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Our Man Of The Match Could Become Newcastle’s Savior

7:44 pm, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 69 Comments

In management you often get what you expect, so in football management if you think one of your players is a really good player the chances are they will play very well for you – and vice versa.

And since Rafa Benitez came into the club a short 11 days ago he has said he thinks Aleksandar Mitrovic – our £13M signing from Anderlecht last summer – has massive potential.

Rafa thought that when watching Newcastle on TV before he arrived and he still thinks that after training the 21 year-old over the last week or so.

Not only that but he has said Mitro can score the goals for Newcastle to survive, if only the team can provide him with better service.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring a vital goal for Newcastle after 83 minutes

So it’s not all that surprising that Mitro has had two good games for Rafa Benitez, and he is easily out Man of the Match in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland, in which Aleksandar got the sensational equalizer  with a glorious header at the back post and the fans blew the roof off St. James’ Park.

That followed great work down the right wing by Gini Wijnaldum and a beautifully flighted cross from the talented Dutchman.

Mitro got 30% f the vote and showed his commitment to the Newcastle cause as he seemed to dance with a Newcastle supporter after scoring – as they both fell down.

Mitro ripped his shirt off and swung it around in the air to pick up that yellow card, but it was worth it.

And maybe with a little luck we could have had a second goal, but our boy was knocked out for an instant late in the game and the Newcastle doctor Dr Paul Catterson followed FA guidelines and prevented him from playing on and we finished the last few minutes with 10 men.

Aleksandar fought on the touch-line with Dr. Catterson to get back onto the pitch, but once he was told of the rules after the game he issued this apology to the Newcastle doctor:

“I didn’t know what the procedure was. I didn’t know the rules.” “I apologized to the doctor after the game because I knew I had to come off after being knocked unconscious for a few seconds. I’ve been through the examinations, my head is fine.”

That goal from Aleksandar could be a really vital goal for Newcastle this season, because it prevented Sunderland from gaining 3 points on us on Sunday.

Second in the voting was Andros Townsend (20%) who made his first start for Rafa and had a good game as he ran at the Sunderland defense and third was goalkeeper Rob Elliot (17%) who produced one world-class save in that second half that kept us in the game.

Rob has simply been a revelation for us this season and if we do survive we have to give thanks to the Irish Intentional, who is making a name for himself in the Premier League this season since he came in for the injured Tim Krul last October.

Chancel Mbemba was fourth in the voting with 9% and it was great to have him back in defense and he made a huge difference at the back.

Again we had a number of Newcastle players who had good games on Sunday – but as Rafa Benitez has said – it’s still not good enough and the team will need to do better.

We hope they do a lot better in future games starting a week on Saturday at Norwich City.

A win in that game could even see us on our way to safety.

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69 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Mitro IN.
    Riverie OUT

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Benitez wants to focus on his 20 top players ahead of an eight game relegation run-in.

    The former Real Madrid and Liverpool chief reckons there is no room for disinterested passengers in the next two months.

    Is the Mirror article pure conjecture or is it true the U21 have been cleared off?

    “”Rafa Benitez is ready to order moody stars to stay away from Newcastle’s inner sanctum.

    The Spanish boss is bidding to improve the positivity and atmosphere around the training ground.

    He has already ousted Peter Beardsley and his Under-21 and junior players, because there were too many fringe players milling around the first team squad.

    Next Benitez will ask for disillusioned first-team stars who are not showing the fight and collective attitude needed to stay away.

    Clearing out the training ground will leave key players more space to dine together, hold team meetings and bond over table tennis.

    Benitez is seeking any advantage and change he can muster to grab the points the club needs – which could mean winning four of their last eight games.””

    The reliability of this exclusive is hard to determine, especially as there is no direct quote.

  • 4 9 // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    I’m a fan of Mitro, big, strong, brave, a proper No 9, but no good this season, his first in EPL. We need goals, he has failed (not him alone, obviously). Why the divil we haven’t signed a proved EPL goalscorer, is the reason we are down Look how many games we have lost 1-0. Sunderland knew better, for heaven’s sake!

  • 5 toon kk // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    We haven’t enough quality in our squad to stay up, Rafa can only try we can only hope but the outcome will be the same -relegation.
    Shame.
    The board new our weaknesses but chose to egnore them, big mistake.

  • 6 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    9
    Have you ever heard of a player called Charlie Austin ?

  • 7 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I wish Jonas joy in his quest to boost his pension pot by £2 million.
    However to be brutally frank the reason he didn’t get the requisite number of games to boost his contract was because he was shite at that time.
    He’d fallen well down the pecking order long before he was diagnosed with cancer.

