The game against Leicester City on Saturday was played after the third two-week International break since early September and that hasn’t helped Premier League sides settle down, and with International games, European club games and the Premier League games, there just seems to be far too many games crammed into the season.
And maybe that’s one reason why there are so many injuries these days with the players – no more so than at Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – not in form
Mitrovic was involved in some criticism when he was with the Serbian side who were badly beaten 4-1 by the Czech Republic over a week ago and he is one of the players criticized for their attitude.
And Mitro had another quiet game for Newcastle on Saturday and head coach Steve McClaren was asked after the 3-0 defeat by Leicester if Mitro would be dropped for the game at Crustal Place next weekend:
“We will have a look at that. We have talked a lot about the disruption of the international break and players being away.”
“It is a lot of hullabaloo and also a lot of rubbish and no excuse. That is what football is.”
“Sometimes it is not all fine weather and going your way. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and this is a time when we have to do exactly that.”
“Mitrovic is part of a Serbia team that has had a bad time. That might have affected him, but it is no excuse.”
“When he came off, maybe he thought by running off quicker it would give us more time to get back in the game!”
Mitrovic seemed a bit glum after he was withdrawn, but he was one of many Newcastle players who for the second game running had a very poor game.