With the Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern last night celebrating the fact that both Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic would be playing in the World Cup next year, not a lot can get them down right now.
Indeed, the Geordie contingent propping up our bar were delighted to see two of their favourite stars make it to the biggest competition on the planet, though their collective good mood was threatened by reports from the Daily Mirror.
They claim fellow newly-promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion are keen on a move for the aforementioned Mitrovic in January, in an effort to sort out their own goal drought.
The Serbian notched against West Ham during the Toon’s first win of the season back in August, though was then banned for three games following an elbow on Manuel Lanzini and has since had to wait for his chance. In fact, during his time under Rafa Benitez, the former Anderlecht man has never really seemed to be a trusted first-choice.
Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is thought to have sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action during his nation’s 3-2 win over Austria last Friday and, while Joselu is proving a popular figure at St. James’ Park, the Newcastle fans in our bar would hate to see Mitro go.
Surely not. Whether or not the 23-year-old has a long-term future under Benitez remains to be seen, though selling him to a Premier League rival ahead of what could yet be a relegation battle would be stupid, even for Mike Ashley.