Cheick Tiote is very likely to stay at Newcastle until at least January, with the transfer window in the United Arab Emirates closing today.
Nothing seems to be in the offing so the 30 year-old midfielder, who has tried to leave Newcastle for two years now, is still a Newcastle player with his contract running out next June.
Cheick Tiote – at Newcastle until at least January
There’s a decent chance he could leave in the January transfer window and we believe that Rafa Benitez will now integrate him into the squad, but how many games he will get by January is a good question.
Rafa has Jack Colback, young Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey whom he has used in the central midfield positions and all three are playing very well and know Rafa’s system well and what is expected of them.
They are also the future of Newcastle.
But Rafa is an admirer of the 52 times capped Ivory Coast international, because of his experience and because he works very hard in training.
Rafa says Cheick has even been a fairly positive influence even though he is trying to leave Newcastle.
Cheick was signed for £3.5M from FC Twente back in August of 2010, just after we had been promoted back to the Premier League.
This is what Rafa said recently about the vastly experienced International midfielder:
“He’s training really well, so I just told him ‘look, just wait a little bit, keep training hard and then we can decide’.”
“He’s a player who still has something to offer.”
Cheick is one more player who can help us through the end of the year in the very heavy schedule of the Championship – where we have three games to play in the next nine days.
Next up is Ipswich Town on Saturday at home.