Transfer Deadline Passes Today For This International

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.

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47 comments so far

  • toonking

    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Has ashley accepted the new way the club should be run or has he plain and simply had enough of it’s new structure already?

    We did have lots of bids turned down last time we got relegated so without a full story it’s hard to say whether or not he refused to sell or the price was just too small.

    On a different note it might not be too long before he’ll struggle to make much cash during premier league campaigns because stories of potential to host the CL in USA tells me UFEA haven’t changed one bit still putting money before football and it’s fans, it makes that european league look more likely than ever.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Rooney starting tonight.

  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Ibizatoon; I do not recall referencing your name, I usually don’t – so thankfully do not reference mine.

    I am sure there are others that will/do appreciate your ‘playful’ wordplay, but for me… I have no interest in communicating with you.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Enter he-who-shall-be-nameless.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Ancient…You didn’t reference anyone’s name, just put something on a public blog, which I questioned. Where’s the problem? Did my post come across rude or aggressive? Was just chatting.

    Anyway, as you were. No harm done.

  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibizatoon: you clearly do not remember some of arguments made by those who fought (especially over advertising) Ashley’s corner. I do not “reference anyone’s name”, because they are not here to defend themselves at this moment in time.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Not sure that I want a Chinese takeover of the club.

    Ashley actually seems to be doing the right things, so upsetting the current status quo could be a negative move.

    At least he’s the devil we know.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Ancient…I simply didn’t understand what point you were trying to make. Possibly because you weren’t being overly informative, nor actually mentioning who it is you’re talking about.

    If that’s because they’re not logged in at the minute, fine, but I still don’t know why you felt the need to be rude to me, based on my initial response to you.

    Essex…It’s been a while, but for now I’m more or less happy enough with the “better the devil you know” scenario. Things are moving in the right direction. Whether the intention to keep that momentum going is genuine, we’ll have to deal with as and when. Fingers crossed.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley has clearly stated that the club is not for sale until we win something or qualify for the Champions League. Not at any price.

  • jackball

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Call be wrong, it would probably be fair, but I would be greatly upset if the team was owned by a Chinese company

    I also do not dislike Tiote, thought he gave some good efforts, but wish we got a deal for him done

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Louise Taylors at it again:

    If he is unlikely to supplant the technically assured Vurnon Anita as his club manager’s favourite player, Shelvey has become that rarity in a Benítez squad: a player who does not find himself subjected to regular rotation.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #12

    jack…I suppose it comes down to why you’d be greatly upset. There is something to be said about understanding the history and psyche of the club, which is crucial if it were to be a happy relationship.

    Not sure that just goes for the Chinese though.

    On Tiote, I don’t dislike him either. He was a big player for us, should have moved on by now though. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s played at all before the next window.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 20, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    maybe tiote and colback can have a
    who can get the most yellow cards comp

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #14

    A lot of differing opinions and truth in the comments section of the Guardian article. This one made me laugh:

    “Whenever watching Shelvey, I’ve never been able to escape the imagery of this quote I once read: “He spends most of the game panicking from box to box, like a spooked ostrich in a house of mirrors”.”

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #15

    beermonkey…We’ll have to get martoon to add it to the blogs predictions 🙂

    Lindisfarne…Good read, thanks for sharing. I’ve never been a real fan of Shelveys, clearly had talent, but seemed too hit and miss from what I had seen (which was limited). Delighted with his current form and obviously am behind the lad and hoping it continues.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Well if his current form is a state of panic, long may it continue. 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #17

    I would like to see Shelvey at #10 maybe swapping with Diame, or #10.5 behind two strikers.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #18

    “Fenerbahce centre half Martin Skrtel is wearing a mask to protect his face. It is a little Hannibal Lecter.”

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Lindisfarne…Just read a comment on there from “SpamDuster”. I wont post it as some of the content is rather rude (amusing to me in this instance).

    I seem to have missed the Liverpool vs Man U game back in 2012 where Shelvey had some words with Alex Ferguson.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Its an old quote and does not relate as much to his current form. But the quote is highly illustrative and amusing in its analogy.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #21


    Thanks for that, I vaguely remember it and the fact Fergie said that he liked “his spirit”.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Tiote will be back in the shop window in January but I can’t see him getting many chances to display his wares.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Two penalties for Manure!

