We’ve had more Newcastle United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern than usual this week with the Magpies supporters ordering their fair share of double measure spirits to shake off the memories of Sunday’s derby day defeat to Sunderland.
Their mood isn’t likely to be improved any further after talkSPORT today reported that John Carver’s side are set to miss out on landing Monaco’s former French international midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.
According to today’s reports, Toulalan is set to put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with Arsenal’s Champions League conquerors, keeping him at Stade Louis II until 2017.
While the vast majority of Toon Army fans drinking by the bar are rolling their eyes at the news, others suggest that this is no big loss at all and are wondering whether going French is still the way to go.
Despite former Magpies Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy having impressed during their spells at St James’ Park, it hasn’t gone so well for the likes of Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere this term and the conversation is steering towards trying something different altogether this summer.
Right now, Newcastle United are in good financial shape but this provides no consolation in a season that has fizzled out yet again for the North East club.
While our resident Geordies can’t question John Carver’s passion in the role of interim head coach, they do now fear for the manager’s permanent job prospects after that Defoe stunner at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.