He’s Well Liked – But Can This Player Make It At Newcastle?

We thought by now that Newcastle’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic would have scored a lot more than the one goal he’s scored in six appearances for the Magpies.

Of course he got off to a slow start simply because he was suspended for the first three games after receiving his second red card of last season with just 20 minutes to go in our final match at home to Tottenham.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring only goal at QPR

Here’s our goalscorers so far this season with Dwight Gayle doing well at the top with 7 goals.

PlayerLeagueCupsTotal
Dwight Gayle23023
Mat Ritchie12416
Ayoze Perez8412
Yoan Gouffran527
Aleksandar Mitrovic426
Mo Diame336
Daryl Murphy516
Jonjo Shelvey505
Christian Atsu505
Ciaran Clark213
Jamaal Lascelles303
Isaac Hayden202
Grant Hanley101
Chancel Mbemba101
DeAndre Yedlin101

Rafa Benitez seems unwilling to start the Serbian but brings him on as a substitute and when he does come on Mitro offers a physical presence up front and seems to spur the side on too.

Rafa has Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez, Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar as out-and-out strikers, but he hasn’t yet fully decided how he wants to play them – or who he wants to play.

Rafa usually plays one striker up front in his usual 4-2-3-1 formation and recently Mo Diame has been playing in the number 10 role although Ayoze can also play in that role.

But there have been recent calls for Rafa to play two strikers up fornt in a 4-4-2 formation – at least at home – which would possibly enable us to get more goals.

Mitro certainly has the passion and he just loves things at Newcastle, but he must start putting that ball in the back of the net when he gets his chances, which he cannot be accused of doing so far this season.

However, if there’s one man who can get the best out of the 22 year-old striker – it’s Rafa Benitez – and Mitro is still young.

Let’s hope we see the lad smashing in those goals once the season starts up again next Saturday, when we are at home to Brentford.

Comments welcome.