With Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr scouting for defensive midfielders, the rumors that Cheick Tiote may want to be the next good player to leave Newcastle could be true, and we suppose he could even be allowed to leave in January, if money continues to be more important than the team at Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season
The 28-year-old 48 times capped Ivory Coast International will return to Newcastle today free of any injury, and Alan Pardew talked yesterday of how important Cheick is to the Newcastle side:
“Hopefully he’s okay,” “I wouldn’t have thought Cheick will be ready to start, not after not having a game and then playing two 90-minute games for his country, but he’ll certainly be in the squad if he’s fit, for sure.”
“I think it is important because what Cheick gives us is a winning mentality, and sometimes that over spills a bit in the odd tackle and yellow card here and there, but his focus is to win games and that drive from midfield is probably the strength of this team.”
“We’ve got Jack Colback in there, we’ve got Moussa Sissoko, we’ve got Vurnon and, of course, Cheick.”
We should see Cheick make his first appearance of the season for Newcastle tomorrow at St. Mary’s, and we are hoping for the win.
When you look in the cool light of day at the four games Newcastle have played so far this season, the only sub-par performance was against Crystal Palace last time out in the 3-3 draw.
But that poor performance had a big impact simply because we’ve had two weeks to stew over a game we really should have won.
Maybe we make up for that disappointment tomorrow with a win?
What do you think?
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