  • 8 toon kk // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Mitrovic would have got far more goals if we still had Barton, he was Carroll’s main supplier and that made us a threat in front of goal.
    Not any more.

  • 9 kakaobi // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    If we do stay can’t see Rafa staying if there’s no money for players probably end up another year of struggle Ashley has really made me look forward to next season now God help us

  • 10 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Yep,

    Quality of service has been Mitro’s biggest issue.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    How many of the 20 squad are under 21?

    Is Aarons and Sterry for example ruled out?

  • 12 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Just had a look and it doesn’t look as in any are under 21 although Mbabu’s age isn’t shown on his profile.

  • 13 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Ian Toon // Mar 22, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    You know sweet FA about my political opinions or allegiances and it is both pomposity and hubris for you to “sense your doing a power to the people salute as you read this.”

  • 14 9 // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Jib@6: Hi, and your point is…………………..

  • 15 Belfast // Mar 22, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Aye I suppose it’s not the politically correct thing to say but Jonas was absolutely shite for a long time.

    I remember the reaction on here when he was named in the starting line up most weeks.

    He did play very well in the last couple of games to be fair to him.

    Look at Rob Green at Qpr at the moment he’s getting the same treatment because he’s due a new contract if he plays another game. It happens quite regularly to be honest.

  • 16 Belfast // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Here Ian I prefer the old grumpy Jail.
    I’m not that keen on the happy Jail.

    Keep that between us though.

  • 17 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    This is a post from 3 years ago when we lost to Sunderland at home 3 -0

    MosesNUFC // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    This is a terrible loss, but we’ve still got to stick behind pardew till the end of the season.But most of this wasn’t pardew’s fault. yes he set the team up wrong, but we had a goal offside that should of been a goal. before the game everyone was rimlikcing di canio which ruined the game for us. Jonas is a terrible player got to be shipped out. If we do manage to get 13th-10th, then pardew should stay, if not get in moyes or blanc. A tactician, something that pardew failed on today.

  • 18 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    anyone know the last time we got a spot kick?

  • 19 Graeme // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Thank God it was his head that got whacked – he could have had a nasty injury otherwise!!

    Hope he’s ready to knock a few past Norwich!!

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    9,
    From previous, you asked me who’d bankrolled and appointed Rafa. To the first one I’d answer us and SKY. To the second I’d answer the same person that gave Pardew an eight year deal to keep us in tenth and the same man who desperately clung on to Mclaren in the hope that he’d get us around tenth next season.
    Jib
    I’m sure that with you being a pillar of righteousness the panel or committee will fully agree with you that Jonas was shite and his not being picked until the terms of contract could not be met was pure coincidence.

  • 21 jane // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    are any of our players playing internationals in the break?

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    NUFC.com
    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia):
    Wed 23.03.2016 Poland (a) FR
    Tue 29.03.2016 Estonia (a) FR

    Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland):
    Fri 25.03.2016 France (h) Amsterdam FR
    Tue 29.03.2016 England (a) Wembley FR

    Moussa Sissoko (France):
    Fri 25.03.2016 Holland (a) Amsterdam FR
    Wed 30.03.2016 Russia (h) Paris FR

    Rob Elliot (Ireland):
    Fri 25.03.2016 Switzerland (h) Dublin FR
    Tue 30.03.2016 Slovakia (h) Dublin FR

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    So much for Townsend and Shelvey being England Internationals

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Graeme,
    Ha ha 😀

  • 25 jimmysmith // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    I’ve seen milk turn quicker than Mitro. Then again he has other and genuine qualities, but sadly leading the line on his tod and scoring the goals to keep us up this season, isn’t among them, based on what we’ve seen so far. I’d prefer Cisse and De Jong, and Mitro and Perez as impact players from the bench. McC even managed some change out of that.

  • 26 jane // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    thanks Jail

  • 27 jane // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    worked well with Cisse, De Jong, Mitro and Perez all on at the same time or do we have to go a goal behind first.

  • 28 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    As I said

    I wish Jonas well in his action , the club can afford it .However I don’t think the law was conceived for millionaire pro footballers.
    This is the best summary I could find.

    http://www.doyleclayton.co.uk/blog/posts/disability-discrimination

  • 29 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Taco

    None this season, refs don’t like us.

