And as Alan Pardew's French connection continue to moan about the bad weather on Tyneside . perhaps bringing in a Russian (or two) could be just what the doctor ordered to get our struggling troops back on track.
Pardew is thought to be pursuing a January move for Dynamo Kiev striker Artem Milevskiy as a replacement for the wantaway Demba Ba.
Milevskiy could be a viable option if Ba leaves the Toon. The 27-year-old is out of contract this summer and Kiev would rather take in £6m in the January transfer window than lose him for nothing in the summer.
That would represent a vastly cut-down price from the £14million price-tag Kiev placed on him when Roy Hodgson tried to sign him at Liverpool two years ago.
Milevskiy has netted 87 goals in 273 appearances for Kiev and has won 50 national team caps.
Source: Newcastle United Mad