There is one man who doesn’t really want to be at Newcastle at the moment and that’s Cheick Tiote, who has been trying to leave for two years now and get his career back on track at some other club.
Newcastle are still hoping a deal can be made for Cheick to a UAE club, with the transfer window still open there for a few weeks yet.
Cheick Tiote – trying to find a club
Rafa Benitez has already said Newcastle are trying to get a deal done, as he has said this to the local press:
“I think it’s not the ideal situation at the moment, but hopefully in the next few days we can find something – something that will be good for him and good for us.”
“We know that he could have gone. He had some chances, but in the end he is here now, and still we have the market in the Emirates open.”
“So we have to wait and see if we can find a solution for him that will be good for him and for us. If we cannot, then still I am happy with him because he’s a good player.”
“He’s training really well.”
If Newcastle cannot offload Cheick we think Rafa will just keep him as part of the Newcastle first team squad until January, since he is a good hard worker in training and Rafa seems to have no problem with him at the club.
Tiote was signed from FC Twente in the summer of 2010 for £3.5M and he has played 153 times for Newcastle with that one goal.
That was the superb equalizer in the fantastic 4-4 come-from-behind (4-0 behind) draw against Arsenal in February of 2011 – hte greatest comeback ever in the Premier League.
We hope for Cheick’s sake he can get a move to another club.