Will Cheick Tiote leave Newcastle?

A summer packed with transfer activity has created huge excitement and anticipation across Newcastle fans who believe the club can mount a serious challenge for major honours in 2014/2015. The Toon Army have become used to sporadic signings here and there over the last few years, but no less than nine few faces have come through the doors at St. James’ Park as Alan Pardew has actively sought to improve the quality at his disposal. The quality of new acquisitions has improved Newcastle’s odds with http://www.bookies.com to enjoy success in 2014/2015, with the Capital One Cup or FA Cup being realistic aims.

Signing the likes of Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong and Daryl Janmaat illustrates a statement of intent from Newcastle that they not only want to remain competitive in the Premier League, but to further establish themselves as a top ten side that could, one day, challenge for a top four finish. It is where every Newcastle fan believes the club should be, but making it a reality depends on the quality of marquee signings and keeping hold of key players. The latter certainly applies to Cheick Tiote who has established himself as an important part of Newcastle’s midfield since his arrival from FC Twente in 2010. Speculation continues to exist over his future on Tyneside, with Lokomotiv Moscow the latest club to show an interest in the tenacious Ivorian’s services. Fans would loathe losing one of their favourite players who always gives his all in the black and white shirt, although Pardew may have to reluctantly let Tiote leave if he wants to move to a bigger club.

Why Newcastle should keep Tiote

Maintaining a strong, powerful presence in midfield is one of the most important qualities to establish and maintain in the Premier League, as it is the area on the pitch where matches can be won or lost. Remy Cabella and Jack Colback have added more strength in depth and quality to Newcastle’s midfield area, but the role played by Tiote is crucial to how the team play. His qualities are perfect for breaking up attacks and providing the defence with a strong shield they can depend on. Although Tiote offers little in the way of an attacking threat, despite his wonder goal against Arsenal in the famous 4-4 drew at St. James’ Park, his range of passing is effective in keeping possession, starting attacks and providing the more creative players with the service they need. Although Moussa Sissoko is more than capable than being a powerful presence in midfield, Tiote is more defensive-minded and suited to putting in the hard yards as a ball-winning midfielder that is willing to put his body on the line.

Lokomotiv Moscow

Moving to Russia would seem an illogical move for a player who has often been linked with a transfer away from Newcastle in the past, and deserves to play at a higher level. Lokomotiv Moscow may be on the lookout for a new midfield enforcer if former Chelsea and Portsmouth player Lassana Diarra moves to Napoli; he is one of a number of defensive midfielders Rafa Benitez is looking at bringing to Serie A. Targeting a player like Tiote seems logical from Lokomotiv’s perspective, but letting him go would not be in the best interest of Newcastle if they have real ambitions of enjoying a successful season in the Premier League and domestic cup competitions.

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