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.