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 20, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Was like a morgue at OT until they scored.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Tiote’s game time will probably be as a sub in Cup games – no a lot but better than being a Mackem

  • lochinvar

    Oct 20, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Talk of Ashley and Chinese consortiums trying to buy the club is just off the mark. It’s lazy journos because Short down the road is trying to sell the unwashed to them for £150m – half the price Ashley is likely to deal at.
    Quite week on the football front obviously

  • beermonkey

    Oct 20, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #27

    quiet on here tonight

    wonder how jail got on
    is he at home curled up on the sofa with his misses rubbing his belly


    Oct 20, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Can Chinese consortium’s only be interested in 1 club? A few teams are now owned by Chinese interests and if ur looking at buying clubs why wouldnt they want a big one who has just been relegated meaning they could be cheaper?

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 20, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29


    Haven’t four championship teams just been bought by Chinese consortiums?

    Perhaps there may be some truth to it.

    I personally think there just making it up because of what happened last time we got relegated and because these consortiums are buying now.

    2+2 = story time.

    Let’s go crazy.

    On the shelvey discussion and getting sent off against manure, Fcukoff fergie you old burst blood vessel nosed cnut.

    I think jonjo should of used that.

    Much more fitting.

    Let’s hope his improved form isn’t a false dawn and he slips back into his old ways.

    He’s got the talent now he needs to showcase it consistently.


  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 20, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #30


    Jail will be fine, i bet he’s tucked up in bed with his Ålan Pardew and Mike Ashley teddy bears, bless him.

  • Tsunki

    Oct 20, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #31

    The main reason why Chinese Consortiums want to buy up clubs is to close the loop on betting. They’ve been caught rigging the lower leagues with their underhand jiggery pokery, but actually owning a slew of clubs is a more solid route to fixing results reliably. Allegedly of course.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #32

    There is a massive amount of wealth in China, and a variety of reasons to want to get it out of the yuan and into foreign markets and currencies. Sovereign risk upper most among them.

    Multi million dollar residences are bought in Sydney and Melbourne by Chinese investors for example and are never occupied. It would not surprise at all if Chinese capital was sniffing around Newcastle, particularly given the low pound and money set to pour in to the EPL.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Have you seen the number of teams playing in the Europa league? It’s absurd that the “17th richest club in Europe” can so rarely be a part of it.

  • Belfast

    Oct 20, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Mental image of Jail walking around the house like John Wayne.

    Oooooh ahhhhhhh eeeeeeeeee oooooh ahhhhhhh eeeeeeeeee jeeeeeeeeesus Christ.

  • expatmag

    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #35


    or lying back on the settee whilst his missus is icing his nether regions……

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #36

    I suppose Tiote falls into the Widjnaldum, Sissoko, Janmaat, Cisse, Collocini group of good players with suspect commitment to the cause, but the only one we couldn’t ship out.

    Interestingly he was one who was brought back in by Benitez in the oh so close run in, where we and he performed really well.

    Tiote and Shelvey is potentially so far and away the best central midfield partnership in the league that it will be interesting to see if Tiote isn’t given the chance to grab the shirt for one last season, or even earn a one year extension.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #37

    I see Facunda Fereia scored tonight, seems to have found some form which is more than he ever did for us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #38

    I remember getting the snip donkeys years ago in I think it was Newcastle General, the worst bit is that you are awake with just a divider between you and what is going on.

    Felt like I’d been kicked in the b*llocks for about 2 days but it was OK after that.

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2016 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #39


    Yes, that Louise Talor article’s a good one and it looks as though Rafa’s skills as a coach are bearing fruit with Shlevey.

  • toonincheek

    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #40


    You probably know by now the snip isn’t as bad as some people like to have fun in saying. (unless the surgeon was a mackem!)

    Must be the best part of 40 years agoi now sonce my snip – probably the auld Preston Hospital – now long gone.

    Any problems are mental/physcological.

    Some feel they can’t perform, “firing blanks”.

    Others (including myself) take great comfort in knowing they can enjoy the act but are not going to create another life.


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