Benitez Hoping This Player Comes Through For Newcastle

Rafa Benitez was watching Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on TV before he ever arrived at Newcastle and thought he had great potential.

And after training with him for a week, Rafa still thinks the 21 year-old has got great potential and it seems he is banking on Mitro being one of the players who comes through and starts to score some goals for Newcastle.


Aleksandar Mitrovic in action on Monday night

This is what Benitez has said today about the young Serbian International striker:

“When I was watching games on the TV I could see that Mitrovic has great potential. After training with him, he’s working very hard. I can see he’s a young player with great potential..”

“He can score goals and again I will go back to the confidence speech. The team needs more confidence.”

“The team needs to improve in defense and if you do that maybe you will improve in attack,  because you will regain the ball, you will have more possession and then you can create chances and score goals.“

“For strikers it depends on the team,  but he knows what he has to do and we are trying to tell the people around him what he’s capable of doing, so they can try and help him.”

A win on Sunday is just what we need and if we can do that the spirits on Tyneside of both the players and the fans will rise significantly.

But if we cannot win then it looks like it could be a hard long slog to save ourselves this season, much like it was in the final 10 games of last season, although we were losing and dropping down the table last seoasn.

It´s the other way around this season and we need to start winning games and start moving up the table.

But as Rafa Benitez works more and more with the players we do expect the team to get better and better.

But he has few games left so we have to start wining some games very soon.

Winning on Sunday against Sunderland would be more than terrific.

We need the win.

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12 comments so far

  • Toonacious T

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Mitro needs to be receiving the ball much higher up the pitch if he is going to score goals imo. Anyway, catching a flight to the Toon in 9 hours for the big match on Sunday so better get off to bed! HWTL

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve been saying for a while that it’s a bit like with Shearer when Sir Bobby joined, Mitro needs to receive the ball facing the goal a lot more. Many times he has his back to goal because of his target man duties.

    He should have been guided into making space and getting into positions where he can take a touch then strike the ball, or have his teammates supplying passes from quality angles. Townsend’s pace will open up a few opportunities for him as well.

    I wonder if he’ll start with Mitro again then use Doumbia’s quickness when their defenders’ legs are tiring a bit?

    If he surprises everyone and Doumbia starts, I think it would be exciting because Rafa will have seen a potent weapon in just a week, and that can only bode well. I think it’ll be Mitro though.

    I hope he can love up to his goal scoring history. If he does, we should start accruing some points.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #3

    *live up to.

  • Derek

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #4

    The scoring chances Mitrovic has had are few and far between. Not only that but most of the time he receives the ball with his back facing goal from a long pass from the defensive half; very difficult for any striker to turn and create any opportunity on goal.

    I’m confident he can become a solid goal scorer if he gets better build up play and has more time and space with the ball.

    Shelvey is a key player in setting up attacking play by delivering balls into space for strikers to run onto, but we need central defenders and full backs who can be reliable in keeping the ball and moving forward. Then players like Shelvey can push forward into more attacking positions and draw defenders which will allow more space and create gaps for through balls to goal scoring opportunities.

  • lesh

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed’s poll has had 5418 votes. Even the multi-named posters couldn’t cast that many votes.

    So, where’ve they all come from? Sunderland?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I completely agree with the comments above about Mitrovic. Most of his chances have been half chances, and he really hasn’t had that many. It was a good measure of McClaren’s incompetence that he dropped him because he wasn’t scoring in a system that basically wasn’t working. Whose fault was that? Put the ball in front of him and he’ll score.

  • lesh

    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #7


    Wonder if Charley Austin might like to come in to coach Mitro?

  • Goromagpie

    Mar 19, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    My team
    Daryl. Mbmba lasc mbabu
    Town. Seim wini. Sissoko

    Would like to see doumbia and aarons getting some playing time. Seim de jong should start because he can PASS the ball .mbabu also impressed me !
    2-1 to toon mitro and townsend on target and khazri for the them.

  • Derek

    Mar 19, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #9


    I was just thinking how good it’s been that since Rafa’s appointment the talk of Charlie Austin has almost completely stopped. Please don’t given Ed more encouragement to rehash the Austin saga!!

  • Goromagpie

    Mar 19, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Meanwhile , Florian Thauvin scored a screamer yesterday for marseille.

  • likelylad

    Mar 19, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Be interesting to see if he goes with Sissoko in support as to me he is shows no consistency and rarely play a killer ball forward. Mitro has been feeding off scraps and has starved for it simple as that to me.

  • lesh

    Mar 19, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12


    It never crossed my mind that anyone’d pick up on Austin!



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