Some Newcastle players face some arduous journeys for their international sides ahead of the important Premier League game at Chelsea after the international break.
As Steve Bruce tries to build on the momentum created from the win over Manchester United, the second international break of the season has arrived at just the wrong time.
The break is not ideal, and hampers Bruce’s preparations for the trip to Stamford Bridge – as it does for all Premier League sides – and as was the case after the first break, they face an away trip to one of the ‘big six’ clubs afterwards.
To be fair to all clubs, the Premier League scheduling should ensure that each club faces one home game and one away game after the first two international breaks early in the season.
It seems unfair that Newcastle should have to face big away trips when their players return from their travels, after both international weeks.
Newcastle have seven players on international duty and combined, they will be travelling approximately 30,391 miles over this couple of weeks.
That distance is just about one and quarter times around the Earth’s circumference – and that does not factor in whether Miguel Almiron has to go to Paraguay to link up with his international teammates, before flying back to Europe for their two games.
DeAndre Yedlin, who has just returned to the first team after injury faces the longest trip, with him clocking up a staggering 7,288 miles as he heads to Washington D.C. then to Toronto, before returning to Newcastle.
Youngster, Mo Sangare will put in a hefty 6,804 miles to Liberia and back, while Christian Atsu covers 5,906 miles for his round-trip to Burkina Faso in Africa.
So considering most Premier League teams’ international players suffer similar fates, how does the Premier League consider it fair that some teams have to have away games after both breaks?
The Premier League should balance the fixtures after international breaks
It surely cannot be too difficult to make sure there is a balance to the fixtures regarding home and away scheduling around these globe-hopping weeks?
If you look at the fixtures following each of the international breaks, only six sides have away games after both, while six have two home games.
Those facing a second away game, other than Newcastle, are Manchester City, Arsenal, West Ham, Burnley and Southampton.
Some fans may say footballers are well paid, and it is time spent largely sitting on an aeroplane, but it still makes preparing for a game harder when they face away trips immediately after.
While some clubs have the luxury of resting up and simply arriving at the ground an hour or two before the game, Newcastle and five other clubs, have to get their players back, before embarking on another trip the day before the match after each break.
In fact, it often leaves one or two players to fly directly to the hotel where the team is staying ahead of the game, such is the lateness of their return.
Which is why the Premier League need to redress the balance for future seasons.