  • 30 Tsunki // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Shows the frailty of relying on Googling powers when arbitrarily dragging up old posts about Jonas. Those who actually went through that period and actually experienced them first hand at pitch side and not as a list of search engine random snippets will recall that Jonas’ lack of form and motivation came from the ebullient and hard skulled nitwit Pardew playing him as a covering defensive winger for the ineffectual Santon. At the same time as the uninformed and tactically naive were bemoaning Jonas loss of legs and not getting forward enough, some of us also recall he regularly covered more ground than any other player on the pitch and was for a long time the fittest player on the pitch. A career blighted by the gutless mangling of the King.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Mar 22, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    It should come out of Mashleys, Carzies, Churners and Monkers pockets, not the clubs!!!

  • 32 jimmysmith // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    As in something like….

    ……………………….Elliot..
    Janmaat….Mbemba….Collocini…Haidarra..
    ………………………Tiote…
    …………….Shelvey….Widjnaldum..
    …….Perez……….DeJong…..Townsend
    ……………..Cisse…………Mitro

    You of course need to find room for Sissoko, who despite his detractors, is one of our few genuine match winners, but I’ve already picked 13.

    I’d maybe start with….
    ………………………..Elliot..
    Janmaat….Mbemba….Collocini…Haidarra..
    …………………Tiote…Widjnaldum..
    …….Sissoko………DeJong…..Townsend..
    …………………………..Cisse..

  • 33 Toon Tang // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    I’m all for this ‘fans buying the club’ lark and will gladly chip in a few bottle tops to the fund as long as belfast aint in on the deal.

    I asked him to email his figures over for our last venture and got more than I bargained for.

  • 34 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Tsunki
    I rely on nowt

    I honestly couldn’t give a toss if he wins his case or not.

    Just providing some background info for folk.

    He was constantly an object for the fans ire for a good while before his injury at Arsenal.

    The true irony of this case is his performance in the last game of last season , where he can truly argue his importance to the team.

    Disabled man wins a disability claim by scoring a vital goal for Newcastle United in front of 52000 adoring fans.

    Weird world we live in.

  • 35 9 // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Jail@20 Both you and I are NUFC fans, so there’s no advantage in squabbling with each other, however there’s also no point in letting nonsense go unchallenged. You claim Rafa is paid by “us and Sky”- by which I suppose the fans of any EPL team could have added their ticket price to the money Sky provides. You know perfectly well Sky paid more money to 16 clubs than us, who didn’t sign Rafa. You also ought to be aware how small the income from fans is as a part of all EPL clubs’ income. To attempt to ignore the owner’s financial contribution to paying Rafa is frankly, cloud cuckoo land. Please do not let your obvious dislike/hatred of our owner blind you to facts – it does you no credit, mate.
    And as to your second point, re previous managers, get real : Rafa is our owner’s chosen manager now, please don’t bleat on endlessly harking back to the past: everybody can see past managers’ failures, there is no dispute about that, get on with it, man.

  • 36 jane // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    “But Gutierrez alleges the Toon also deliberately managed his selection so he did not reach a certain number of appearances which would have triggered a new one-year deal. ”

    can’t a club do that anyway?

  • 37 Tsunki // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Jeff if that was what I was talking about I would care slightly. I am aware there were a ton of less than knowledgeable hysterics about Jonas. Same with HBA, how many games did that guy fail to win us therefore lost us those games ha ha ha.

    As for winning his case I hope he does turn the tables on the Fat Bloke, anyone who wants to play the exclusion card to wriggle out of an onerous clause they agreed to in the first place cant botch and whine when their intended victim plays their own ace.

  • 38 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Confusing the issue again with half truths ?
    Testicular cancer is not disabling once you have recovered Jeff.
    Even a cheating American cyclist couldn’t finish a Tour de France if it was.
    Also the seminoma form is less aggressive than teratoma and has very high long term survival chances (96%).

    (and no I didn’t need to Google any of that)

  • 39 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    .Co.Uk
    tsunki
    January 17, 2014 at 19:57
    Toonsy @473 –
    Pardew seems to have used the gains of his new fitness coach to get the workrate up but have you noticed which players have improved and which have deteriorated this season? We have real depth in central defence now, including the whipping boy of old, Williamson. The FB’s seem to be manageing better but especially in Santon’s case, they are protected by the covering work of Gouffran and Sissoko, especially Gouffran who is fading eerily in the way that Jonas did.

    Whoops

  • 40 Mister Tuff // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    21st – I was just about to add that Jonas WAS classified as disabled when he had the Big C – then after his recovery he was no longer disabled.
    All enshrined in English Law.
    So your jibe Jib was not accurate at all – Jonas was not disabled when he scored in the last game.

