Mitrovic Happy At Newcastle – For The Moment

There is an interesting report in the Telegraph today that Rafa Benitez has had a one-on-one talk to Aleksandar Mitrovic about the situation with Dwight Gayle starting in the side and scoring 17 goals for Newcastle and that Mitro will need to be patient – at least in the near term.

The meeting took place yesterday morning during training and Mitrovic again said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle and wants to stay and fight for starting place in the side.

Aleksandar Mitrovic in action against Blackburn

This comes as the likelihood of some big bids are going to come in for Mitro next month.

Both Crystal Palace and Swansea – two sides in the relegation scrap this season – are said to be willing to bid £15M for the striker.

This is what Rafa told the local journalists yesterday as reported in the Telegraph:

“I can’t say 100% I will not sell these players, because you never know.” “At the moment, we are not thinking about selling.”

“We have had a conversation today. Mitro is fine, he’s OK and he understands the situation.”

“He knows that Dwight Gayle is scoring goals and it’s very difficult to play every week.”

This sounds like good man-management from Rafa that he has been made aware that clubs will be bidding for Mitro in January and the club intends to turn down those bids and he wanted to check how Mitro felt about the current situation at Newcastle.

Of course there’s always the chance that one of the clubs could offer silly money for Mitro – north of say £20M – and then Newcastle would need to think about it more.

Newcastle did that last January when we offered a whopping £25M to West Brom for striker Saido Berahino, but they still turned it down.

If the Serbian stays on the sidelines for the rest of the season with Dwight Gayle continuing to score the goals, maybe the future at Newcastle will not look too bright for the 22 year-old Serbian International.

In that case he could well be sold in the summer if we are promoted, because Rafa will want to significantly improve the quality of the squad for the Premier League.

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6 comments so far

  • posada

    Dec 30, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we’ve been fed a load of nonsense by Benitez.
    Particularly with regard to rotation policy.
    I don’t think the team will be the happy ship it is made out to be.
    Why would it when these players never get a look in

    To a lesser extent Atsu.

  • jasper

    Dec 30, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Returning to the Rafa’s too defensive argument what bothers me is our inability to cope with a press. I was abroad For the first game of the season but bar the Forest fiasco our defeats since have all derived from a harassing press. Huddersfield, Wolves, Blackburn
    and SW. Quite varied teams, only one DM, quite attacking against Blackburn (Yedlin, Gamez and Atsu started, with Mitro).
    When teams come and sit right off us, like Birmingham, then we look very comfortable.
    Various posters have proposed solutions, including something close to the formation that failed against Blackburn. However that failed, perhaps because Mitro got isolated. Gayle only came on at 84 mins.
    I don’t know how many minutes Gayle and Mitro have been on the field simultaneously, but it must be well short of 90 mins in total. Yet in the most memorable game of the season we won thanks to their joint contribution. Possibly the only game when they were both on the field for over 20 mins.
    When we get pressed the defence start hoofing because we don’t have midfielders who can move the ball slickly and quickly enough to evade it. And if we hoof it to Gayle or an isolated Mitro we lose it.
    So my view is that we need to either play much more 4-4-2 or acquire more ball playing midfielders who can work the ball out of tight corners – or we will be in trouble.

  • posada

    Dec 30, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree. we don’t cope with a press.
    But, we can’t apply a press to the other side either.
    Against Wigan we sat back and let them play. We were lucky they did not score a couple of goals.

    A lot has been said about us not passing well from the back.
    But, you need midfielders who can and are willing to receive the ball under pressure. Do ours?

    To make my point. Richard Gough was playing for Rangers when Gazza played his first game. After 10 minutes Gazza goes up to Gough and says what you playing at you never pass to me.
    Gough – Paul both times you were marked. Someone was tight to you.
    Gazza – That doesn’t matter just give me the ball.

  • banjax

    Dec 30, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    A bid of £15m is hardly likely to turn anybody’s head especially when you recall that we paid £13m for Mitrovic. A bid more likely in the £20m+ range would spark sellers interest, but then why would Mitrovic want to sign for a relegation club when he would likely be promoted with Newcastle. Sorry but the sums don’t add up !

  • booboo

    Dec 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I AGREE WIT POSADA- i dont get it why ?? dont u use your best players or atleast give them a chance ?? i think it is his aura that improves players not his managment. because i am sure dissapointed wit the progress of some of our young most tallented players.. i espected better managment from him even though his preferred line up have done well wit less ability. cmon now benitez lets see some exitement

  • booboo

    Dec 30, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    the problem is that mbemba is best cb who can pass the ball and play but he not in the team. then we got a right and left back that both are defensive and dont play ball well enough offensive. colback can play but it seems like he really has not got into gear yet. hayden is up and down but shelvey is the prme reason this team done well. if u look at it teams who play ball rather than hoofin and boofin are doin well hudd,read,leeds… in this league we too but we could have been 20 points clear wit more adventure from the gaffa and that pissess me off. now .and wit shelvey out rafas negative formations i am lil bit worried …in the end just hope we gonna win this and get out of this league .


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