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Men's Premier Reebok Andrej Nestrasil Black Third Jersey - #15 NHL Carolina Hurricanes Joe Hart has admitted he has no idea where he will be playing his club football next season with no firm offers having been lodged for his services, but is confident Manchester City will not price him out of the market as he seeks a fresh start this summer. The England goalkeeper, who will sit out the friendly fixture against France in Paris on Tuesday with Gareth Southgate expected to offer Jack Butland a first appearance in 15 months, Adidas Nestrasil Jersey Authentic Jersey was a high-profile early victim of Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the Etihad Stadium and has just completed a season-long loan at Torino in Serie A. The Italian club are not seeking to make that transfer permanent, with the coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, suggesting they cannot afford Hart’s £110,000-a-week wages, but Hart has not spoken personally to anyone at City since rejoining the ranks. The club have since signed the uncapped Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £35m to leave Hart in no doubt that he has no future at the club he joined 11 years ago. No clubs have crystallised their interest as yet, and it may be that Hart has to accept an opportunity outside the elite bracket, and potentially a pay cut, at the likes of West Ham United, Everton, Newcastle United or Crystal Palace if he is to secure a move to another Premier League side. “Something’s going to happen, one way or another, but it’s almost in the hands of the businessmen now,” he said. “They have obviously signed the new keeper, and I get the direction [in which they are moving]. There is no real need for me to talk to them. I’m lucky enough to have management who deal with that side of things. I think they spoke to my agent. There is no animosity between the two teams; they are going about their business, and we are going to go about ours. “Look, I would love to give you a poker-straight answer as to where I’ll be next season, but I’ve got nothing at the moment. I’d love to be ‘withholding information’ about my future, but I don’t have the information to withhold. People are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focused on international duty. Come Tuesday night, after that is when conversations can be had and people can start being real. My personal situation is interesting, and patience is going to have to be the key.” City have now spent more than £50m on Ederson and Claudio Bravo since Guardiola determined Hart’s distribution from the back was not of the standard he required, and that pair are now competing for the No1 jersey at the Etihad. Asked if he knew what the club’s asking price for him would be, Hart said: “I don’t know exactly. Adidas Alex Authentic Jersey It’s hard to say what is ‘realistic’. Football is a business, at the end of the day. You can’t judge, realistically. The millions and zillions of pounds that get paid for someone to come and play football for you, in the real world, is strange. In the business world, the football world, it’s not. “But I certainly don’t think they are going to try and price me out of a move. I think there’s enough respect between the player and club to work together. There’s no point in working against [each other]. There is no animosity between the two. They are going in their direction and I need to go in mine. It’s about what is considered to be market value and what gets agreed between the two clubs.” Yet Hart, who kept five clean sheets in 36 games for Torino and was criticised by the club president, Urbano Cairo, who claimed to have been “surprised” at the number of mistakes the goalkeeper made, has conceded his departure will have to be on a permanent move. “If the switch is what needs to happen, and that’s key, then we all need stability in our life,” he said. “I’m not a kid any more. I can’t just pack my stuff, like a 17 or 19-year-old, and go on loan. I am a 30-year-old man with stuff I need to organise. I like stability.” “There is an ideal situation to come out of this but nothing is perfect. It’s a short career and football is crazy, so I have to be prepared for anything. I just want to play football. I love football. It’s what I live and breathe, and I want to play football at the highest possible level I can play. That’s the plan.” The England goalkeeper was beaten by two late Leigh Griffiths free-kicks at Hampden Park on Saturday, before Harry Kane salvaged a point in stoppage time, and his absence at the Stade de France will be one of a number of changes to Southgate’s side. Butland has not represented his country since fracturing his ankle in a friendly win in Germany in March 2016 and is likely to start, with Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton also in the squad.
