Newcastle Star Confirmed Out For The Rest Of The Season


Cheick Tiote has been ruled out for the rest of the season with the knee injury he picked up at the African Cup of Nations playing for Ivory Coast – who won the tournament – beating Ghana on penalties 9-8, after the score was 0-0 after extra time.

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Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast colors

It turns out that Cheick has had an operation on the knee in Qatar, and head coach John Carver has said that’s it for Cheick for the rest of the season:

“Cheick Tiote had the operation on Sunday and I would have thought his season is over.”

“He is in Qatar because the surgeon from Belgium is the one who did an operation on his thigh when he was at FC Twente, so he is going to stay out there for a little bit of recovery time and then come back.”

“Communication is not great at the minute, so we are trying to get more and more but I think he will stay there for a while.”

Surely it cannot be that difficult to get in touch with Cheick in hospital in Qatar, and here is another case of Newcastle’s unwillingness to invest in the transfer market last month costing us.

We now have Tiote, Paul Dummett, Siem de Jong and Steven Taylor out for the rest of the season with injury, and no reinforcements brought in.

That came after we sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and loaned Davide Santon to Inter-Milan last month, and as we suspected, there has been no move to recall Davide.

Maybe that’s because Newcastle didn’t have that clause in the contract, and it’s certainly not an impressive way to be running a football club.

Cheick has had a very poor season for Newcastle and has appeared only 12 times, and has been injured a number of times this term.

But Newcastle have Mehdi Abeid and Ryan Taylor now fit, who can deputize for the Ivorian.

Arsenal were said to be after him last summer, and Cheick was interested in the move, and now the likelihood is that he will be sold this summer – to the highest bidder.

Cheick has played 130 times for Newcastle since signing on from FC Twente in August of 2010 for £3.5M.

He scored only one goal but it that tremendous equalizer against Arsenal in the famous 4-4 draw in February of 2011 in the greatest comeback in Premier League history, after Newcastle were 4-0 down after 25 minutes of that home game..

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6 comments so far

  • mindcompressor

    Feb 27, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we should send Abeid on loan. If R. Taylor is fit we don’t need so many players and this poor club needs to make some money savings.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #2

    For the weekend I have to back the numbers and go with a draw. Similar value squads, NUFC have peaked for the season, Villa have probably bottomed out. Lap of the gods…

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  • Harley

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #3

    No one has ever come in for Tiote, if they had, we’d have sold him. There’s been rumours in the past about big clubs looking at him but no real interest.

    I suspect that once they’ve taken a good look at his distribution errors, injury record and disciplinary record etc they’ve decided he’s not what they’re after.

    Tiote is massive in Tiote’s world. He keeps talking about wanting to play for arsenal but the truth is none of the big clubs want him as he’s just not good enough.

    Mind you if he wants a wage rise he could go to somewhere like crystal palace or hull as we can’t compete with the likes of these.

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  • banjax

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    If ever there was an example to our lazy players after their 5 – 0 hammering at Man City, it has to be Jonas. When you think of the mental strength it must have taken to battle the cancer as well as stay fit enough to return to Premier League fitness is a tribute to Jonas and above all his determination to win. I would even prefer a half fit Jonas to some of the gutless, lazy ones we have in the team. If ever there was an example of the kind of player we need, look no further than Jonas Guttierez !

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    So, Tiote gets a medal and a few months break.

    That weakens our squad but not really the first
    team, as I would play Sissoko, Abeid and either
    Tiote or Colback.

    His value must have gone down to barely £6M,
    given his loss of form, injuries and limited time
    left on his contract.

    That’s why we sold Cabaye and Debuchy at the
    time we did. Debuchy replaced in reasonable
    time, Cabaye NOT (although I think Cabaye’s
    replacement was already waiting in the wings for
    AP to realise his potential (Abeid)

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 27, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely a lion’s share of the blame for the debacle this season has become must rest on the pudgy little frame of one Lee Charnley. He’s given a masterclass in how not to run a premier league club since he’s been put in charge. Every decision he seems to have made has been poorly judged. Does anyone NOT think he’s an incompetent yes-man who is in way over his head?

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