Papiss Cisse hit out at Alan Pardew for pulling the plug on his Olympic hopes . but after the African Cup Of Nations in January and February . where will it all end?
Newcastle United pay the player's wages . and there has to be some sort of reality check.
We faceTottenham Hotspur in the Premiership curtain raiser that takes place on August 18 - but - just three days before there is a list of meaningless international friendly games.
Tim Krul is likely to be on duty for Holland as they take on Belgium in Brussels while skipper Fabricio Coloccini has been called up for Argentina to play Germany in Frankfurt.
France also have a game in Le Havre which means Yohan Cabaye could be missing and possibly potential new signing Mathieu Debuchy who could face Uruguay.
Cheick Tiote will have a long haul trip to Moscow where Ivory Coast tackle Russia.