The players return on Wednesday for pre-season training, and we expect Steve McCall to be a busy man for the next few weeks, as he gets to grip with the training at Newcastle and has a look at each of the players Newcastle currently have and decide which of them can leave the club.
But the Chronicle is reporting today that Steve will be making a quick decision on Cheick Tiote
Cheick Tiote – in action last season for Newcastle
Tiote has been itching for a move from Newcastle for over a year now, and of course he played at FC Twente for McClaren in their Dutch Championship winning season 2009-2010 – before moving to Newcastle in August five years ago for just £3.5M.
Cheick Tiote still has two years left on his (lucrative) contract at the club, and he had injury problems last season and hardly played for us this year, after being injured in the African Cup of Nations.
Tiote ended up playing only 12 times in total last season.
If any player doesn’t want to play for Newcastle, then now is the time for them to go, as hopefully we start a new era at Newcastle, and if Cheick has lost interest in the club and wants to go elsewhere – so be it.
There are a couple of Turkish sides said to be interested in taking him and it will be interesting to see what kind of bids we get for the 48 times capped Ivory Coast International.
We’d be surprised if Cheick Tiote is at the club come September.
Cheick has played a total of 130 times with one goal (the late equalizer against Arsenal in that incredible 4-4 draw) for Newcastle over the last five seasons.