With Cheick Tiote not on the plane yesterday to the US and certainly not injured, most fans put two and two together and got four – or was it five?
It was thought that was a good indication that he would be leaving the club in the summer.
And Cheick himself had played only 12 games for us all last season and missed nearly all the second half of the season, when he was injured at the African Cup of Nations playing for Ivory Coast.
Cheick Tiote – couldn’t get visa – down but not out
But there’s news coming in from Steve McClaren in the Shields Gazette, that Tiote was not allowed into the US, because he couldn’t get a valid visa to gain entry.
McClaren referred to that as ¨visa complications.¨
It’s though that was because Tiote was given 180 hours of community service and a seven-month sentence – suspended for two years – back in October 2013, after admitting possession of a fake driving licence.
So that’s why he is not in the party – and it does say that he could still have a future at Newcastle.
Although Cheick has seemingly been keen to leave the club, with McClaren coming in and Newcastle becoming (much) more ambitious these days, he may want to stay on Tyneside at least for next season.
Cheick still has two years left on his lucrative Newcastle contract.
The 29 year-old should be playing in the remaining pre-season fixtures, once the Newcastle squad return a week on Wednesday from their three match American tour.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|