Shock news out of St James’ Park this morning as Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias admits the club may sell Cheik Tiote this summer. Tiote has been one of the stand-out midfielders in the Premier League since his move from FC Twente and talk of a move to a bigger club has followed.
Worryingly for Newcastle fans this doesn’t seem to be your average back page gossip, as Llambias stated: “We’ll be losing one or two names this summer, but that’ll be regenerated back into the squad [...] How are we going to stop a big club from coming in for him? It’ll be very hard.”
Tiote is a huge fan favourite on Tyneside and should he leave the club any time soon, the backlash from the fans will be fierce. But this seems to be the norm now at Newcastle.
As soon as the club appears to be approaching some form stability, the owners make a decision that sours the relationship with the fans. From the sale of Andy Carroll to the renaming of St James’ Park, one can’t help but feel that upheaval is just around the corner.
Will the sale of Cheik Tiote be the next source of discontent amongst the club’s support? How will the club reinvest the money? What would the sale say about Newcastle’s ambitions and the prospects of keeping hold of the likes of Ba and Cabaye?
These are all important questions that will need to be answered, but for the Geordie faithful, they are questions that shouldn’t be being asked.
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