While Newcastle will have to bring in a central defender next month, they are still open to one of the big clubs coming in for one of their players, even at the last moment.
Cheick Tiote – a reported Chelsea target
That’s what happened last year with Andy Carroll, and Alan Pardew has admitted that the same thing could happen this January, and there’s not much Newcastle can do about that.
With the game at Liverpool tomorrow, it is reviving memories of Andy leaving in a whirlwind of activity last January 31st, and as it turned out, we nearly lost Cheick Tiote to Chelsea on that same day.
This is what Alan said about the transfer market:
“Our options are open on a defender and you cannot shut the door on any market in this football world. “
“As much as you can say you do not want last-minute business, you are still vulnerable to a sovereign state coming in and giving you an oil well. I am never going to say never.”
“The point we are saying is if you are wanting to business with us then give us a chance. That does not mean they will do that.”
“They will think they can gain a better deal at the last minute. So you are just vulnerable to this window. Every Premier League manager is, apart from Roberto Mancini.”
The player we are being told could leave next month is Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, with Chelsea being the club who may come in with a big offer fro him.
But Yohan Cabaye has also been in top form this season, and will have caught the eye of one or two top clubs no doubt, and of course there’s always Demba Ba.
The Senegal striker is second top scorer in the Premier League with 14 goals in 19 appearances for Newcastle, and only two goals behind goal scoring leader Robin van Persie of Arsenal.
Since Newcastle got him on a free transfer in the summer, they could make a handy profit on him in six months, if he went for a decent price next month.
Both Tiote and Ba will be off at the African Cup of Nations on January 31st, so we have to hope that could interfere with any possible deal.
There’s been absolutely no reports about Ba leaving Newcastle, so I don’t want anybody reading this to choke on their food this morning.
And it’s true the 26 year-old seems to love it on Tyneside, but we know there’s always the possibility of him leaving, and it could again be a nervous time for Newcastle fans next month.
But at some time Newcastle must start keeping their best players, because the club will make more money by becoming a good side and play regularly in Europe.
That’s a reminder to owner Mike Ashley.
We hope that’s what will happen in the future, but whether Newcastle have reached that point – where it’s more important to keep our best players than to cash in on them – we have no idea.
We have to hope that Newcastle lose none of their top player next month, but if they do surely they will bring in replacements, and not be in the embarrassing position we were on February 1st.
Newcastle found themselves on February 1st, not only short of Andy Carroll, who was our top striker and leading goalscorer – but we didn’t replace him.
Newcastle must learn from their mistakes, so that kind of thing cannot possibly happen again.