Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton can be credited with making one of the buys of the season, the £3.5 million pounds spent on Cheik Tiote has proven to be a fantastic piece of business. The tenacious Ivorian has made an instant impression on the Premier League, not to mention a long list of his fellow professionals’ shins with his no nonsense tackling. After the 1-1 draw with Blackpool on Saturday, Newcastle have all but secured their Premiership status and the role played by Tiote has been instrumental in aiding this process. As well as his dogged determination, a trait that has endeared his to the St James’ faithful, Tiote is also blessed with a cool head when in possession. His slick passing and ability to break up opposition attacks makes him the all round package for a holding midfielder. Therefore, if Newcastle are to build on this season they need to ensure Tiote remains a Magpie over the summer.
Although the player himself has no intention of leaving the club, his quality has not gone unnoticed by Premier League big boys Chelsea and Manchester United. With United reportedly in the market for a new centre midfielder over the summer Tiote has all the attributes to slot into a top four side. Having signed a new six year deal in February ought to be enough to reassure the fans Tiote will be spending his future on Tyneside. Unfortunately we all know that’s not how it always pans out, you only have to look at the Andy Carroll transfer. Upon signing for Liverpool the former Newcastle number nine maintained he had never wanted to leave the club and his hand had been forced. Newcastle can expect their fax machine to be busy with enquiries for the resolute Cheik Tiote over the summer and my worry would be, what if a similar outcome to that of Carroll transpires?
In his first season in England Tiote has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. His combative style of play has suited the English game to a tee and his twelve yellow cards have shown his willingness to put his foot in. You’d be hard pressed to find a Newcastle fan who hasn’t been delighted from what they have seen from the tough tackling Ivorian. There are no doubts over Tiote’s dedication to the club, and this article has mainly been an endorsement towards an essential player for Newcastle’s future. I hope Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley wouldn’t be stupid enough to listen to any potential offers for him over the summer. With £35 million available to spend I’d implore Newcastle to buy top class players, not sell one.
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