We thought that Cheick Tiote was almost certain to be sold this summer, after having a season interrupted by injury and not playing for us for the second half of the season at all.
That was after he had picked up a knee injury at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in early February, while playing for Ivory Coast.
Cheick Tiote – in training at Newcastle
Cheick joined us in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente following Steve McClaren taking the club to their first ever Dutch Championship, and of course Steve is now at Newcastle.
Cheick played 43 times for Twente in that season with one goal, and at Newcastle over the last five seasons he has 130 appearances with one goal – that fantastic equalizing goal in the 4-4 home draw with Arsenal in February, 2011.
So perhaps Steve McClaren will want to keep Cheick at the club and try to get the best out of him, and the Ivorian still has two years left on his contract at Newcastle.
We conducted a poll of whether Newcastle fans thought Cheick still had a future at the club, and we were a little bit surprised that the majority think he does.
We have a number of our players who did not play well under John Carver, but we think they are much better players than they looked in that second half of last season.
As well as getting six good players in the transfer market this summer, we would like to see Newcastle keep some of their experienced players.
That would include Cheick, and doing that will make our squad better and more experienced.
It will also make competition for places in the team that much greater – and that cannot be bad.
We only have around 1500 readers voting in the poll so far – so if you haven’t voted yet – here’s your chance.