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.