Does Cheick Tiote Have A Future At Newcastle?


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.

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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.

Does Cheick Tiote Have A Future At Newcastle?

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122 comments so far

  • Liverpool Mag

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I think his future is most likely going to be used like he was at Twente, which is to play for the last 20 minutes or so to preserve a lead.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I think for the last couple of seasons he has been mentally wearing that Arsenal shirt. If he cannot be 100% focussed for the team then it’s time to get shot of him.

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  • lesh

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Whilst it’s only right that current players should be assessed by McClaren, time has been and is becoming precious.

    With his back against the wall, McClaren and Charnley in particular should have considered the opinions of others who could offer a qualified comment.

    We’re all well aware who’s not up to the standard required for a serious attempt a moving the Club forward and surely those weaknesses could have been addressed with good signings. Should the ‘weaker’ players prove to be better than thought or previously played, the fine, we’d have gone some way to adding more strength in depth to a seriously week squad.

    However, Ashley and Charnley are perhaps too budget conscious to allow that.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    wdfta you will need more then your fingers crossed with our back four did you not learn anything from last season we cannot defend

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Catchy…are you still there? Not in Aarhus but on the blog 😀

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  • pawl250

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Tiote should stay. Certainly not a bad player to have in the midfield when you need to defend a lead.

    He is not the best player the world either mind.

    Do not understand why people expect another 5 signings or what have you. 2 more max would be more like it, if any at all. Unless we sell players.

    We need to sell Williamson (500k-1m), sell Cisse (6-7m). Try and offload Marveaux (loan or sell for 1m or less), Vuckic (loan or sell for 1m or less)

    Total approx 8m

    Bring in a Austin(14m), Van Dijk (7m) and a young right back with potential (2m).

    Total approx 23m

    Then we have a team.

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Tiote knows and trusts Macca.
    He the sort of player who needs to know exactly wat his role is game by game
    I got the feeling that he and Pardew for the last few seasons weren’t seeing eye to eye.
    Could be like a ne…………….. whoops nearly said it !!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Sell sell sell sell!

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    His recklessness has become more of a hindrance than anything recently, shame because he was a monster in that midfield for a period, it really put me off also when he was out injured and called us a “shit team”. That’s his mates he talking about and the club he plays for, it annoyed me

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  • Bambams

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Canny goal by Vuckic…..
    I still would like to see this lad have a run of games now Mac is here. Cup games perhaps
    Would rather we at least ensured we have given him a proper look over before kicking him out. He hasn’t been listed – I don’t think….

    http://www.thickaccent.com/2015/07/28/haris-vuckic-skinned-the-entire-ajax-defense-to-score-a-quality-solo-goal-for-newcastle-u21s-video/

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  • one fine day

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Fire bug 666
    Agree but if he thinks he will get decent game time in an arsenal shirt then he needs to go and see mad john carvers shrink

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    firebug…I think he’ll mentality being wearing that shirts for a long long time 😉

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  • catchy in norway

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    yes, im here

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    bambams could we loan him ajax we soon find out if he was any good under there system

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  • pawl250

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Also new contract for Aarons just to be safe.

    Our team would be

    Krul
    Janmaat – Mbemba – V Dijk – Haidara
    Wijnaldum – Tiote
    Sissoko – De Jong – Aarons
    Austin

    Darlow
    Young Rb – STaylor – Coloccini – Dummett
    Anita – Colback
    Obertan – Perez – Cabella
    Mitrovic

    Woodman
    Satka – Lascelles – Good – Ferguson
    Bigirmana – Abeid
    Riviere – Vuckic? – Gouffran
    Armstrong

    If Vuckic doesn’t leave.

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  • one fine day

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Pawl
    Agree 100% on that.
    For once it will be good for sissoko to know they have to perform week in week out and not just think they walk into the team every week .
    When was the last time we could say that ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    pawl…I agree we need another CB, but what’s the attraction with van Dijk?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    This team is a Top 6 team with every one fit and on form:
    ………………….Krul
    Janmatt……..Mbemba……Colo…….Haidara
    ……………………………..Toite
    ………………Sissoko…………….Wijnaldum
    …………………………….de Jong
    ……………….Austin…………………Mitrovic
    Subs:
    Darlow, Durmett, Colback, Cabella, Perez, Aarons, Cisse.

    THAT IS MY DREAM TEAM. Mcclaren make it happen.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #19

    From Previous

    lesh

    Good players were hard to find in last years squad as the whole set-up from top to bottom was total garbage.

    We may or may not have a few gems in there, but if I was to judge so far on this pre-season I would lean more towards may not.

    It will take time for McClaren to stamp his mark on what was a pi$$ poor squad of players, and the three we have brought in (IMO) are not enough.

    I 100% agree with your post @ 28, I think the worry was the phrase Ashley used when he said “the best value pound for pound”.

    When he said that I was worried, and alarm bells were ringing, but I have also been surprised by these signings.

    I would have thought McClaren could have assessed this squad from watching a few video’s of last years games, and I’m sure he did, but things are still just dragging along.

    The massive clear out we all expected, has not happened, and three in so far is a joke, we need at least six in and a shed load out.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper

    Big, strong, good in the air, still not bad on the ground. Abit of pace.

    I think he would be a decent contrast to Mbemba who is supposedly good in the air but very quick on the ground.

