Has Aleksandar Mitrovic’s red card in the defeat to Arsenal given Steve McClaren a headache he could have done without ahead of the transfer window closing?
The hot-headed Serbian will miss three games after the two-week international break as a result of being given his marching orders after just 16 minutes.
And with the future of Papiss Cisse still very much up in the air, could McClaren find himself dipping into the market again after all?
McClaren, in his most recent press conferences, has insisted he is happy with the club’s £50million worth of summer business, adding the club has ‘nothing up its sleeve’ ahead of Tuesday teatime.
But the erratic start to Mitrovic’s time on Tyneside is a cause for concern, as is the ongoing situation with Cisse.
The Senegal international has long been linked with clubs in Turkey - including Galatasaray - China and the UAE league, with his first team opportunities at Newcastle limited this season.
Cisse’s agent Madou Diene has today been quoted saying his client is frustrated by the lack of first-team chances at Newcastle.
Mitrovic’s ban, of course, opens a door for Cisse. He would be expecting to start the next three games IF he remains at the club past Tuesday night.
Could Newcastle turn down a big offer for the 30-year-old though?
An intriguing few days lay ahead for McClaren & Co, with the club still searching for its first league win of the season.
Despite only picking up two draws so far, there is still a lot to be positive about for Newcastle fans.
McClaren has recently stated you can’t judge his side until 12 games in, well it would certainly be hard to judge them on the first four matches given they were down to 10 men for two of them.
The summer signings have all added quality to the squad, fans are now waiting to see if there is more business to be done after all.