Alan Pardew wants to keep Cheick Tiote at Newcastle, but he also wanted to keep Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye at the club, until offers came in that matched owner Mike Ashley’s valuation of those players and they were sold rather quickly – whatever Alan thought.
Cheick Tiote – in action last season
And the Newcastle manager is at least that much wiser this summer, and even said as much today when he was talking about wanting to keep Cheick Tiote at Newcastle:
“He’s just a great player, he’s just a top player. Top players demand top fees if they are going to move, but at the moment, that isn’t the case.¨
“He is our player and we are looking forward to fitting him into the team.¨ “He is very much under contract with us and I am looking forward to seeing him running around in our fabulous new shirt for our fans because I love the way he plays.¨
¨I love his mentality to the game and I look forward to seeing him this week, hopefully.” “I am never confident in this position at this football club because I have had the experience of Andy Carroll.”
Some of those words are meant for Tiote himself, who will miss Saturday’s Premier League game at Aston Villa because of his hamstring injury, and we suppose it’s possible he’s already played his last game for Newcastle if a significant bid does come in for him before September 2nd.
But if that happens we cannot help but think that it will again negatively impact team morale and team spirirt, and for once Mike Ashley should think of the squad at Newcastle rather than look at everything through the eyes of a banker – where money is all important.
What do you think?
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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