Men's Replica Majestic Babe Ruth Navy Blue Alternate Jersey - #3 MLB Atlanta Braves Cool Base Chris Coleman has admitted that the pain of losing 6-1 against Serbia five years ago will never leave him as the Wales manager returns to the country for a crucial World Cup qualifier in Belgrade with a warning for his players that they need to deal with a hostile atmosphere and those periods when their opponents are enjoying a “power play”. Sitting third in Group D and trailing Serbia and the Republic of Ireland by four points with five matches remaining, Wales have little margin for error on Sunday night in Belgrade, where a defeat would leave their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia hanging by a thread. The task is made considerably harder because Coleman will be without Gareth Bale, his most influential player, through suspension as well as Neil Taylor, A'Shawn Robinson Authentic Jersey who is serving a two-match ban. To compound matters, Hal Robson-Kanu withdrew from the squad on Thursday and added his name to an injury list that includes James Collins, Andy King and Ben Woodburn, leaving Wales looking rather depleted, especially in attack. Although Coleman refuses to be downbeat and remains sanguine about the team’s prospects in Belgrade and beyond, he is prepared for the fact that Serbia will evoke some painful memories. The Wales manager admitted that everything came flooding back when he paid a visit to the country in March. “It was only a recce but I had butterflies in my stomach: ‘Here we go, I remember this place,’” Coleman said, recalling the chastening defeat in Novi Sad that led to many Wales supporters calling for his resignation. “I can’t say this is another game in the group because it’s not for more than one reason. And one of the reasons is that [game in 2012]. I suffered there, we suffered there – and it was my fault. That will never leave me. Nor should it. It will be like that if I went back to Belgrade with my wife for the weekend. “But I can’t wait for this game. I know it’s going to be tough but I like meeting those challenges. With Balo in the team or not, I can’t guarantee a win. And we’re desperate for a win. But what we must do is perform. We have to stand up to them and not go away with our tails between our legs having missed the game, because that’s unacceptable. I won’t accept that, but I don’t expect it from these players. For some time now they’ve stepped up to the mark.” Although Coleman admitted Wales would miss the experience and knowhow the absent senior players could have provided, he pointed to the presence of Ashley Williams, Authentic Babe Ruth Youth Jersey the captain he described as a “natural born leader”, to set an example to others that they must “do anything but turn away from the challenge”. Coleman added: “You go to these places and it’s almost like there’s a stage in the game where there’s a power play. All of a sudden, from wherever it comes, the crowd start getting really rowdy, the opposition up the tempo for five or 10 minutes and they bombard you. You stand up to it or you duck it. There’s no third option. “This will come in Belgrade, I know it will before we kick a ball, and that’s what we’ll talk about with our players. You need to answer all the questions physically, mentally and tactically. It’s international football, your country against their country. It’s not war but it’s what you stand up for and what they stand up for and bang, it comes together. Something’s got to give and it’s whoever’s capable or not of mentally standing up to it.”
