This Is Why Newcastle Could Sell Cheick Tiote This Summer


If Newcastle sell Cheick Tiote in the summer, one reason will be because of the very good form being shown by 22 year-old Algerian Mehdi Abeid, and the good news is that he’s fit again and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the starting eleven at Hull City a week tomorrow.

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Mehdi Abeid – in action at Gillingham

A number of bigger clubs are eyeing Cheick – like Arsenal – but his main weakness is that he always picks up yellow cards and misses games through suspension.

And that’s been true ever since his first season in 2010-2011 when Alan Pardew has to leave him out the last few games of the season to prevent him from picking up another ban.

In his first two seasons on Tyneside, Tiote picked up 25 yellow cards from 50 league games, and he’s also been sent off a couple of times against Stevenage and Sunderland.

Mehdi had a great season on loan at Panathinaikos last season, and he has only played six times for Newcastle this season, and was injured on his first call up for the full Algerian squad in mid November when he came home on crutches after breaking a toe.

Mehdi needs to play more games for Newcastle this season, and since he joined us as a free agent from Lens in 2011 – he’s only played 11 times for the first team – but this season he’s looked a different player and has played extremely well – and we prefer him to Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield.

He can also score goals as he showed in Greece when he scored 10 goals in 38 appearances last season.

Mehdi is now fit again and raring to go and he had this to say yesterday:

“I need to get back in the team now by training every day to be fit for the next couple of games.” “I’m really glad to be back in training – it’s what I need now.”

“It was a long and bad injury. It took really long to recover, but now I’m back and hopefully I’ll get fit as soon as possible for the next games. Now the toe is completely fine, but I need some training and some games to get back 100% fit.”

“I wanted to get back in the team so quickly, as it was a really, really long time to be injured, and to be with the physios every day.” “Now I’m just enjoying my time on the pitch.”

“Of course it was a disappointment to miss the African Cup of Nations.” “I could have done it, but I said to the coach I wasn’t 100 per cent fit.”

“There would have been no point going there and playing at 50 per cent, so I spoke with the coach and he told me to stay here to have some training and get back as soon as possible.”

With Cheick Tiote at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, and Vurnon Anita in poor form at the moment, we expect Mehdi to start the game at Hull City.

Newcastle have taken only 4 points from the last 7 league games and to allay concerns, we really need to beat 3rd bottom Hull City in our next game.

And there are other players coming back from injury soon, including Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons and maybe Gabby Obertan.

If John Carver is to be the caretaker manager through the end of the season, John needs to show fairly soon that he can get Newcastle back to winning ways, otherwise it wouldn’t surprise us if a more experienced coach is brought in to keep Newcastle safe through the end of the season.

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162 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 23, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Well what’s going on today – UGH -posting bloody song lyrics ——SNORE.
    What else — tequilaeagle arguing with Jesper.
    More- Nobody knows what Mr Tubbs is up to with Mash Holdings/Mash Alpha/Mash Beta.
    Last. Ian Toon is up to his shenanigans again about people he met and what they said to him – looks like nobody spoke to him -just did a Google translate.Naughty naughty.
    That summarises todays events on the blog.

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I do wish the good Dr Ed would stop referring to other clubs as bigger clubs.

    Clubs like Arsenal, Man U, Citeh et al have a bigger profile, play in Europe and are financially stronger than NUFC but does that make them bigger? No it does not.

    The clubs I’ve mentioned are more attractive to players because of those factors.

    So, instead of demeaning the status of Newcastle United maybe we should refer to the so-called ‘bigger’ clubs as higher profile ones.

    The ‘bigger clubs’ term irks me as much as when the media refer to Man U as ‘United’ as if that’s the only club to use the ‘United’ suffix. It f*****g isn’t!

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    mr tuff that ian toon could work for nufc the BS that come’s off his key board is the same brand that charnley use’s

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Mister Tuff

    What with community singing, MASH this and that, maybe they could sing about Ashley for a change?

    Hows about Monster Mash?

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    We still don’t know a lot about Abeid. For me he looks to lack the technique required to be a real big hitter. That said he’s got an excellent engine and is box to box as well providing good cover for the defence.

    Time will tell I suppose but our young players need to cut the injuries and fast. Aarons has been the biggest disappointment for me. So much promise in preseason and early this season and now he’s probably back at square 1.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Mr Tuff,
    You don’t think Ian Toon would stoop so low as to use Google translate and pretend he had a Danish colleague, do you ?

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I can’t imagine us getting anyone in this window. Who would want to go to a club where you don’t know who you would be playing for (head coach, backroom staff, etc.)? If any team other than Newcastle was interested in a player, what could convince a player that they should come to us? Normally that would be the manager’s job – to convince them through some reassurances or provide a solid commitment to playing them or something. However, when there is nobody who is capable of accurately telling a prospect that, how could a player think that Newcastle is right for them? I know we weren’t likely to sign anyone, but these links with Alli and the Ajax forward can’t really lead to anything this window even if it is a player who we have been tracking for a while. Graham Carr can’t sign a player, nor can he single-handedly convince a player they should come here and he’s really our only option for positive interaction with a prospect.

    It’s a little frustrating that we won’t be signing anyone, but really the biggest frustration is the delay in getting a new head coach. Once that happens we can figure out where we’re headed and work from there, but until then we’ll be floating along in limbo…and hopefully figure out a way to stay in the Premiership, although that’s far from guaranteed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    bills-son // Jan 23, 2015 at 2:30
    ”Have you seen that 30% of blog readers feel better about NUFC since Charnley’s statement?
    Strip out the ‘no’s’ who haven’t read it and would vote NO as soon as they see Ashley or Charnley’s name and I bet its not far off 50/50 overall.”

