Newcastle Preparing To Sell Top Midfielder In January?

We haven’t heard too much of Cheick Tiote recently, and he’s been out of the side now for a number of weeks, and last played for us when he played the full 90 minutes at both Stoke and at Swansea.

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Cheick Tiote in action at Stoke

But he picked up an injury while warming up for the Leicester game, and he hasn’t been in the squad since then, when Newcastle have won all four games.

Vurnon Anita came in to deputize against Leicester and then at Tottenham, but didn’t do too well, and the big news in the last couple of games is that 22 year-old  Mehdi Abeid has come in and performed very well for the Magpies.

And we expect Mehdi to be capped soon by Algeria, although that could mean we will lose him in January and some of February, with the African Cup of Nations taking place in Morocco.

We could also lose Cheick and Papiss Cisse for that time too.

But it’s strange that Cheick’s name has never even been mentioned in the last few press conferences, so we wonder how badly injured he is, and if the club are getting ready to sell him in January.

The 48 times capped Ivory Coast International did say he thought it may be time to leave Newcastle in the summer, and Alan Pardew admitted the player was unsettled and both Arsenal and Liverpool were linked with an interest in signing the player.

So maybe Alan Pardew can give an update on Cheick’s situation at the press conference for the game at West Brom.

January is always a bad time to sell one of our best players – as we found out last year with Cheick Tiote.

But it could be the second January in a  row that we lose a top midfielder half way through the season.

That would not be good.

What do you think?

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12 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    We had two Tiote’s ed?

    Still think he’d be a massive loss if we sell in January with the added downside of probably not replacing him too.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    tiote still a huge part of the team imo well worth a first team place along with sissoko/siem/abied/colback ! we need to keep all these but the rest can go imo i.e. anita.

    tiote has looked very good attack wise also (his shooting is very poor mind) but his all round game has improved much like sissoko/colback and abied who are complete midfielders and not just holding now.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope he stays, he’s been a legend and very loyal over the years. If he wants to go and we do sell him, then I think we should hold back on finding a replacement and give Abeid the shirt to the end of the season. If he’s not up to the job then we can look elsewhere. But if we don’t give young players a proper run, we’ll be forever complaining that no talent comes through.

  • SpaceGhost

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    loan in Cabaye. He’s useless for the top teams with Champs League bcoz he’s cup tied anyways. Solve our problem with the lads off to ACON or if we sell Tiote in January. He knows the club 7 the players already. He will hit the ground running.

    I know its not happening but if did, all is forgiven with Cabs & the past.

    On the striker front, I say we get Joe Campbell from Arsenal on loan with option to buy. He’s young, He’s fast. He knows where the net is. He’s played in the World Cup n have goals in him

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I was told in the summer by one of the squad players at Newcastle the
    reason why Tiote wants to leave /would like to leave is that he is 28 I think, and reckons he only has two or three years left at the top.
    And as he sends most of his wages back to his family and friends in the Ivory Coast he would like to contribute more to their upbringing before his career finishes.

  • AndyMac

    Nov 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    “And as he sends most of his wages back to his family and friends in the Ivory Coast he would like to contribute more to their upbringing before his career finishes”

    Then there’s the wives and mistresses to take care of plus their children !!! The boy better get off to Real Madrid or Barca asap 🙂

  • goommy

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope we can get big value if he decide to move out.

  • ToonMatt

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley will be looking at ways to upset the fans and disrupt the squad like he has done in the past IE Kinnear and selling players and pocketing the cash? So I can see players being sold, Ashley hates it when things start going well.

  • Ian Magpie

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    The only way we will buy any players in January is if Ashley sells one or two players. Its a patern that has been ongoing for ages now and it wont be any different next transfer window. If we dont sell and are in a midtable possition………….nothing! Dont get your hopes built up!!! Tiote sold and Van Dyke at CH and Doumbia up front! Would any of you take that???

  • Ian Magpie

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    We have Abeid, Colback and Anita so I can see the lad gone! Nice little earner for Ashley with a 10 million plus profit………..!

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Absolutely certain Cheik’ll be sold off – after all, Ashley wouldn’t be happy to have a squad that’s strong enough to get us into and compete in say a Euro competition would he. Neither would Pardew I’d guess – it could really expose his weaknesses!


    Nov 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #12

    The bottom line is selling him severely weakens our squad. Abeid has played two decent games and all of a sudden people are saying we don’t need Tiote! Have a word. I suspect he’ll go but the money won’t go into a replacement it’ll be diverted to a striker and cb which we needed already…


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