Youth Adam Eaton Replica Red Majestic Jersey: MLB Washington Nationals #2 Alternate Cool Base It is when Dele Alli pulls up his chair and starts to reminisce about his younger days that it becomes apparent, contrary to the image he may project, it has not been an entirely seamless rise to put him the position where he is today – a footballer of rare quality, England international, superstar in the making. Two months after turning 21, he is thinking back to his days in the academy at Milton Keynes Dons, when he was trying to make a name for himself as a striker. Just not very successfully, as it turned out, judging by his memories of being removed from the team and told he might have to think again. “I was on the bench a lot in the under-13s and then the manager [Dan Micciche] took the decision to pull me back and put me just in front of the defence. Ben Revere Authentic Jersey I wasn’t as physically strong as the other boys at the age. He said it was so I could get more space, so I didn’t have to worry about the physical battles and could just focus on my strengths, which at the time were getting on the ball and passing.” The transition into a more attacking player came when he broke into the first team and, again, when he moved to Tottenham, where he recalls it feeling “strange to be playing so high up the pitch again” and the first call-up from England arrived after six Premier League appearances – a decision that prompted something close to ridicule at the time. Roy Hodgson might not have got everything right as England manager, but nobody should question why he fast-tracked the player who is now the subject of rumoured interest from some of Europe’s superpowers and has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association young player of the year for the past two seasons. Yes, he was part of the England side that disintegrated against Iceland last summer but there can be no doubt he is one of the players Gareth Southgate wants to shape his team around. Alli will win his 18th cap when England renew acquaintances with Scotland at Hampden Park and it does not need long in his company to realise he is perfectly at ease with his elevated new status. “I heard someone use this line about something else – that it’s unbelievable, yet believable at the same time. When it’s happening, there are moments when you can’t believe this is happening, but then I think: ‘I’ve worked so hard for so long – so it is believable.’ I wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly but you can’t wait for time and when you get chucked in at the deep end you have to make sure you take the chance.” He sounds supremely confident but grounded, too, smiling shyly when it is pointed out he has a better goals and assists record than Paul Scholes or Steven Gerrard at the same age and noting he has “a lot to achieve before I can start thinking I’m as good as them”. Carl Banks Womens Jersey Later he chastises himself for starting last season slowly – a hangover, he says, from the club’s unsuccessful pursuit of Leicester City and the ordeal of Euro 2016, a tournament he would sooner forget. “It wasn’t really until I come back here [with England], and Gareth coming in, that I’ve even talked about it,” he says of that Iceland game. “Until then you don’t really want to talk about it, or even think about it, because it’s such a hard thing. “It still makes your heart go and, even now, you get a lump in your throat but it’s important, as a team, that when something like that happens you need to go through it and see where we went wrong. I’m sure Gareth is aware of how hard it is to talk about it as players, with it being such a low point in our careers, but it’s important that we do go to those dark places.” His analysis of last season is that Spurs were “phenomenal”, even if they do not have any silverware to show for it, but it is tempting to wonder what he makes of the idea of a move abroad. “People get too worried about where they are going to end up sometimes, then lose focus on the journey and don’t enjoy it. I’m signed to Tottenham and I’m enjoying it. “Who knows where I am going to end up, whether I stay at Tottenham for the rest of my career or if I do happen to go somewhere else. I’m sure if it happens, if I do go somewhere else, it will be at a time when I think that’s what’s needed. But I am just looking forward to enjoying the journey.”
Men's Majestic Washington Nationals #6 Anthony Rendon Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB Jersey Diego Costa’s decision to make public a text message exchange with Antonio Conte, in which the Italian apparently confirmed the striker has no future with Chelsea, could end up costing the Premier League champions millions of pounds with potential suitors now aware the Spain forward is unsettled at Stamford Bridge. Costa, who is with his national squad having played a significant part in his club side’s title success, has said he will “have to find a way out” given his relationship with Conte and the club has effectively fractured beyond repair. Yet Chelsea have made clear to the 28-year-old that he will not be permitted to negotiate his own exit and, instead, the club will take the lead in overseeing the departure of a player whose contract has two years to run. Chelsea had initially hoped to sell Costa to Tianjin Quanjian for £76m but their chances of generating such a mind-boggling fee, Bryant Reeves Womens Jersey which could have been reinvested in the pursuit of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, have been complicated by the player’s comments to the media after Spain’s draw with Colombia on Wednesday night. The striker had suggested his relationship