    He is also in our price range around 7m unlike Abdennour who is quoted 15m or more I mean people GET REAL!

    Austin at 14m is a push, but if we sell Cisse for 6-7m it would make the difference alot let and reduce the blow. But with the team above we could end up in top 8 easy.

    Solid team, and could keep it together for a few years given ages of players.

    AND key we would have decent depth within our squad for the inevitable injuries/bans.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Just a thought for concern will die for the toon army, who is supplying the crosses for your two similar target men centre forwards?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Catchy…did you stay in Aarhus or in a beach house outside of the city?

    …has been away the past two weeks myself!

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  • one fine day

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Bam bams
    Great goal shades of ben arfa
    Problem is he clearly needs regular game time to get his form and confidence up.
    I’d look to loan him to a championship side til January see if he can step up from the Scottish Sunday league.
    He def has something

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s great to see us linked with strikers and attacking players but we really need another defender or two and to make sure we have a solid, reliable defensive midfielder.

    As the saying goes….strikers win you games, defenders win you titles.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #25

    pawl…the price shouldn’t be the problem as you say!

    I am just not convinced he’s good enough…the SPL is hard to judge by. It’s no better than the danish superliga.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Hibbit
    I know that quite a few on here don’t rate him and I am not saying they are wrong. I just don’t think since he has been with us we have had him in a team playing to his strengths. Loan moves can work both ways, just would like to see him have a run before we let him go.
    You know how it works John Dahl Tommason comes to mind.
    Just my opinion he could come good under the correct coaches.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    An against selling Cisse Tiote and Colo. They r really needed in this transition stage from Pardew to Mcclaren.

    Sell Marvuex Orbertan Willo and Goufrann to balance books.

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #28

    The squad appears full.

    Is this lascalles lad any good? Though he was to be our c.b. This year and to cover r.b.

    I think mcclaren wants austin as his new no.9 which means goodbye cisse first I’d say.

    As for getting a winger..I think we’d have to see a goofy or an obertan or a marvo ho or 2 of tbe 3 leave before we get another. Quite fr as nkly all three coukd go along with cabella and I’d gladly give arrons a new contract, give Armston a shot and sign townsand

    Unfortunately it appears hard to get rid of Newcastle deadwood players as there prob on better wages then any potential buyer can offer them and therefore there’s no interest. C.b. does appear to be a big problem still judging by pre season and ser pieces. Willo is well past it and colo don’t inspire much confidence any more. ..brings me back to first question…is lascalles any good?

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  • Bambams

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #29

    One fine day
    You could be right fella, a loan to the Boro who play football might work.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #30

    TS…and what does managers do? 😉

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #31

    GEORDIE69

    Janmatt and Haidara in this system the crosses are made by the full back and are covered by the DCM or CBs. Who stay back all the time. We really need a ball winner like Tiote to be at his best. Mbemba and Colo to cover wen necessary.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #32

    I agree it does seem damn near impossible to offload our deadwood, but that doesn’t mean they should be registered by us!

    Tell ’em that and find their replacements. Playing ’em has done us no good in the past.

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Ed..we have abeid marvo and bigi in cm too

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #34

    I doudt Ashley will sanction keeping unregistered players on the payroll. I reckon some them woukd happily hang around too to pick up the pay and wait till out of contract to pick up a contract

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    The easiest way is as Jesper said do not register them to play, just drop them into the development squad and sit back and see how long it takes their agents to find them another club.

    And if they are not playing first team football they will be only on a basic wage.

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Someone like Willo is orib in 20k a week…no championship club will touch that and he’s not ol standerd. I won’t even discuss colo 70k. Same applies to marvo..goofy and obertan. Wages in excess of 20 k at least

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 28, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #37

    There really aren’t anything else to do…we still need to add 3-4 players more regardless of what happens to our deadwood!

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  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Jose is a funny guy like.

    Football Funnys ?@FootballFunnys now
    José Mourinho: “I called Sir Alex Ferguson to tell him I was coming back to Chelsea…

    …The next day, he retired.”

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  • tenpointnine

    Jul 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    jamesnufc86 // Jul 28, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    “His recklessness has become more of a hindrance than anything recently, shame because he was a monster in that midfield for a period, it really put me off also when he was out injured and called us a “shit team”. ”

    Nothing wrong with his eyesight, then.:)

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jul 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #40

    There won’t be any signings after Mbemba.

    I’m okay with this.

    Three top class signings – all three lads wouldn’t be out of place in a 3rd-6th placed team – and kept our key players. Thats good business.

    McClaren said when he took over he was looking at three windows to overhaul the squad.

    Three quality signings this summer. One or two in January after he’s had time to fully assess the squad and knows which players are going to be on board with his vision and who isn’t up to it, and another two to three signings next summer.

    If we’re sat here this time next year having made six to seven acquisitions of the calibre of these three so far, I’d be happy.

    I know we all want the squad fixing this window. Its not going to happen. No team is built overnight, it takes time, and three windows is a reasonable time frame to ask for.

    We’re not getting any more this summer. In my mind we’ve still moved forward. You might say “not by enough” but forward progress is still forward progress. The squad we have with the management team we have is good for 10th this season. Thats a step forward.

    Strip out some of the fringe players in January when clubs are desperate and more likely to buy, or next summer. Everyone gets a clean slate so give them the next few months to show they can step up with proper coaching or let them move on.

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