With the January transfer window just a couple of weeks away Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a number of clubs lately including West Ham, Napoli, Crystal Palace and Porto.
Rafa Benitez has not started Mitro much this season, but that’s because of the fine goalscoring form of number 9 Dwight Gayle who has hit 16 goals so far this season in the Championship.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action against Blackburn
One of our other strikers Daryl Murphy hardly makes the squad these days and that’s one consequence of having a big squad and there are very few injuries we have picked up this season.
There is speculation that Mitro may be sold next month, but that’s certainly not what the manager is thinking and Rafa believes those rumors are the work of agents – who of course get paid when their clients move to other clubs on new deals.
Rafa talked about this yesterday to the local press and that agents are the problem in football today.
This is what Rafa said:
“The most difficult thing is to decide who will be in the squad and the team.”
“I have to make these decisions because Daryl Murphy is doing really well. He is very professional and a good finisher. He is not in the squad for Burton.
“Leaving him and Mitrovic out of the squad and the team is not easy. But Dwight Gayle, the top scorer in the league, is also doing well and we have other strikers who could be playing.”
“We have to keep them training well and coaching them properly.” “Even when they are not playing, you have to try your best for them, too.”
“Mitrovic would like to play, but he is training well and is quite happy.”
“It happens. Players have agents, so if they are not playing somebody will try to move him on because he thinks it will be fine – and there is a commission in the middle.”
“That is the problem with football now.”
Rafa doesn’t want to sell any of his first team squad in January and it’s not like we need the money with the financials at Newcastle looking very good at the moment.
But agents are causing problems with players these days as they try to move them on to other clubs so they get paid.
What do you think?