with Conte “has been bad this season” before relaying a text exchange between the pair. “I’m going to be honest, the other day Conte sent me a message saying he does not count on me for next season,” Costa said in the mixed zone, “so I’ll have to find a way out.” The fact the striker has made clear he has been told he can leave would appear to undermine Chelsea’s bargaining position with possible buyers. Costa could even pursue the payment of a loyalty bonus if sold given he has not formally asked for a transfer and has been told the club are actively looking to move him on. It is understood Conte had sent an initial message detailing what he expected of the player in terms of fitness work over the summer, with the indifferent tone of Costa’s response apparently prompting a follow-up which cast doubt on the player’s future. The pair’s relationship has been tested regularly over the manager’s first year in English football. The first cracks opened in pre-season, when Costa had claimed a back injury prevented him from playing a full part in the manager’s monotonous if crucial pattern-of-play sessions, and an angry clash with a fitness coach in the wake of Tianjin first expressing interest in January testing matters further. He was subsequently dropped for a league game at Leicester. Conte claimed that was because of another back complaint – he has been consistent in only selecting players able to play a full part in training – and had opted not to criticise the player in public after Costa was filmed enjoying a post-match beer in the dressing room following a win against West Bromwich Albion the previous month. On each occasion, Authentic David Robinson Youth Jersey the Italian made clear he would not tolerate the forward’s influence disrupting Chelsea’s pursuit of the title and, to his credit, Costa responded by leading the line effectively and taking his goal tally to 22 in all competitions. His last came in the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal. The player indicated in the aftermath at Wembley that he would resist any move to the Chinese Super League before the World Cup next summer, with his preference a return to his former club Atlético Madrid. Yet with the Spanish side’s transfer ban upheld and not due to expire until January 2018, he would face sitting out the first half of next season if Atlético mustered a bid deemed acceptable to Chelsea. He is unlikely to have the patience for such a scenario. “I love living in Madrid but I have to think about my future,” Costa had said. “It’s complicated because I cannot go four or five months without playing. I have no preference for a league, I just want to play.” More plausible may be an initial switch to Milan, now under the ownership of Li Yonghong, to follow in the footsteps of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard ended up back at Atlético via a spell at San Siro, and Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is believed to have been in Italy on Thursday to speak with the Rossoneri over summer recruitment. Costa’s situation will have been addressed, although Milan have alternative forward options they may opt to pursue. Chelsea always envisaged adding to their forward ranks this summer, and had hoped to persuade Everton to drop their £100m valuation of Lukaku. Yet even that price may rise now that their eagerness to shift Costa has been exposed. The Premier League winners do retain an interest in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, who is no longer under immediate consideration by Liverpool, and will seek to purchase a back-up goalkeeper to replace Asmir Begovic.
Men's Adidas Memphis Grizzlies #3 Allen Iverson Swingman Navy Blue Road NBA Jersey When Paul Simpson took England to South Korea for the Under-20 World Cup finals one of the biggest battles he had to fight was that of perception. Few observers, at home or abroad, have had much cause to consider that England take the competition seriously and unfavourable impressions can be virulently contagious. The statistics were grim: 17 games on this stage without a win stretching back to 1997, and that accounted only for the occasions on which they had qualified. Simpson’s squad have turned it all round and stand on the verge of making history. Victory over Italy in Jeonju on Thursday would bring a first appearance in the final. England have overcome a broad range of challenges, Authentic Anthony RendonYouth Jersey and the occasional wobble, in getting this far and have played with an intensity that treats this competition in the way it is so often regarded abroad: as a big deal. “The players know the importance of what they’ve achieved,” he says. “There’s a steely determination about them and they want to go out there and achieve something. So far, so good, but we really want to make that next step and go to the final.” England will have been together for 35 days by the end of the tournament on Sunday and Simpson speaks glowingly of a group that “has not given me one moment of a problem”. They have made a positive impression with their courtesy towards hosts and Fifa officials; there has been a keenness within the England set up to show that they are serious this time and, in reaching the last four for the first time since 1993, their approach has paid off on all fronts. “We want to be recognised as good people but we want to be recognised as good football players as well,” Simpson says, and a squad bolstered through rare levels of co-operation from Premier League clubs has stepped up. In previous years an England campaign might have been remembered for the moment a fortnight ago when, with the team a goal up in the group stage against