course be watching him at Anfield.
If Tiote has a great game on Friday then maybe that will tempt Liverpool to make another stupid offer, like the one they successfully made for Andy Carroll.
“I wasn’t playing for a long time, and I’m happy to be back to help the team move forward,”
“It was very difficult for me, because I like to play and do my job. In football, when you get injured, you need to be strong mentally and work hard to come back. That’s what I did.”
“We played as a team, and that’s why we got this result.” “It was a hard game. Bolton don’t have a good position in the league, and they were doing everything to win the game.”
“We stayed strong together and compact as a team. When Ben Arfa came on he did a good job for the team, and scored the first goal. It was a good moment for us.”
“Demba’s job’s a striker – he has to score every game! I’m happy for him and the team also, because everyone did a good job.”
Newcastle will now be full of confidence for our next game at Anfield on Friday night.
If we can manage to win that game we would go up to 6th place in the league, two points above Liverpool.