We suppose we’ll have the same stuff going on in the transfer window this summer, and we could possibly lose some of our best players.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Wolves
But we don’t think one of them will be Cheick Tiote, since this lad is very happy on Tyneside, and he has come out today and said he is already at a big club – Newcastle United.
Cheick has done great in football, and a year ago he signed a bumper deal to stay at Newcastle until the summer of 2017, and we think the lad is here for the long haul.
Cheick has continually been linked with Chelsea, and yes, each Newcastle player has their price under Mike Ashley.
But we think the Newcastle owner will demand ridiculous transfer fees for his top players, now that club have their financial matters under control.
It is expected they will even be in the black for the last financial year, when the results are announced today, and that’s the first time since Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.
But if a club who likes to spend big money – like Liverpool as a good example – comes along and bids a ridiculous fee for one of our top players, like Liverpool did with Andy Carroll – Newcastle will again have to take their money – in cool cash and not in installments as is usually the case.
But we think that’s very doubtful these days, especially with the new UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules coming into effect over the next few seasons.
Cheick has today talked to the local press and has this to say about Newcastle:
“I’m already at a big club.” Newcastle is a big club and we have good players in the squad.” “Even when I was away at the African Cup of Nations knew that we were in good hands. OK, we lost to Tottenham and Fulham but we won other games and we are still sixth.”
“When I was in Africa as a youngster I didn’t think it was going to be like this.” “I see myself long-term as a Premier League player.” “I always wanted to play here because it’s the best league in the world.”
“For me there is a big difference, it isn’t like the Dutch League, the Premier League isn’t always about tactics and technical ability, it is about battling too.” “Physically it can be hard, if you don’t run enough and work hard enough you can lose a game.
“So the Premier League is very different.” “It did take a little time for me but I was ready to come to England.” “When I was an FC Twente player I was watching Premier League games a lot.” “I knew it wasn’t an easy competition so I had to be ready.”
“We are confident that we can make Europe.” “If we work hard we can finish fifth or sixth but fourth is hard.” “I am happy with the way my career is progressing.”
The 25 year-old former Anderlecht and FC Twente midfielder is a big favorite with the Newcastle fans, and we expect the 29 times capped Ivory Coast International to start hitting his top form in a game or two, as he gets acclimatized again to the Premier League.
He has only played a couple of games since helping the Ivory Coast reach the final of the African Cup of Nations in February, when they were beaten on penalties 8-7 by Zambia, after extra time .
And Cheick still supports his five brothers and three sisters back in the Ivory Coast, with the wages he gets at Newcastle.
Good on him.