Guinea, the Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori drilled a 45-yard backpass past his own goalkeeper with no danger in sight. That now seems the smallest kink in a run that has brought wins against Argentina, South Korea, Costa Rica and, in Monday’s quarter-final, Mexico. “We couldn’t have chosen a tougher first game than Argentina; they had so much of the ball but we were just clinical in both 18-yard boxes and killed the game,” Authentic Alexander Radulov Womens Jersey Simpson says of a tone-setting 3-0 victory. “South Korea was another tough game where our only supporters were probably a handful of our players’ families. Costa Rica and Mexico were also difficult and I know that Italy will be a hell of a tough task – they look to be a typical well-drilled, well-organised Italian side.” It is a fair impression, although Italy have not found goals hard to come by. They won a wild quarter-final against Zambia 3-2 despite spending almost 80 of the 120 minutes with 10 men; the Juventus forward Riccardo Orsolini has scored four times in the tournament and the impression before Thursday’s fixture is of two finely -balanced sides who may go the distance again. Simpson was pleased to see his striker Dominic Solanke score the winner against Mexico days after the player’s move to Liverpool was confirmed. Solanke did not play a senior game last season, a situation said partly to have been rooted in a contract stand-off with his former club Chelsea, and his international manager regards him as an “incredible guy” for dealing with the frustration. “He’d been a little slow to find his feet but I thought his performance against Mexico was outstanding,” Simpson says. “He really brought his game to the party, and I’m sure that it’s because his situation has now been resolved and it’s out in the open. That must have been a real burden to have hanging over him. Hopefully he can perform in the semis and show everyone what a top footballer he is capable of being.”
Women's Nike New York Giants #33 Andrew Adams Limited White/Pink Rush Fashion NFL Jersey Southampton are confident that Virgil van Dijk will remain at the club next season after Liverpool were forced into a humiliating climbdown over their pursuit of the player. The south-coast club were furious to read stories on Monday that Liverpool were primed to complete a £60m move for the Holland centre-half and they reported them to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Southampton felt that Liverpool’s fingerprints were on the stories and they questioned how there could have been the belief at Anfield that Van Dijk wanted to join them given they had made no official approach for him. Moreover, they wondered how – as per the reports – Van Dijk might be so keen to play for Jürgen Klopp if he had not spoken to the Liverpool manager. It has been reported that Van Dijk met Klopp in Blackpool to discuss the proposed transfer – which would have been in breach of the League’s rules on tapping-up. Authentic Albert Wilson Womens Jersey On Wednesday evening, Liverpool released a statement on their website in which they apologised to Southampton over “any misunderstanding” regarding the pursuit of Van Dijk and stated that they had formally dropped their interest in him. “Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs,” the statement read. “We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk. We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.” Southampton wonder how Liverpool could have dropped their interest in a player about whom they had never formally enquired – a clear admission, in their opinion, of the Merseyside club’s guilt in terms of the alleged illegal approach. The Premier League had written to both clubs on Tuesday to ask for their version of events with a view to deciding whether to launch an investigation and it is unclear, Authentic Aaron Donald Youth Jersey at this stage, whether Liverpool’s apology will bring an end to it. If both clubs agree that the matter is closed, it is unlikely that the League would take it further. Liverpool are serving a two-year ban on signing academy players – the second year suspended – after they accepted making an illegal approach to a 12-year-old Stoke City player in April and it is Southampton’s contention that the Merseyside club were panicked by the accusation they made against them. Liverpool have signed five players from Southampton in the past three years for a total of £96m – Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mané. But Southampton are adamant that Van Dijk will not tread the same path or, indeed, be prised away by any of the other clubs that covet him – namely, Chelsea and Manchester City. Their robustness over the 25-year-old is based, in large part, on the strength of his contract; Van Dijk signed a new deal only last summer that tied him to St Mary’s until 2022. The chairman, Ralph Krueger, was typically strident when he outlined why the club had no need to sell. “The trading in the last three summers was often out of necessity,” Krueger said. “We have contracts in place like never before. We go into the first summer ever where we do not have to sell a player. We built longevity in the contracts and that gives you a chance to move with a core of players into multiple seasons and build some synergy. Our goal is to keep the core in place.” Chelsea and City will continue to monitor Van Dijk’s situation, although Chelsea might recoil at the £60m fee that has been mentioned. Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in the summer of 2015 for £11.5m and he has been outstanding in their colours until a serious ankle injury sidelined him last January.
