Cheick Tiote is again being linked with Chelsea, who would just love to sign the Ivorian this summer.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Swansea
But while every player has their price at Newcastle, with the club being so healthy financially these days, the prices of Newcastle players will have risen quite a bit since last summer.
Manchester City are also said to be admirers of the Ivorian, but surely they will have to curtail some of their transfer spending this summer, if they are to balance their books after losing £198M in their last financial year through June of last year?
Cheick Tiote is back for the game with Stoke City tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park, after recovering from his hamstring trouble – and Danny Guthrie is also fit again to make the squad for tomorrow’s important game.
Cheick has never wanted to leave Newcastle, and the news in January of last year was that he turned down an opportunity to sign for Chelsea at that time, and he subsequently signed a new six and a half year deal at Newcastle, said to be worth around £50K/week.
Cheick seems to have no thoughts of wanting to leave Newcastle:
“I’m a Newcastle player – my future is at Newcastle.” “I’m playing for Newcastle, and I have to finish this season strongly and help the team get into Europe.”
“If we do that, it will be good for the club and the fans.” “We’re in a great position now.” “We need to finish like this. We have a good opportunity to play in the Champions League – everyone knows we have a possibility to go to Europe.”
“We need to stay focused and play as a team.” “If we do that, we can finish in the top four.” “This is a team. If you don’t play as a team, it’s difficult to achieve anything.” “We need to play as a team and stay compact.”
“If we do that, we can achieve something this season.”
Newcastle went on a five game winning streak in April of 2006, when Glenn Roeder had Newcastle winning six of their last seven games, and the only points lost was a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City, and that was the last time we qualified for the Europa League.
The last time we went on a six game winning streak in the league was way back in the 1995/1996 season under Kevin Keegan, and Newcastle can equal that record with a win tomorrow against the Potters.
Alan Pardew is well aware that his players could be distracted if they lose their focus during the run-in, and all that matters is that Newcastle get all 3 points tomorrow.
And then the lads can prepare for what promises to be challenging game a week tomorrow at a resurgent Wigan.