With France in danger of missing the plane for the 2014 World Cup after a first-leg play-off defeat to Ukraine, should Newcastle fans be hoping for Les Blues to grace the world stage next summer or not?
Geordies are used to seeing the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy strut their stuff for the Magpies on a weekly basis but the trio—along with Moussa Sissoko—could not stop Mikhail Fomenko’s side from triumphing in the first leg as they went down 0-2.
The World Cup has been used by numerous players as a “shop window” of sorts, as players engineer big-money moves to Europe’s top clubs by catching the eye during the competition.
Cabaye, for one, has already been linked with a move away from St James’ Park. The former Lille man was the subject of serious interest from Arsenal in the summer transfer window and as long as the playmaker keeps up his form, there will surely be interest from other big clubs.
Debuchy’s reputation as one of the world’s best right-backs was also forged from a stellar European Championships, when his attacking instincts caught the eye of many scouts from around the globe, before he eventually signed for Newcastle.
Should Didier Deschamps’ side qualify for Brazil 2014, it could also make the Remy situation even more complicated for all parties. By the time of the tournament, Remy will once again be a Queens Park Rangers player and despite the almost certain interest from Newcastle, may bide his time and see who comes in for him after the World Cup campaign. It could well work out that Remy nets a few goals as France cruise through the group stages and all of a sudden, the likelihood of the 26-year-old signing permanently for the Magpies would be slim.
However, any situation will remain unclear until after the second leg of the World Cup Playoff. It will take a performance of some standard from Deschamps’ team if France are to make the world’s biggest tournament next summer, perhaps one that may force some of the black and white members of the squad under the radar of some of Europe’s big boys sooner rather than later.