Why Newcastle Should Not Sell This Player

News today that not only have Newcastle raised the fee of Cheick Tiote to £14M – according to the Mirror – but that Alan Pardew is keen to keep the 28 year-old central midfielder at Newcastle.

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Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season

There were differing pieces of news yesterday following the Arsenal bid of £8M on Tuesday,  that Russian club Moscow Lokomotiv had put in a £4M bid some weeks ago, which was immediately turned down by Newcastle, who paid £3.5M for the player four years ago when he joined from FC Twente.

Cheick signed a massive new six year contract a little over six months after joining Newcastle when Chelsea came in for him,  and that contract runs out on June 30th 2017, so he still has three years left on his contract..

Cheick captained Newcastle in Coloccini’s absence last season, and he was officially appointed as a vice captain this summer along with new signing Siem de Jong, and that give shim more responsibility at the club.

But we all know that every single player has their price at Newcastle, as long as Mike Ashley is the owner, so we hope the news is true that we are now asking £14M for the player, because we doubt whether  many clubs would pay that for the defensive midfielder.

And Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the Ivorian, and surely it would be a blow if he is sold in the last 11 days of this transfer window.

If Mike does sell one of our best players, not only will it be difficult to get a replacement in before 2nd September, but he will have once again demonstrated that the team is secondary to money at Newcastle – which he last showed in January when he sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG.

It will damage the morale of the squad  – as it did in January – and that’s something Alan Pardew is trying hard to build up on Tyneside.

Cheick is a good and experienced player for Newcastle, and he seemed confident when he was interviewed in pre-season:

“The squad looks stronger than it was last year,” “The squad looks stronger than it was last year,” “The squad looks stronger than it was last year,”

“Hopefully, we will do well on the pitch this season – better than last season.” “I think the vice-captaincy is good for me, and I hope I will help the team have a good season.”

That doesn’t sound like a player who wants to leave Newcastle.

Maybe in Alan Pardew’s press conference today for the Aston Villa game on Saturday, he will be asked about the status of Cheick.

That will help us all get a better idea of exactly what’s going on, and whether he does want to leave Newcastle, as has been reported in various news outlets.

Cheick is not expected to play at Villa Park, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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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12 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope St.Mary’s Cathedral is bursting at the seams this morning for the funeral of Liam Sweeney.A truly sad day for all, R.I.P. bonnie lad.

  • nut meg

    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    If it means selling Tiote to bring in a top class centre back I’m all for it,don’t really want to do it but CB is a top priority IMHO.

  • firebug666

    Aug 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    SSN Blog

    More on the news that Liverpool are lining up a move for Mario Balotelli and reports emanating from Italy claim the striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, has arrived in England to hold talks with Liverpool officials over a possible deal.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Will Liverpool ever learn

    From one problematic striker to another

    Balotelli is a massive Knobend I can’t stand the pr!ck but Liverpool fans will love him and back him to the hilt if they get him….sad, very sad. How do I know this, I live here lol

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Nut Meg,
    I don’t see why we should need to sell Tiote to buy a top class centre half, we should be doing that anyway other than for the fact that isn’t the NUFC mantra these days.

    To me though, it seems the only sensible way, if we weaken our defensive players, then we should strengthen there. Not bring in an attacking player.

    A player like Grenier would be 3rd/4th priority for me at NUFC right now. We need to fill more important positions before that.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    I just read somewhere the Balotelli deal was off because of some good behaviour clause.

    BBC Gossip page also has them after Falcao on loan.

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    nut meg @ 1 + 2 couldn,t agree more…
    centre back has been a priority for the last few years ……cannot understand why its just come to the fore,,,whether they sell tiote or not (usually one out one in) a big commanding centre back should be first position to strengthen….

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    And if Ashley did accept £14m, even he must realise by now that the price of any player we go for’ll be inflated accordingly.

    What’s the golden rule? Get replacements in long before players are sold!

    Makes sense to me, a mere pauper!

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9


    If Scousehampton are going for Balotelli, it further illustrates that Rogers is like a kid in a sweet shop and they’ve more money than sense if they allow him to squander it.

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    There we have it. Proof of the NUFC brainwashing!

    It’s a bit odd he would say that three times in a row. There is no training going on, just the management team telling them over and over that “the squad looks stronger this year”.

    Free the players minds! Free the players minds! Free the players minds! Uh oh…they got me too….

    On the last thread…It will be one of those things that toon fans remember throughout their lives. RIP to two fans that lost their lives following this team that we all love.

    So nice to see how much support the families have received and from the sound of it, today Liam will get a fitting send off.

  • magicbus

    Aug 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    We should certainly have the money to buy a very decent centrback seeing as all the new players we have bought have come from the last 2 sales, But I dont think it will happen until we move on one of the current defenders or the Controller tells Pards sell again to buy again.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Im glad we have put a 14M price tag on Tiote, there is less chance of selling him.
    Its the same old shit though, having to sell one of our best players to finance the signing of another.
    We are loaded, i dont care what anyone says.
    The debt the club owed the greedy man must surely be paid off with all the Sky money he,s had over the yrs..
    Other clubs are spending money without having to sell players so why the hell cant we?
    And im not just talking of the top 4 or 5 clubs either.
    Swansea, Fulham, QPR, Everton to name just a few,have all spent big money on a player or players.
    Are these clubs bigger and wealthier than us, of course not.
    I dont think we should sell Tiote anyway,i think he will be a very important cog in the machine.
    he is probably the only one who can mix it with the best in the centre of midfield,and on his day he is a class act.
    That is why Arsenal want him Wenger knows that Tiote would be the final piece of the jigsaw,yet WE have him,why sell him ffs.
    Please dont tell me Colback can do the job,he is decent,but does,nt have the same presence as Tiote and is knowhere near as strong as the Ivorian.
    Othe rthan Colback,who else is there to do a similar job/?
    Keep Tiote and spend some of your millions on a good CB Ashley, stop the penny pinching ffs.


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