    Straight from the same maths teacher that had us a sixth highest spenders when we factored in wages and agents fees but only counted what the other clubs actually spent on transfers.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Financially the clubs Ed refers to are a lot bigger, can offer bigger wages and the chance of taking part in champions league, possibility of winning the league or a cup – we offer average wages and big crowds who more often than not will be on your back due to the current regimes lack of ambition

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Burde være gået til Louis Nielsen

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I said yes. I’m sick of speculation and at least it’s a club statement on what’s going on. Yes, the doom-mongerers will still say well we knew we were never going to get anyone in and he’s toeing the party line, etc. etc. In the end I can only read so many updates on SkyBet’s betting lines before my eyes bleed. Anything other than that is at least refreshing in its difference. I’m not happy about the things that were said, just that something was said…if that makes any sense.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail – well he does have previous form/convictions for artifice/dception.

    lester – like the idea of an anti Mr Tubbs song using the tune of the Monster Mash.
    Mind before Halloween got sick of the damn song as I was compiling a list of horror/spooky songs onto an MP3/4 player for a Haloween night event where the missus works.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Even if it was 50% don’t you think even that figure is alarming, half of your customers unhappy is a serious fault never mind more than 2/3s.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail – was General Custer not killed as a result of a foolhardy campaign.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Mister Tuff,
    I’d hazard a guess they scalped him.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s about time people realised we’re not a football club any more, we’re a business that just happens to trade in football players. As well as collecting other incomes including from sky and gullible fans.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    If we signed Alli Tiote needs to go as soon as possible
    in my opinion !!

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  • Thump

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    @toonkk: That more or less sums it up neatly. SJP is now a convyor belt of young, often foreign talent, in the hopes they can move at a profit.

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    tiote is a good player and a great player on his day !

    unfortunatly for him colback is better on 80% of his games and the same can be said of sissoko.
    then theres abied who’s younger and tbf better with less aggression so imo tiote is 4th choice atm.

    then add siem that makes him 5th and that should be bigi’s place to make a name for himself not a player who’s currently in the prime of his career ! good player tiote youve done us a great service and your far far from a has been but you deserve to not be 5th choice player and unfortunatly we have a very strong midfield atm.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley // Jan 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Burde være gået til Louis Nielsen

    Now that is proper Danish, both in construction, grammar and spelling!

    Jail…do you have a Danish colleague to?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #21

    What is 9 inches long with an arrow through it?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Mt T – sorry to be a bit picky about your weary observations re: blog posting quality / relevance, but where exactly does your quiz on the demise of General G A Custer fit in your schema? Just wondering 😉

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  • p

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Unfortunately, Tiote is not that good. Good at breaking up play when he avoids yellow but without Cabaye to pass to, he gives the ball away thinking he can play out, taking on forwards like Collo does.

    He is also always injured and takes ages to get back to his best which generally is about a game before he is injured again.

    I would cash in personally.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Seems most have the opinion that Tiote is a good half of two players. He needs someone to release to who is busy around him, and has more vision to get the ball forward. Tiote’s time at the Toon has been blighted by a lack of development from the coaching staff.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Have I killed the blog?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki,
    That’s my fault !

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #27

    abied/colback/sissoko/siem even bigi arguably offer more in the whole game than tiote does in his part role !

    but saying that when he plays for his country he has more in his arsenal than just breaking up ect as his passing aint too bad and his dribbling skills are quite good also as he showed with that assist he had the other night.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki – you need to keep up!!!
    Earlier jail referred to bills as General Custer -bills later responded stating that the General was still standing – hence my posts.

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  • CullysFinest

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Can anyone mind the last time tiote successfully completed a 10 yard pass?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Mr Tetchy. 🙂

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Mr Tuff – What a sheltered life you and your sidekick lead. London is diverse and cosmopolitan and I do get to have a break.
    I am not in the habit of disrespecting those of my fathers generation. But don’t push i!

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Tetchy or still suffering from a bout of rheumatism which can be more prevalent at this time of the year.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Mr Tuff’s last stand and mine.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I wonder where the speculation keeps coming from about Arsenal being interested in Tiote, what a load of bolloxs.
    he wouldn’t even make their bench.
    He’s far too slow and not exactly the best passer of a ball for a start.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #35

    toon- Tiote really needs to be managed better. He is at his best when he wins the ball and passes to a more creative player. At his best he brings a vibrancy to the CM but for a long time he tries to do too much and dwells on the ball. In a counterattacking side he tends to slow the process down and we fail to move play twenty yards further up the field.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Sidekick! !!

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail, Madison

    Charnley’s statement was well crafted – a typical politician’s speech in which there were no clear statements he could be pinned down to.

    His words were all subject to interpretation by the reader or listener – a master class in ambiguity! Hence the debates about what he said and what he meant.

    In summary, Charnley said nowt you could ever say was untrue.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Yes the Lone Ranger and Tonto. And your….

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Mister Tuff

    Aye. Halloween invariably prompts the playing of Monster Mash and Werewolves of London!

    There’s a real good live version of the latter by Jackson Browne and David Lindley, recorded at a gig in 1975 when its writer, Warren Zevon was an unknown.

    Now that was a useless piece of info eh – just like Charnley’s interview!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #40
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