There have been a number of claims in recent weeks of discipline problems within the Newcastle squad, as Steve McClaren attempts to whip them into shape.

The general perception last season was that the players were better than having to play a relegation decider on the final day.

However, some performances this season have appeared to show that this malaise was still there, with Saturday’s match against Chelsea a welcome return to commitment and focus throughout the team.

A recent story ran by The Mail, pointed the finger at Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko as causing problems behind the scenes.

Now one of the fringe players has found himself crossing the line.

The Express report that Gael Bigirimana was named in the Newcastle squad that was leaving Newcastle Central Station for last Monday’s reserve match against West Ham.

However, the newspaper reports that the rest of the staff and squad had to board the train without him after he failed to show.

Gael Bigirimana then later phoned with his apologies, no doubt thinking they would just say it was ok to give it a miss.

However, the management ordered him to get down to the station ASAP and get on the next train by himself, to then catch up with his teammates in London for the game at Upton Park.

Bigirimana made it in time for the match but was then left out of the starting line-up!

The midfielder only given the last 27 minutes as a replacement for Ivan Toney who was needed for the match day 18 that faced Sheffield Wednesday two days later.