We haven’t seen Cheick Tiote in pre-season much, and he missed the US trip because of visa problems and has been nursing a slight knee injury which kept him our of the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United on Saturday.
But he did train yesterday with the lads at Benton.
Cheick Tiote – back in training
This is what Steve McClaren has said about Cheick:
“Cheicky is back in training. He had a little niggle on his knee but hopefully he’s back now.”
Cheick hardly played for us last season, and appeared only 12 times before he was injured playing for Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, and missed the rest of the season.
It had been expected he would be sold this summer, and that still might happen, but it seems up in the air at the moment.
Steve McClaren knew him when the 29 year-old was in the FC Twente team that won the Dutch Championship for the only time back in 2010 – just before he was signed by Newcastle for £3.5M.
It’s also starting to look like the Newcastle central midfield could be crowded next season, with players like Siem de Jong, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Gini Wijnaldum challenging for places.
Let us know if you think Cheick Tiote has a future at the Tyneside club.