Mehdi Abeid has played two excellent games for Newcastle against Manchester City and Liverpool in the last four days, and over the last three games we cannot really say we have missed the injured Cheick Tiote too much.
Cheick Tiote – will we sell him in January?
And there’s news in the Mirror today that the 48 times capped Ivory Coast International is a target of Serie A side Napoli, and a January bid is expected.
The news is that the top Italian side is going to bid £12M for Cheick, although the Magpies (make that Mike Ashley) are thought to rate Tiote at around £16M.
But after our season collapsed last January, after we had sold our other top central midfielder Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M – we wonder if owner Mike Ashley has learned that mid-season is just not the time to sell your best players?
And if Mehdi Abeid continues with his good form, the calculation in Mike’s mind could be that Newcastle can do without Cheick, and that we could again take the money (and run) at the expense of the side.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will resist any move of one of his best players – but it’s not Alan’s decision to make – and Mike Ashley is the only decision maker on transfers on Tyneside.
Cheick has made noises that he wants to leave Newcastle, but there’s just no way we should let Cheick leave in January, and what we should be doing is building up the competition for places in every single position.
If we do that we can have a more than decent side at Newcastle, because we’ve seen in the last three weeks that we have some excellent youngsters coming through at the club.
What do you think?
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