The exact same thing is happening in this transfer window that happened last January that Cheick Tiote is trying to a make a move away from Newcastle but for one reason or another it may not happen.
In January Tiote was almost certain to leave to join a Chinese Super League club but it didn’t happen and so he stayed at Newcastle and Rafa used him in the side towards the end of last season.
The UAE transfer window is still open for a few weeks, so we suppose Tiote could still leave Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – could yet stay – could yet go
And Tiote made his first appearance of the season in the second half yesterday and given his lack of match practice he did well.
Rafa was asked about the Ivorian and this is what the manager said when asked it Tiote could stay:
“To be fair, I still don’t know.” “We knew we had a problem in the middle because Jack had a little problem in the last training session and we didn’t want to take a risk.”
“So we decided to bring in Cheick, he is training really well.” “You could think maybe he won’t have the match fitness.”
“And we knew if we did have to use him it could be no longer than 15 minutes.” “He did well.” “The transfer window is still open in the UAE.”
“If somebody comes in with an offer we will analyse it.”
“If not, I am happy because he is a competitive player.”
If Cheick stays it seems certain that Rafa will want to use him in the team and utilize his vast experience.
The 30 year-old will be good in the second division and he trains extremely well as Rafa has said ever since the Spanish manager arrived on Tyneside.
Cheick is in the last year of his contract at Newcastle and if he doesn’t move in January he will become a free agent next summer.