Rafa Benitez is reported to be keen to bring up to four new players into the squad this week as the pre-season training will begin for what will be a crucial season for the Magpies in the Championship.
And we should see all but those players involved in Internationals return this week for pre-season training.
Still no sign of our first signing this summer, even though on Friday there were reports in the local papers that the first signing would be within a short 48 hours.
It didn’t happen.
Florian Thauvin – due to return back to training
There is still no deal completed for Florian Thauvin either to Marseille on loan or to Lazio on loan or even a straight transfer.
Newcastle are still paying his wages so we would expect if nothing new materializes early this week, he will be reporting in for training.
Thauvin will not be looking forward to returning to Newcastle – since last season was a nightmare for him and for the club last season.
Thauvin’s background includes his refusal to play for Lille during the summer of 2013, after he only just signed for them that January from Bastia on a four and a half year deal.
But Marseille were offering him a much bigger wage deal that summer and he basically went on strike to try to force the move.
By doing that nonsense, he was duly criticized by the Lille fans; in fact he had been on loan at Bastia for the second half of the 2012-2103 season and never played one game for Lille.
It will be interesting to see if he tries to pull that stunt on Rafa Benitez and Newcastle this week.
Rafa is a very experienced manager who has been around the block a few times and will know exactly how to handle that situation.
But it would be in the best interests of the 23 year-old that if he has been requested to report back to training on Tyneside – he does just that.
He already has created some doubts about his character in his short football career and it’s a good time for the youngster to act in a more mature way, for his own good.
The last player to go on strike was Yohan Cabaye, who tried to force a move to Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and he was sold to PSG the following January for £20M.
And look what that got him – a seat on the bench at the Paris club.
If we know Rafa, he will have already been in contact with Thauvin so there are no surprises this week – one way or the other.