By Coral Barry
Reports have claimed that Cheick Tiote is on the verge of a big money move to the United Emirates – and the majority of Newcastle fans have wished him good luck.
That might be because Tiote has been nowhere near the player that bossed the Premier League when Newcastle finished fifth in 2012.
It appeared Tiote’s time at the club was over earlier in the year. He was on the cusp of a transfer to China in January and got hardly any reaction to his proposed move or subsequent return.
It appeared that Newcastle had moved on from the once fan-favoruite Tiote, and now it seems as though the midfielder is finally set to follow suit.
Will not have a bad word to say about Cheik Tiote. Would have liked him to stay but feel his time is probably up here. #NUFC
— Michael (@rooney03) July 26, 2016
Tiote Cheicks out of town.
Until today I thought Al Jazira was a terrorist group. #nufc
— Mike Ashley (@MoneyMikeAshley) July 26, 2016
Tiote going? For the first couple of years he was a monster, massive influence on the team that finished 5th. Good luck! #NUFC ◼️◻️⚽️
— Jordan Knill (@Kniller_) July 26, 2016
I will be sad to see Tiote go. A cracking servant to #NUFC
— Rob M (@GeordieRobM) July 26, 2016
Tiote to be £4m a year!? Lol #NUFC
— NUFC Follower (@NUFCFollower) July 26, 2016
Tiote has been at St James’ Park since 2010 and has made over 150 appearances for the club, but struggled for consistency and fitness since sustaining a serious knee injury in February 2015.
He will probably be best remembered for that equaliser against Arsenal in 2011 to make it 4-4 in the 87th minute.
This tweet below probably sums up how most Newcastle fans feel about the possibility of the 30-year-old leaving the club.
Definitely the right time to move Tiote on. That equaliser against Arsenal in the gallowgate will never be forgotten #NUFC
— Lee Embleton (@embleton01) July 26, 2016
In other Newcastle news, a young Magpie wants to be the captain next season.