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?
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!!