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This Experienced Player Could Be On His Way Out Of Newcastle

10:54 pm, Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

The Mail is reporting that Marseille are willing to pay £2.5M for Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tiote.

They are reporting that Cheick is keen to leave Newcastle now that we are in the second division, but the 53 times capped Ivory Coast midfielder had a mini-revival in form under Rafa Benitez last season and Rafa started him in the games once he was fit; Cheick played well.

We were wondering if Rafa would want to keep him at the club for next season, because he does provide ample experience and carried out what Benitez wanted him to do in that central defensive position – and he was a first team choice under Rafa.

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Rafa Benitez and Cheick Tiote last season

Rafa also praised the Ivorian for his 100% work-rate during training, which seemed to impress the manager.

Tiote is now still only 29 and in January there were reported bids from both Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan, with Newcastle wanting around £6M for him.

He almost joined the Shanghai club in January, but the news was that they couldn’t agree personal terms with Cheick.

At the time, Beijing Guoan were expected to renew their interest in Tiote in the summer, so we think Newcastle can do a lot better than £2.5M for him.

The cash-strapped Marseille club’s offer is not a particularly good deal for Newcastle.

Cheick joined us from FC Twente back in 2010 and had been scouted for a few years by Graham Carr; we paid a low £3.5M for him.

He was good at the beginning of his career on Tyneside, but has slackened off over the last two years or so and had a number of injuries over that period too.

If Newcastle do sell Tiote in the summer, it could be to get his high wages off the wage bill, and he has only one year left on his current contract.

We’re not sure how much Rafa rates Tiote, but he did play well for him in those final games of the season when Newcastle started to play really well and Cheick even seemed upbeat about things.

If this report is true we’d be surprised if Rafa Benitez would accept only £2.5M for this very experienced central midfielder.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Contracts · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 KevinHann // Jun 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Marseilles are cash-strapped now? Did they go bankrupt over the past few articles?

  • 2 KevinHann // Jun 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Marseille are cash-strapped now? Did they go bankrupt over the past few articles?

  • 3 lesh // Jun 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Tiote’s a fighter and we need the likes of him.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 14, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Leash, Gabriel Salassie has those attributes ye loon, not me! 😉 Classy player. Predominantly a right back, but can play further forward if required. He’d be ideal for us, from what little i’ve seen of him. Just mentioned because the discussion was right backs. Just a thought. 😉

  • 5 Bobbybee // Jun 14, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Leash? Must’ve been thinking of tiote! 😉

  • 6 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 14, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    There is no chance in hell I would let tioti go for 2.5 million. In today’s football market that is pennies for him, how u gonna replace tioti with pennies???

  • 7 KevinHann // Jun 14, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    2.5 is indeed too little for Tiote despite him hitting 30 in a couple weeks. That’s what you sell a player you want rid of for, or one that generates no interest. Neither seems to be the case with Tiote.

    As it seems we have a lot going on with Marseille in terms of transfers it could probably be a part of a larger negotiation involving Thauvin as well – that would seem a bit more plausible.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Jun 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    C’mon Ed, stop sourcing your info from “The Dandy, Beano, and Roy of the Rovers.” We didn’t come down in the last shower you know. 2.5 mill for a player of his capabilities and experience, at still only 29, and back to near his best form. He’s got three good seasons left in him. We’d be better served offering him an extension on his current deal.

  • 9 Blofal // Jun 15, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Keep Tiote and let him leave on a free. We need depth in the Championship and he would be a class above. We only paid $3.5m so we have got our money’s worth.

  • 10 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 15, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Sissoko bags will already be packed, his house will already be on the market. At least we looking to make 10 million or more on him. Tioti for 2.5 million is a joke. This story seems a non starter for me.

  • 11 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    Silly season lads. Expect mire of the same till september.

    However, some will go but hopefully, only the ones without the heart for a fight and at the right price too.

    I fully expect to see Crouch coming in too

  • 12 Online Guy // Jun 15, 2016 at 4:01 AM


    If you read this let me know

    Your post about Ian Toon is exactly how I have imagined him ….your spot on ..I’m in fits here.. brilliant. !

    Also was wondering If Jib is a polymath or does he just lift things from the internet ,? The latter is the correct answer as most of us know, And he knows which one of those is correct himself He try’s to look like he has superior intelligence ..when all he does is lift things .

    Sad .

