Let’s hope that things go ok on the pitch in January because while the transfer window is open I’m afraid it could be a nervous time off it.

After something like the Andy Carroll transfer happens, you can hardly sleep soundly no matter how many times player, manager, whoever says they (the player) aren’t leaving.

Alan Pardew has make it perfectly clear that he doesn’t want Cheick Tiote to leave, the player has yet again came out and stated;

“I am flattered by clubs interested….when teams such as Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Manchester United are interested in you it makes you think twice, but I love Newcastle, I belong to Newcastle and I enjoy my life here”.

No matter how many times things are said though, what if a ‘daft’ offer comes in? What you would consider ‘daft’ is different for everybody, could be £15m/£20m/£25m, whatever price it would mean losing a key player.

A lot of fans have had their expectations and self-respect battered down into an acceptance that Newcastle have become a club who aren’t now able to hang onto players if a ‘big’ club comes along.

Nothing has changed for me at Newcastle United, this is a huge club with even bigger untapped potential. We aren’t Blackburn, Aston Villa, Bolton or indeed, sunderland.

The only thing we can’t currently offer at St.James’ Park is trophies and that will only ever change when Newcastle United retain their best players and use them as a foundation to build on.

  • Wilbur1979

    We will never win anything as long as I live if we start selling players like tiote. We got away with Carroll, Barton and Nolan but we won’t if we sell anyone else. Who would be next, ba? Cabaye?

  • Anonymous

    We desperately need to hang on to Tiote. we cannot be seen as a stepping stone for some players and a selling club. Unfortunately with Ashley at the helm that’s what we are.

  • bigballsupthehole

    Anyone, and I mean anyone is for sale under FCB’s regime.
    I would be surprised if Tiote is still with us after January, and I wouldn’t rule out a few others being sold either to smaller clubs for decent dough.

  • Wardy 1963

    Having watched tonight’s game, I really couldn’t care if he left. I will try to get round to a new thread. He is a complete shadow of the player who took the league by storm last season. Whose fault is that? He missed pre-season, but walked (badly) into the team. He had weeks out injured, and walke (very badly) again into the team. His ball retention is terrible, and his pass completion even worse – if that’s possible. So, either he gets back to showing last season’s form, or he can go for the daft money being quoted. Personally, I think he needs some time in the reserves to get game time under his belt. I know lots will disagree with this, but he is one of a number of players who are getting picked week after week and do not deserve their place. That includes Obertan and Simpson (how weak is the right side?)