  • 41 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    21st Century
    Missing the point entirely
    Even Jonas admitted the club were excellent in letting him get his treatment and therapy in his native Argentina (in fact the club medicos first suggested it) he is endeavouring to say he wasn’t a first team fixture because of his cancer when it’s quite clear he was past playing regularly at 32.

  • 42 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Mr Tuff
    shhhhh for gawds sake you’re undermining Jonas’ case!

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Mar 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Jib Jibberish – you are spreading your net too wide – ever heard the expression Jack of all trades master of none.
    Why not specialise in your own game rugby – and maybe a bit on netball and leave the football side to those who know a bit more than you – oh well I suppose that must mean most folk.

  • 44 Jib // Mar 22, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Jeepers
    I hope Jonas’ lawyers are a bit more clued up than the 3 Stooges !

  • 45 Online Guy // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Ed Milliband , the MP ex Party leader with the Hidden Agenda . A Mackem Supporter who has caused a lot of Trouble and Problems for Mike Ashley down at Shirebrooke

    A Mackem using his position as a minister to pour scorn on the Newcastle United owner , stirring things up feeding the Tabloids and Broadsheet’s with negative Crap..against Ashley a man who pays millions it tax, the correct way, into the country’s coffers .

    .Milliband need’ s questioning in the house over this , what I see, as a hidden Agenda and more to do with Football’s sneaky Jealous club politics and Underhanded Skulduggery

    I’m no Ashley Lover but this looks like a politician with a hidden Agenda.. A Mackem ! to boot.

  • 46 lesh // Mar 23, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    9

    Haven’t you worked it out yet? Jib has no point!

  • 47 Menelauos // Mar 23, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    I would like to see De Jong get more time on the pitch. When he came on he wasn’t spectacular, but he was great at slowing things down, controlling the pace and threading passes around.

  • 48 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 23, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    Tsunki
    I still haven’t grasped your original point. Please bear with me because you know I take an interest in these things and I like to hear your view. Others should move on now if, as is likely, club financial arrangements turn them off.

    You say, “Blackley no I don’t think there are any major creditors. Which is why he should easily be able to earmark assets to protect his loan money.”

    Why would he want or need to do that? What purpose would be served in securing his loan to club assets? In short, in a nutshell, what was the point you were making in your original paragraph? Sorry for being slow on the uptake with this one.

  • 49 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 23, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    Tsunki
    I can see why if Ashley were a third party lender. But he’s not. So what am I missing?

  • 50 AncientC // Mar 23, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Tsunki – oy vey,

  • 51 lesh // Mar 23, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    Jail

    Townsend and Shelvey have effectively opted out of any chance of an England call up when they moved to SJP. It’s not on Woy’s map!

  • 52 lesh // Mar 23, 2016 at 3:57 AM

    Blackley

    Surely Ashley’d be keen to secure his loan against the leasehold of SJP?

  • 53 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 23, 2016 at 4:29 AM

    Lesh@51. To be fair Townsend and Shelvey don’t really have a body of work this season to talk them into the squad. Not that it’s much of a squad. Would have to be one of the weakest ever. I don’t think it’s a case of poor selection though, just a small pool of genuinely talented players to call upon these days for England. Various reasons why, but it is what it is.

  • 54 Santon03 // Mar 23, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    My condolences for Brussels terror victims

  • 55 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Jonas may have a case against Newcastle, but we don’t have enough knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors to be able to judge if his case has any legs or not.

    What we do know is that regardless of his form whenever he did play for us he gave everything he had for the team, so regardless of the result of his tribunal, I wish him well.

    As for our club, I hope we survive relegation, because for the first time in a long time we have a manager who is willing to tell the fans what is really going on, A gentleman who is honest with us, (and that (honesty) is a very rare thing indeed)) coming from a representative of the club.

    Rafa will have a chance to build a team of winners in the premiership, But in the championship (if he stays) he will be left will less dross than we have now to try and gain promotion.

  • 56 Ron Knee // Mar 23, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    firebug

    Perhaps if Benitez was promised root and branch changes he might be tempted to stay, but is that likely?

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    JimmySmith,
    Sissoko a match winner? Zero goals and 5 assists (3 in one game) this season. He has positively affected the outcome of a match with an assist once, possibly twice at a push this season. Mitro, 6 goals, 3 assists – assists in as many games as Sissoko – has positively affected the outcome of games on 4 occasions. Perez 6 goals and 2 assists. Positive impact on 4 results. Sissoko has played more games than both as well.

    Other players impact on results without goals and assists obviously, but ‘match winners’ are generally those who score or create. Which is what I’m basing this comparison on.

