McClaren Praises Striker – Next Seven Days Vital To Newcastle

Newcastle lost their 12th game of the season on Saturday at Watford and we again gave up two goals at a vital point in the game early in the second half  to go 2-0 behind,  after we had looked a decent side in the first half.

But those first ten minutes of the second half gave us a mountain to climb and we again couldn´t come back and lost again – our 5th defeat in the last seven games.



Aleksandar Mitrovic in action on Saturday

We had the chances to score in the first half when the first goal is often so important,  but again couldn´t put the ball in the net.

One simple way to talk about relegation is that if we cannot bring in a striker in the next week who can put the ball in the net for us we will be relegated and it may not even be close.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed from Anderlecht for around £13M last summer and h is struggling to convert the chances he gets and add to the four goals he has so far this season.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the 21 year-old Serbian International:

“Mitrovic is really improving – he’s a real fighter for us, a focal point and a target – and someone that we need in the team because he brings other players into play and then we’ve got runners going through.”

“I thought outside the box he was excellent,”   “It’s not one man’s responsibility to put the ball in the back of the net – it’s other people’s as well,”

“He’s young, he’s growing, he’s getting better – a lot better than he was at the start of the season – and again, strikers, their confidence comes from sticking the ball in the net.”

We´re sure Mitro didn´t expect Newcastle to be fighting against relegation again this season and it´s asking a lot of the youngster in his very first season at Newcastle.

The next seven days could be vital to the (short-term) future of Newcastle United.

We desperately need to sign another striker brought in and if the Board don´t get one in before next Monday night then we will probably take the drop.

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