We put out an article late last night on Manchester City’s interest in signing Cheick Tiote in the summer, and of course it’s not surprising that top clubs could be after Cheick in the summer, because he’s had a good seasons for Newcastle, and he was fanatic against City in the 2-0 defeat at St. James’ Park in January, when he obviously impressed City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Cheick Tiote – Manchester City interested
It’s obvious that Alan Pardew will not – for the second transfer window in succession – want to lose one of his best central midfielders, after Yohan Cabaye left last month.
But Alan has no control of transfers, or very little at best, and both Andy Carroll and Yohan have been sold in January transfer windows and nobody brought in to replace them.
And we surmised in the article that if Manchester City came in with a £25M bid for Cheick on August 31st this year, Newcastle would sell, whether or not we could replace him.
So the thing that’s very obvious at Newcastle right now under Mike Ashley, is that money rules almost everything, and that makes it very difficult to build up a really good side – when money seems to rule everything.
Newcastle can start to build a top side if and when Mike Ashley gets a huge bid in for one of the Newcastle players – something that even meets the Billionaire’s own valuation of the player – and then decides not to sell, because it would hurt (weaken) the team.
There’s no doubt selling Yohan Cabaye last month has hurt the team’s chances in the league this season – nobody would argue with that.
That’s when Newcastle can really build up a good side, and it’s really when the team becomes more important than the money.
Not that we don’t want to balance the books every financial year, but the club have to think a lot more about the strength of the team, than has been done in the last seven years.
Whether that’s ever possible under Mike Ashley we don’t know, but that’s what the top six clubs do in England – and why they have very good sides every season.
It’s also one big reason why Newcastle will never consistently finish in the top six in England, until we start doing that.
What do you think?
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