    If Mitro manages 4 more goals in the last 8 fixtures he will have scored as many goals as Lukaku did in the Prem last season, not a bad debut season given the lack of service and poor season.

    Sissoko should be dropped, and then potentially use his power and pace against tiring legs later in games. For a player who seems to think he is good enough for Champions league he has an appalling record.

  • 58 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Ron

    I did read somewhere that he would be staying even if we were down, don’t know if that’s true or not.

    I do fear that if we go down, there will be no chance of a quick return to the premiership without him.

    I am however still quietly confident that Rafa will find a system, and a style of play to suite the players and keep us up.

    Four of our last eight games are very winnable games, and maybe a couple of draws from the other four.

    We have a decent run in compared to the other teams around us, if Rafa can get the team to click we will be in the premiership next term.

  • 59 hibbitt // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    on sunday moncur was telling anyone who would listen even if we go down the club think Rafa will stay …….i would hope we stay up and Rafa stays 24 points to play for lots hope we get enough of them

  • 60 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Similar to how very few will admit they wanted Sir Bobby out, people are being a little disingenuous regarding Jonas. He was given dogs abuse on here, as was Pardew for continually selecting him.

    Yes, the way the club dealt with him and treated him was pretty poor, but I don’t remember too many complaints about him not playing, and I remember a lot of people wishing him well when he headed to Norwich, but not lamenting his departure.

    Not commenting on the actual case as I don’t know anything on the detail of it.

  • 61 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    hibbitt

    That might have been what I read too, about Moncur.

    I think Rafa could get 14 out of those 24 points, and hope that would be enough to save us.

  • 62 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Firebug
    Hope he is staying – since he has come in I have heard he has had some stern words with a few players and their couldn’t give a s**t attitude.
    On his first afternoon in, heard that the club rang the players to come in on their ‘day off’ fit or unfit because Benitez wanted to meet the players and run a training session. Answer came back from one he was injured and on going to London with his girlfriend. Reckon his reaction was explosive

  • 63 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    firebug,
    I think 14 would comfortably keep us up. We have to beat Norwich, Palace and Villa for certain. Failing to win all of those would likely condemn us unless we can pull something out of the bag against Pool, Spuds or City.

    Hopefully Rafa will get wingers on both wings who will get service in and someone who can help Mitro do the holding up so that Mitro can concentrate on playing facing the goal more. To me that seems like De Jong, unless Rafa switches his formation to a more standard 442 where balls go out wide early and wingers get to the byline or cross early. I think at the minute that means Gini on the right and Townsend on the left. Shelvey and…… in the centre, maybe De Jong if we could get a interested and fit Tiote back then Tiote.

  • 64 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Charlie

    Aye one thing is for sure, Rafa will take no sh1t from any of these players, I never heard about the London rumour to be honest, but I know he laid the law down, got them training and worked them hard.

    His staff that came with him are very experienced, work well together and know what Rafa is looking for, we have seen changes in the teams work rate in the last ten days, small improvements but improvement none the less.

    I hope the international break will not disrupt his training too much, because I believe these two weeks will be just what he needs to shape up the slackers.

  • 65 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    firebug
    Also annoys me that Mitro has gone to play for Serbia or at least train with them after having a head injury – head injuries he is not allowed to play for at least 7 days.

  • 66 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Lil

    Sounds good to me mate, I agree a change of formation is required.

    I was saying yesterday that the 4-2-3-1 has never worked for us, the lone striker is so isolated that we are effectively playing with ten men from the start. We don’t get forward fast enough playing to many side ways or backwards balls, and we have zero movement of the ball.

    I agree a 4-4-2 or even 4-3-3 would suit this team better, and give us a more attacking aspect to the game, moving forward and backwards as a single unit, we have pace and some skilful players, but Mitrovic need a partner up front or even two.

  • 67 firebug666 // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Charlie

    But on the other hand, if the doctor has passed him fit, Serbia have a couple of meaningless friendlies to play, and Mitrovic may get a couple of goals under his belt giving him a massive confidence boost.

    I don’t think he would have been able to go if the doctor said no!

  • 68 Tsunki // Mar 23, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Jib @ 39 actually that’s my point. Pardew’s use of a covering winger knacked him, then gouffran. You are useless. Really, you are.

  • 69 jimiley // Mar 23, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    If Mitro is a top striker I am a Chinaman. I know managers have to instill belief in players but there is a limit. He reminds me of a less mobile and physically inferior Andy Carroll. He stays fit mind, unlike Carroll who spends most of his time watching games from the stand. Just the sort of crock we used to buy. And if Rafa goes in the summer, the type of player we will buy again.




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