Youth Andrew MacDonald Authentic Black Reebok Jersey: NHL Philadelphia Flyers #47 2017 Stadium Series Only three players in the Premier League have the ability, when at their awesome best, to make everyone else on the pitch look like immature creatures, toddlers trying and failing to compete with giants. Two of those players are on the wane – Yaya Touré and Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but the other should be approaching his prime. If Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk they will be making the ultimate upgrade to their team. On one level it could be argued that to splurge £60m or thereabouts on any player is to blare a huge scouting or coaching failure, since a really savvy club might be able find or develop a less obvious solution. But in terms of forking out for a surefire success, there is no better signing than Van Dijk that Jürgen Klopp could make to improve his rickety defence, no single purchase that could demonstrate more clearly Liverpool’s determination to clamber back atop that long-vacated perch. Doubts about the seriousness of that ambition gained traction recently as the club’s apparent willingness to make do with half-cocked solutions suggested that their American owners might be satisfied with becoming the new Arsenal, full of tempered hope rather than true-blooded conviction. Authentic Andrew Hammond Youth Jersey Signing Van Dijk would dispel such a notion. Of course if Van Dijk really has set his heart on a move to Anfield, then failing to complete the deal now, especially due to gauche antagonisation of the potential seller, would make the new Arsenal tag so apt that Liverpool might as well bang a cannon on their crest. Van Dijk was majestic at Celtic and has been regal at Southampton, where, as soon as he arrived two years ago, he assumed a lordly guise, healing everyone who pined for Toby Alderweireld. Powerful, fast and perceptive, he dominates in the air and on the ground, often with seemingly effortless grace. Simon Mignolet and Liverpool’s defenders have seemed locked into the opposite of a symbiotic relationship, a mutually debilitating bind in which the flaws of each sap the confidence of the other and ensnare the lot of them in a vicious circle of decrepitude. Van Dijk is commanding enough to break that chain and impose order and confidence. That does not mean, of course, that Liverpool would not benefit from enriching their squad with a goalkeeper and left-back as solid as Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand respectively, but Van Dijk’s arrival would make such additions less urgent. Liverpool badly need a wholesome meat-and-potatoes centre-back, a stalwart who excels at defending’s fundamentals. Picture Mamadou Sakho on a good day. Authentic Alex Killorn Youth Jersey Now picture Sakho having a good day nearly every day. But Van Dijk is much more than that. He is that most precious of talents, a ball-playing centre-back of the sort that John Stones can supposedly become, a stopper who also creates. He can sashay forward with even more finesse than Joël Matip and, to boot, is a potent aerial threat from set pieces and can even take a mean free-kick. Whether in a back three or a back four, he could be Liverpool’s answer to David Luiz, and more. If Van Dijk is sincere about wanting to join Liverpool despite more lucrative offers from elsewhere, that speaks well of his character and that of Klopp. It suggests that he distinguishes between merely winning and winning gloriously, being a champion and a hero. At Liverpool his aim would be to become a leader in the team who satisfy one of English football’s most intense cravings, that generation-long yearning for the restoration of their domestic crown, and maybe their European one too. Nothing he could achieve at Chelsea or Manchester City could beat that. If Southampton were to be seen to sell Van Dijk without a fight, meanwhile, then that, on the back of so many other sales, would confirm that they have different ambitions. To be acclaimed as canny scouts and developers would appear to be enough for them, and would make them, in one sense, a definitive success story of the Premier League age: expert and very well-paid middle men.