  • 13 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 15, 2016 at 4:08 AM

    Personally I’d be happy to take that money for Tiote. You can count the good games he’s played in the last three seasons on one hand. Surely Colback or Anita could manage that role in the Championship? Too many stories about Tiote having a bad attitude have surfaced for there to be no truth in it as well. Yesterday’s man as far as we’re concerned for mine.

  • 14 willowdalerez // Jun 15, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    2.5M way too little considering what he offers so this rumour is probably just that… Can’t wait for things to shake out a bit so we know who’s in and who’s out.

  • 15 willowdalerez // Jun 15, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    Frenchman – I think the attitude will only be a problm if Rafa found he had one, his taelnt level is there and if he respects Rafa I can’t see him being unloaded that cheap.

    Side note… I really respect Ronaldo but is it me or was this bit of sour grapes when Iceland pull off a surprising draw:

    I get his point (it’s frustrating to play a team that parks itself in front of the goal and plays for the draw) but it’s a fair strategy for a team with a less talented squad and Portugal had to have know they’d do just that.

  • 16 dazza // Jun 15, 2016 at 4:50 AM

    tiote’s our best player, have to keep him
    he will waltz the championship

  • 17 cyprus // Jun 15, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    Strange statement that by Ronaldo. Does he know this is a country of 330 k? Does he know it’s there first ever appearance and point?

    I too am pro-football, used to hate it when people like… mourinho parked the bus. Still, congratulations to Iceland.

  • 18 cyprus // Jun 15, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    If Tiote is our best player we’re in trouble. To agree though, we should keep him. His battling qualities will be needed in the championship jungle.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jun 15, 2016 at 5:35 AM

    OG – glad you liked the post about Ian Toon – still laughing at it myself.
    Folk are missing these quality gags.

    As for Jibberish – he’s no polymath that is for sure. A psuedo- polymath definitely. Why folk want to aspire to something they are clearly not has always caused me some concern -and for what purpose.
    Nothing the matter with folk wanting to learn a whole range of new knowledge – but sometimes it is clear when there is no “base” of wider knowledge.
    Folk should just be who they are. Polymath -no.

  • 20 cyprus // Jun 15, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Correction: There first- their first

  • 21 Lindisfarne // Jun 15, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    “”Tim Krul, the Newcastle United goalkeeper, is another player on Everton’s radar, with the Holland international having only 12 months remaining on his contract. Krul is seen as a first-choice goalkeeper at Everton following Tim Howard’s departure.””

  • 22 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:02 AM


    I wouldnt be too concernef in selling Krul as long as we get something north of 8 million quid. We are fairly well stocked with keepers

  • 23 Jib // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Tutto mercato web were one the sites saying Hamburg were after Sissoko.
    They are now saying that Fiorentina have asked about the possibility of Chancel M’Bemba on loan !

  • 24 Jib // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    They say the M’Bemba story originates with Sky Italia

  • 25 firebug666 // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    expat / Lindisfarne

    I don’t mind if Krul goes, his shot stopping is decent, but his distribution is the worst Iv’e seen, he either kicks is out of play, or to the opposition back four or their keeper.

    So he struggles with his kicking, and his throwing (when he does it) is no better.

    Elliot is a good shot stopper and has better distribution than Krul for me, I would have Elliot as no1 regardless of Krul staying or going.

  • 26 Jib // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    M’Bemba would seem a strange one to lose after paying €12 million for him just last summer with him linking so well latterly with Lascelles.

    Chancel will be away for most of Jan and early Feb with the DR of Congo in the ACof N.

    He would definitely improve in the Serie A under Paulo Sousa at Fiorentina.

    If this story does have legs it could be an indication tha Rafa has a more experienced CB lined up.

  • 27 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Simple mesage to the Ities

    Divvy up the cash we want and you MIGHT have a chance otherwise dont waste our time with loan requests and cheap undervaluation offers

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    I’ve had a change of heart on Krul, before people are so keen to get shot of him we must remember that Elliott is out till the end of the year, has never managed to stay fit for a sustained run in the three times he’s had to stand in. Despite his great displays I think his injury record and age should be factored in when deciding who we need to sell. Woodman needs to get out on loan to another Championship club with a recall option should the worst happen. If he’s not yet good/experienced enough to be snapped up by a middling Championship club then he’s not good/experienced enough to be a stand in for us in an emergency.

  • 29 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:40 AM


    I quite liked Darlow, to be honest

  • 30 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:43 AM


    and Krul has been out for the major part of the last 2 seasons. No reason we cannot cash in. We could sign Mark Schwarzer on a 12 month contract as cover for Darlow until Elliott is fit.

