There ´s a report in the Chronicle today that Newcastle are willing to let Cheick Tiote leave the club this month to join Chinese Premier League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua – and they hint that Cheick wants the move.
The fee is supposed to be £3M but we just cannot believe the club would allow one of our most experienced Premier League players leave the club when we are in so much danger of being relegated.
Cheick Tiote – willing to sell him for £3M
And Cheick still has 18 months left on his contract so they cannot make the argument he could leave for nothing in the summer.
If this potential deal goes through it´s yet another example of allowing a player to leave the club for money and at the same time putting the team in jeopardy.
We´ve done that too many times in the past when allowing Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye to leave and not replacing them.
And last January we even allowed Davide Santon to leave on the last day of the transfer window.
Lee Charnley later said that a deal for Davide to Inter-Milan was possible only in January and it wouldn´t be possible in the summer.
But what about the strength of the squad for the run-in last season – he never mentioned that – just that the deal was possible and Newcastle could make some money.
So when Newcastle look at players – do they only see money?
This would be a ridiculous deal to make in our current situation – because even if we get new midfielders in they will take time to settle.
If this deal is allowed to go through it says those at the top of the club haven´t learned from the many similar mistakes they have made in the past.
Mistakes that saw us win only 7 games in 38 Premier League game last year and we find ourselves struggling against relegation yet again.
If you don´t learn from your mistakes then history has a habit of repeating itself.
Maybe that´s why we have been struggling with relegation three of the last four seasons but have stellar financial results?
Rather than thinking about making money all the time, perhaps the powers that be at Newcastle should prioritize the strength of the squad over everything else – and then we may be able to get a decent team together.
What do you think?