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.
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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