Pardew Admits Cheick Tiote WAS Unsettled In The Summer
Despite denials in the summer, Alan Pardew has now admitted that Cheick Tiote WAS unsettled in the summer due to transfer interest from elsewhere. Why the United boss has chosen to raise this subject now, is also a bit of a strange one with enough pressure hanging over everybody at the club already.
While many supporters suspected the club were trying to sell the midfielder, the club did little to reassure fans that Tiote remaining at St.James’ Park was a sure thing.
He was named in the squad for the trip to New Zealand yet never turned up, again with no explanation from the club. Then he sat on the bench against Malaga in the Schalke Cup despite pretty much all the other outfield subs getting a run out.
Then despite Alan Pardew claiming that Tiote shouldn’t even travel due to lack of fitness, the player linked up with the Ivory Coast and played two full games in only four days, despite not playing a minute for United this season previous to that trip earlier this month.
“We obviously had a team fighting for his (Cheick Tiote’s) services but the finance was never really in place.
“I think he is happy at this club but it was a period of being unsettled for him.”
The Newcastle manager has also now said that Tiote’s contract situation needs sorting out by this summer. A bit of a surprise if his contract is a big issue at this point considering he still has three years left on his current one.
There is also the fact that the midfielder will be thirty one when this current deal ends, so I can’t see Mike Ashley being too keen to extend it much further, especially for an all action midfielder whose mobility is likely to decline with age. I fit is simply a case of the player potentially wanting more money, then on that front as well Ashley has tended to stick his heels in pretty much every time.
“I think for sure his contract situation needs to be resolved at the end of the season. Probably towards the back end of the season we will have to start talking to his representatives.”
Pardew says he is desperate to keep such a ‘big’ player at the club and is keen to list his attributes;
“You need big players at this football club, I love him. He is everything that you want in a Newcastle player.
“He has the quality and you will never underestimate the fact that he wants to win – that is something we have to be very careful about on training days…
“Young players here need to take a big leaf out of his book in terms of how he approaches training and games.”
I think Cheick Tiote is by some distance Newcastle’s best midfield player and after the loss of Yohan Cabaye, it would be disastrous if we lost his former sidekick as well.
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