Newcastle United supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer frustrating back-to-back Premier League defeats at the hands of Burnley and Bournemouth prior to the two-week break for internationals.
Rafa Benitez’s men won four of their opening nine league games but came unstuck against Sean Dyche’s Burnley little over a fortnight ago, with Jeff Hendrick’s second half strike enough to seal a 1-0 win for the Clarets, and thus condemn the Magpies to a fourth defeat of the campaign. And that became five less than a week later as a last-gasp Steve Cook header secured a deserved 1-0 victory for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at St James’ Park, a result which moved the Cherries out of the bottom three, and also instigated Newcastle’s fall to 11th in the Premier League table.
Thus, there has been many despondent Magpies supporters in the Tavern this week, and things aren’t looking any easier for the North East giants as they face a daunting trip to second place Manchester United on Saturday when league action returns after the international break.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Newcastle fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking midfielder Mo Diame with a January move away from the club.
The 30-year-old started their 1-0 defeat against Burnley a few weeks ago but did little to improve his chances of further starts, a point that was made evident by Benitez as the former Senegal international was dropped for the visit of Bournemouth last time out.
And now it seems that the midfielder could well be on his way out of Newcastle in January, with Aston Villa reportedly interested in his services, and as such here are TWO other Magpies stars who could follow Diame out of the club in the New Year…