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Men's Devin Harris Swingman Royal Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Dallas Mavericks #34 Road By August 2008 the word had already got out among Premier League scouts that a 22-year-old midfielder from the Ivory Coast, recently signed up by FC Twente after an eye‑catching season on loan at Roda JC, had something about him. It would be instructive to see how he fared at a higher level and a Champions League qualifier for Steve McClaren’s side against Arsenal provided an early chance to find out just how quickly Cheick Tioté was learning. The sight of him sticking to Robin van Persie like glue during Twente’s home leg, subduing the striker into irrelevance with an insistent performance that at times cared little for the boundaries of the law, lingered in more than a few minds and memories would be jolted firmly enough in due course. Tioté eventually joined Newcastle, who had been attracted by his tenacity and undeterred by an inconsistency in possession that led some suitors to waver, Authentic Babe Ruth Womens Jersey in 2010 and would find himself working for McClaren again five years later. Both had seen better days than a 2015-16 season that reflected appallingly on the Tyneside club but, while McClaren ended up being sacked and scarcely mourned, Tioté was one of the few who rode out a turbulent interlude with his standing among supporters relatively unimpaired. Given the revolving door at St James’ Park over the past decade, that says plenty. But there had always been good reason to enjoy the presence of Tioté, a wholehearted and proactive performer who played at the kind of intensity fans appreciate even when things are not going well. “I don’t like to make a lot of noise,” he said a few months after his arrival but he had non-verbal ways of making his point. It helped that, in only his 19th appearance for the club – having already picked up eight yellow cards and one red – he produced the kind of flourish that, in the blink of an eye, moulds a cult hero. The left-footed 25-yard volley that pegged Arsenal, opponents he always warmed towards, back to an improbable 4-4 draw was perfect in both execution and timing. The moment was etched instantly in Premier League folklore, never mind that of his club; a bolt from the blue that had never seemed likely and would rarely come close to happening again. It would be his only goal for Newcastle; the tally of bookings would reach 14 by the end of his first season and discipline was never something he fully mastered. But that was how Tioté operated; there would never be any compromising when a ball was there to be won. “You take that side of the game out of Cheick and you don’t get the same player,” his team-mate James Perch said after a costly red card against Sunderland in October 2012. A Tyne-Wear derby is never an occasion for mistakes, but if anyone could be forgiven such an error it was Tiote. The idea of leaving anything on the pitch was anathema. Tioté’s was not simply a tale of unchannelled aggression. Between 2011 and 2013 he and Yohan Cabaye formed one of the league’s best midfield partnerships – an efficient blend of vision, vigour and tactical intelligence whose apex came in a 3-0 win against Manchester United in January 2012. This was Tioté’s peak but, while Cabaye would move on, Authentic Adam Duvall Womens Jersey he stayed at Newcastle despite intermittent talk of interest from Champions League clubs – in particular Arsenal, a move he would certainly have welcomed. As Newcastle’s fortunes ebbed, his own form and fortune did too, injuries dogging his final two seasons and ensuring that, by the time he moved to Beijing Enterprises in February, disappointment about his departure was more sentimental than directed towards its impact on a revitalised team’s promotion campaign. Joining a club at the highest level may have eluded him but Tioté appeared twice in Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations-winning campaign of 2015. That success meant everything; little had come easy during his early days in football, starting out at the semi‑professional club FC Bibo in his home city of Yamoussoukro and finessing his qualities without the aid of proper boots until the age of 15. “That’s what made me who I am today,” he said of an upbringing that guaranteed nothing. Tioté, though, would turn into a player who guaranteed every ounce of perspiration he had as soon as he stepped on to a pitch. The frayed edges were there, but for a time he was one of the best; it is a tragedy that football, and the world he inhabited beyond it, should be mourning him now.
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