Not Much Of A Future For This Newcastle Midfielder

Cheick Tiote has been trying to leave Newcastle now for at least two years and a big move to China broke down last January and his proposed move to Galatasaray in Turkey in late August also broke down at the last moment.

And since the transfer window has now closed in Qatar, Cheick will be with us until at least January when the transfer window opens again.

Rafa Benitez has been happy to have Cheick train with the first team squad, because he gives 100% in training and he will be integrated into the first team squad until January.


Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle

But whether the midfielder signed from FC Twente six years ago for £3.5M will play again for the Magpies is a good question.

Cheick made a short sub appearance at Villa Park and that’s been his only contribution to the first team this season.

This is what Rafa has said about Cheick’s future:

“He is training very well and I would like to give him a chance before January,”

“His mentality is fine and I’m pleased with him.” “I was considering putting him in the squad for Preston.”

“But that would mean leaving someone else out which would not be fair.”

Since Cheick’s contract runs out next June, Newcastle will probably offer him for transfer at a nominal fee in January and maybe even consider letting him go as a free agent at that time to get his wages off the books?

With Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback and others like Mo Diame able to play in central midfield, it doesn’t look like Cheick has much of a future at Newcastle.

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13 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Didn’t think the train would depart that quickly!! 🙂

    Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 28, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    OK here’s my audition article.

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    Oh woe cried the shepherd, my flock no longer follow me, if only some one would give me a load of money to buy my fertile pastures.

    The ogre thought what a wonderful idea and gave the shepherd loads of money and was a little confused as he ran off into the night cackling manically.

    Now he thought the best way to manage my sheep is to buy a young virile buck let it spread a bit of it’s seed and then sell it for a massive profit.

    Using a succession of new sheepherders this plan had limited success as non of them really knew what they were doing.

    This made the Ogre very angry and the sheep very upset, as his great plans slowly fell apart, and his flock began to look second rate.

    In desperation the Ogre sought out a famous shepherd to try and save his flock and after a disheartening set back he began to succeed.

    The ogre was so happy with this he allowed the great Shephard freedom to practice his own special magical powers and the flock became the best in the land and everyone lived happily ever after.

    The end.

    Or is it?

    29Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 28, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    I’ll probably need to repost that as everyone has gone to bed.

  • JamesToon

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #2


    I really hope your right

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I predict that unless we have a massive run of injuries he will never play a first team game for us again.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #4

    And on that note I wish anyone still awake good night and as it is now Friday in the UK, here’s to a good win for us tomorrow.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Which incidentally is my 49th wedding anniversary.

    Where has the time gone?

  • Graeme

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #6

    EGB – Nice one mate lol

  • Graeme

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    EGB – Many Congratulations to you and your Missus.
    Have a great anniversary.

  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #8


    Belated best wishes to you abx your good lady. She must have a heart of gold and the patience of a saint to have lasted 49 years with you. 😀

    Enjoy your day.

  • Big Archie

    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I found it very interesting that everything Rafa said was positive, yet you managed to turn it into all negative.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #10

    “Lest We Forget Our Fallen Comrade, Geordie Two”

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Re GeordieTwo

    I see he still can’t spell McClaren – “Steve McLaren”!

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Tiote surely isn’t finished at Newcastle. He is good enough to be given the chance to contribute this season and even earn a contract extension based on the way he finished last season and what we know he’s capable of.

    Wouldn’t a midfield four of Shelvey, Hayden, Colback and Tiote be very good in the epl if surrounded by similar quality.

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 28, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Congratulations Essex, 49 years, you must have been one of those child marriages? 😉


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