Newcastle have brought in two central midfielders this month with Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, so here we go again as we seem to be set to unload the experienced Cheick Tiote to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for £3M.
Why are we doing that?
We should be keeping Cheick through the end of the season and use him when necessary to help the team avoid relegation.
Cheick Tiote – keep him at the club until the summer
When top clubs bring in new players they don’t immediately sell one of the players in that position – that doesn’t build squad depth – which is the problem Newcastle have had ever since Mike Ashley bought the club.
It’s even more important that we should keep Tiote one board because we pick up so many injuries each season – what happens if one or two of our central midfielders pick up injuries?
Newcastle continue to not think through things fully before they make decisions.
They should remember Murphy’s Law – when things can go wrong they will – and at the worst possible time.
Newcastle operate by trying to make a buck wherever, whenever and however they can.
They would seem to think that £3M is worth more than having Cheick Tiote play for us through the end of the season, or at least be available to play if needed.
Top clubs have top players on the bench but not Newcastle – we try to run with a threadbare squad.
That policy will be seen in operation this month if we are daft enough to allow Cheick Tiote to leave.
Lee Charnley sold Davide Santon for a fast buck on the last day of last year’s January transfer window, simply because a deal with Inter-Milan was possible.
After all we had Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara available to play at left-back, so we would be OK.
And what happened – Paul Dummett was injured almost immediately and missed most of the rest of the season before he returned with just a few games to play – when we were in serious trouble of relegation.
And even then Paul was forced to play not fully fit and because of that missed the first few months of this season.
That’s one of Newcastle’s failed policies in operation.
Newcastle’s thriftiness doesn’t work in today’s big money football world.
We should keep Tiote and forego the (measly) £3M in the hopes that we can receive around £135M in each of the next three years, starting next May, when the new PL £5B sponsor deal kicks in.
We will only get that money if we can stay in the Premier League.
Newcastle should think big – for a change.