During Rafa’s press conference today the situation of Aleksandar Mitrovic was brought up and the fact the £13M signing from Anderlecht is not getting too much playing time at the moment even though in the last International break he scored a brace for Serbia against Austria on 9th October.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
This is what Rafa said about Aleksander when his name was brought up during the press conference:
“Yesterday we were training hard, and after we had an extra finishing session with Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and some other players.”
“Today Mitro was training well again, so he’s a good professional. He wants to be fit, he wants to train harder, he wants to play, but he knows that Dwight Gayle is scoring goals.”
“He has to just keep working, and wait for his chance.”
“Every day he is more mature because he I think realizes how difficult it is to be in a team when it’s playing well, he needs to keep working and improving little things.”
“But at the same time he wants to play and as I have said they need to push me in the right way and he’s a good player with commitment and passion.”
It seems that Mitro is OK with the current situation – yes he wants to play – but we have seen the way he celebrates the goals that his heart is with the team and we all know the 22 year-old striker loves playing at Newcastle United.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in training
Mitro will get games this season, but at the moment it’s just a difficult time for him with Dwight in white-hot form, but we are nevertheless impressed with the Serbian’s attitude.
What do you think?