Steve McClaren In Surprising About Turn

When we were writing the Man of the Match piece last night we said that Cheick Tiote – who came in second behind only Jonjo Shelvey – could hep Newcastle survive this season before leaving in the summer – and of course a little thought came to mind – if he´s playing that good why let him leave?

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Chieck Tiote – great game on Saturday

This is what we said at the end of the positive piece on Tiote´s performance against West Brom:

His vast experience in the final games of this season will hopefully help Newcastle remain a Premier League side before he finally leaves us this summer.

Steve McClaren seems to know how to get the best out of the Ivory Coast International, who hasn´t done much for Newcastle in the last  couple of years, but his performance on Saturday and at Arsenal in early January were outstanding – the Cheick of old.

And news today from Steve McClaren, who was asked if he wants to keep Cheick at Newcastle:

“We’ll certainly be discussing that. Cheick has come back with a smile on his face.”

“He has only been back training with us for two days but he’s 100% committed, and if he keeps his composure and passes simply, he’s a very good player.”

“I hope he stays now.”

A proposed £4M move to Shanghai Shenhua in January didn’t go through and Cheick has to  be complimented on his professionalism that after only two days of training last week, he put in a fantastic display for us in what was a very important game.

Jonjo Shelvey and Cheick ran the game for Newcastle.

The Chinese transfer window is open to the end of the month and the main thing is to keep him at the club  until the summer.

Cheick should be told now he is going nowhere this month, but that he will be staying to help Newcastle survive this season.

Then if he really wants to stay at Newcastle then that´s a second priority that can be settled in the summer – but his experience made a huge difference on Saturday.

His current contract runs out in June of next year so he could even agree to stay until then and then become a free agent.

Cheick can help us survive this season and really – that´s all that matters right now.

Howay The Lads!!

14 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Fair enough Tiote played well, but I hope to God we don’t swing wildly away from the evidence of the last 2 years and give him a bumper new deal. If he gets a deal offered it should be proportionate…

  • jayphoto

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Tiote will be useful from now until the end of the season. Seemed to create space and time for shelvey.
    I’m not entirely sure Saivet is upto premier league physicality yet. I’m 100% sure if he is he can’t do it for 90 minutes. Reckon Colback will end up at left back when he’s fit, can’t see him in the starting 11 at least.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Aarrons did a decent job against WBA although they made it extremely easy for him by barely crossing the halfway line … Chelsea won’t be do accommodating and will be all over him …
    how long before one of Dummett, Haidara , Mbabu back ?
    Think Mbabu might be the best of those but he’s way too injury prone

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Colback can’t be far away from fitness now. He’s a durable lad. Pleased Mac resisted the temptation to rush him back, that’s why he’s been breaking down in my opinion. Many on the blog will be glad he resisted the temptation, but not for the same reasons 🙂

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Jesper, I just saw those stats on Twitter so I thought it was interesting enough to post on here. As I say, it’s obviously a loose comparison. I’m neither fully behind it or against it, just an interesting point of discussion. I do like Mitro, though.

  • cestriasteve

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Rolando Aarons has a big opportunity against Chelsea, we should let him overlap as much as possible as Ivanovic will be all over the place if he’s allowed to attack him. May be have Sissoko over there for a bit as we did in the 2nd half of WBA.

  • lesh

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Awe c’mon Ed and be realistic.

    Do you really think that Charnley can resist the prospect of £4m and Tiote off the payroll even when relegation’s at stake?

    But then can we expect Cheik to turn down a big payday for the sake of the Club?

    We can but wait and hope

  • jayphoto

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I like Mitro. Hes not had the benefit of growing up in English football like shearer did though. He’s having to adapt to a lot of things this season. Reckon he’ll get better and better though. Looking beyond the obvious goals, he has some strong hold up play and decent link up play. Would love to see him play with someone that consistently went beyond him.
    Needs to work on his finishing and composure a bit but the fact that he’s missed so many chances at least shows hes getting into positions to have chances which is more than we’ve seen from other strikers. Perez for example up top rarely seems to get chances for shots on goal as his running off the ball isn’t as good

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    What Tiote and Taylor brought to our team was a physical presence that allowed us to bully West Brom in the game when we played them at the Hawthorns Anichebe totally dominated Mbemba and Colo and their midfield kicked us all over

    In our home game though Taylor dominated in the air for us which basically ruined West Broms plan of hoofing it

    Also Wijnaldum playing in the middle and having a proper winger on each side meant they could not get crosses in

    We did play some excellent stuff but my highlight was our teams pressing it was well worked West Brom had nowhere available to pass a lot of the time Tiote , Townsend and Wijnaldum especially were doing it very well

  • Wayayman

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Relieved after the weekend, but we can’t rest in our laurels as Chelsea will be a totally different proposition to that weak WBA set up. Aarons didn’t have much to do defensively – other than almost give another penalty away showing just how bad a tackler he is- and he really cannot be played against Chelsea with their pace and skill down the right.

    Aaaaanyway, also wanted to ask that the people having some sort of school playground spat over supposed multiple accounts can actually just let it go. This is the Internet, it’s not real life. People are free to have multiple personalities online if their fragile ego and lack of self-worth demands yet they try to impress strangers who don’t actually care or read their posts anyway. Let’s stick to football eh?

  • martoon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I know WBA were probably the poorest team I’ve seen this season but we still played well and were not dragged down to their level. Townsend gives us an option on the left as normally all our attacks come down the right through Janmaat & Sissoko.
    Yesterday someone was comparing Townsend to Obertan – come on at least Townsend knows how to kick a ball!

  • hibbitt

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party
    got to be honest mate i dont think WBA had a plan they were that bad !!!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Wayayman – I’m afraid for a lot of people who spend time on these forums, this is as close as they get to real life…the name calling and the virtual hair pulling is at least some sort of interaction which they may not otherwise have in their lives.

  • stephen1971

    Feb 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    how do you read the mind of smc ? saivet was our best player probably at half time at everton and he got subbed, he looked composed and passed the ball well, why has,nt he had any playing time since baffles me, i know tiote had a belta last game but he,s like colo, excellent on his game but not on it often enough


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