In the strange and disappointing goings on last Monday night as the summer transfer window came to an end, we lost Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa on loan to Roma and Hull City respectively, but we forgot about another player who could have left us in this summer’s transfer window.
Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season
There were rumors throughout the summer that Cheick Tiote could leave us, and one of the clubs set to be interested in the player was Arsenal,
And then in mid-August Newcastle slapped a £14M transfer fee on the Ivorian’s head, after there had been consistent rumors that Arsenal were willing to bid £8M to get the combative midfielder to the Emirates.
Cheick has been injured most of pre-season with a hamstring problem, and he played only once at Sheffield Wednesday in pre-season, but he could well be fit for our next important game at Southampton a week tomorrow.
It’s (very) important for Newcastle and Alan Pardew that we take something out of the game, and Cheick, while not always playing brilliantly over the last two season or so, is nevertheless still one of our better players and can do a good job for us this season.
His performance against Manchester City in January in the 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, when he had that sensational goal disallowed, is one of the best displays Cheick had had for Newcastle in his four years at the club.
Since Cheick didn’t leave us in the summer we suppose no club came in with a £14M offer – otherwise he would have been on his way, whether we could have brought in a replacement before the end of the window or not.
So it was probably more about luck than good management.
That’s the way Newcastle seem to operate these days – it’s all about money – but to the detriment of the team.
In any case, it’s good news we still have Cheick Tiote with us.
What do you think?
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