    This may be the best time to get decent money for him.

  • 31 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    £2.5m is nothing for Tiote. I’d be surprised if he went for that amount. He’s looked much improved with Rafa there.

  • 32 firebug666 // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:46 AM


    I agree, Darlow is a decent backup keeper who will only get better, he did ok at the end of the season.


    Krul also spends a bit of time on the sick mate, last year we had to suffer with Alnwick, this year Elliot and Darlow.

    I just think Elliot is a better keeper than krul, so would not be sad to see Krul go.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Major part of two seasons? He played 79% of PL games the season before last before getting a serious injury last season.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    That was my first thoughts but I’ve had time to think about it and I think Elliott should go.

  • 35 Jib // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Krul is only 28
    That’s young for a goalie of his experience.
    Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri does seem determined to splash the cash but I think journos have come up with this story because Koeman and Krul are both Dutch.
    Rafa always prioritises and values personality goalies ( Reina Dudek Cabral ) and will be reluctant to sell a player who knows the club so well and is so vocal in the dressing room.

  • 36 The overrated Frenchman // Jun 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    I’ve always had reservations about Krul. Capable of the spectacular save, but we all know his distribution is poor. He also lets in too many soft goals in my opinion, often looks shaky on crosses, and his awareness and command of the box is not great. He certainly wouldn’t be in the “must have” category for me. If we can keep the other three, I think he is someone we could cash in without weakening the team to any great extent.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Elliot is injured and Woodman needs to prove himself, unless we are planning to buy a keeper in the coming months then, imo Krul should be going nowhere.

  • 38 firebug666 // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:01 AM


    For me Elliot looked a lot more assured when he got his chance than Krul. and his distribution (though not great) was far better than Krul’s.

    Darlow would be find in the championship, as he has experience there, and his wasn’t to bad at the end of the season run in.

  • 39 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:07 AM


    For a goalkeeper to miss that much over 2 seasons is no kaughing matter. He isnt that good anyway

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Elliot has been called in to the fray three times now as reserve keeper and three times he has been injured while doing so, once is unlucky, twice is really unlucky, three times is , like Taylor a major flaw in your game.

  • 41 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    I would let him go – great shot-stopper BUT he does not command his six yard box – very unsure and moves forward then back leaving him flat footed on the line and this makes our defenders defend free kicks to deep. – just my thoughts

    Elliot and Darlow might not be as good at shot stopping but in what I have seen of them this season better command of the six yard box

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Saying that mind, which player hasn’t been injured regularly over the last five seasons, maybe the new pitch and qualified coaches will see a huge drop in the number of injuries.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Charlie, when would you let him go though?

  • 44 expatmag // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:27 AM


    If we dont give young Woodman some encouragement about his future, we risk losing him for nothing like his true value. Krul has been disappointing for a long time now, not just injuries wise.

    Time for us to get as mhch as we can for him

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Krul has become very adept at picking the ball out of the back of the net over the last few years, a skill that won’t be needed too much over the next season.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Like I said, Woodman needs to get competitive games elsewhere before throwing him in to the deep end with us. I listened to an interview with Jak Alnwick who was gutted he wasn’t allowed to go out on loan due to penny pinching. Woodman needs to prove himself or risks being ruined like Jak Alnwick.

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    tough one that – still would let him go this summer if anyone came in for him.
    Hopefully if that happens we have cover for Darlow until Elliot is fit – might have to buy someone as I think Woodman should be sent out on loan as he needs senior games between the sticks.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I would keep the three of them and send Woodman out on loan, in January if Woodman has had a good season I would let double UEFA manager of the year and multiple trophy winner Rafa Benitez decide who out of Elliot and Krul to sell.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Charlie, my point exactly, who is cover for Darlow while Elliot is injured, Woodman has played twelve competitive league games at Crawley town, that is not enough to be thrown in at the deep end when we have realistically one season to get promoted.

  • 50 Jib // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    NUFC have been linked with this player a few time over the years.
    So maybe old man Carr does know his stuff.

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Jun 15, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Cash in on Krul ASAP. Although Darlow was not brilliant, he can be promoted to first choice and give Woodman a Cup game to see how he personally holds up.

  • 52 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Goalkeeper is certainly a position that we could upgrade and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa is not thinking about getting a better keeper!!

    He is quite ruthless at things like that at Liverpool the keeper who won him the Champions League was upgraded by Reina the following season!! So it could easily happen here especially as none of our keepers are close to being complete and injury free keepers !!

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