Reported former Newcastle United target Eliaquim Mangala has been ruled out until the end of the season because of a knee injury, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the news.
The Daily Mail reported on January 29 that United manger Rafa Benitez had enquired about bringing the £80,000-a-week star to St James’ Park on loan before the January transfer window slammed shut last month, but the 26-year-old joined Everton in a similar deal instead.
However, just two matches into his time with the Merseyside outfit the centre-back picked up a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines until after the climax of the campaign, with Toffees boss Sam Allardyce confirming he will be out for the long-term.
Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the injury update, and while one said “another bullet dodged”, another said “phew that was a close one”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 19, 2018
😂😂😂😂 don't refuse Rafa is clearly the lesson here Daniel Sturridge eliq mangala Tammy Abraham 😂😂😂
— ronantodd (@ronantodd) February 19, 2018
Yep he was in our sight. Loan signings only
Please give us good news on a potential sale……
— paz (@ianparry9) February 19, 2018
Phew that was a close one 😂 pic.twitter.com/jf0qabEV5G
— Royagequit 🇬🇧 (@evilroyslade29) February 19, 2018
It’s a shame he was good for conceding a goal a game tho
— Robert (@RobertRobneal28) February 19, 2018
So Mangala is out for the rest of the season. Sturridge goes off after 3 mins, and Tosun is struggling to find feet in the prem. All we need now is Slimani to bang in loads of goals and it'll look like a pretty decent transfer window. 😁😁 #NUFC
— Jamie Harris (@JamieHarris36) February 19, 2018
Mangala out for season for Everton
Another bullet dodged!#NUFC
— David Foster (@Dfozzy1970) February 18, 2018
— Paul donaldson (@Pauldonny1983) February 18, 2018