Hints That Rafa Could Sell This Popular Player In January

There have been at least couple of articles in the Chronicle over the last day or two that Rafa Benitez doesn’t really fancy 22 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, mainly due to his unpredictability.

The fact that Mitro was left at home for the game at Blackburn on Monday and Rafa took along Danny Murphy  points to the fact that Mitro is not high in Rafa’s thinking.

The official reason was that Mitro was rested but the last thing the Serbian striker needs at the moment is not to be playing, since his minutes on the field over the last four games has been minimal.

Aleksandar Mitrovic in action for Newcastle

Rafa has never liked unpredictable players and he tends to prefer players like Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran who are experienced and follow his tactics exactly during a game.

That’s not always been the case with Mitrovic and maybe Rafa believes he simply cannot trust the striker.

It didn’t help that he was sent off in the last game of last season when we were 2-1 up against Tottenham with 20 minutes to play and that could have cost us the game.

It didn’t, but with no help from the young striker.

Because he had been sent off against Arsenal earlier in the season he was suspended for four games at the beginning of this season so that didn’t help him get off to a smooth start this season.

So that was a case where Aleksandar’s indiscipline let the team down and was not only was he sent off  at a crucial stage of the game, but then he missed the next four games through suspension.

There was a report in the Mirror in the summer that Rafa was willing to sell the striker because he had concerns about the youngster’s temperament, but that didn’t happen.

However it could be that if Rafa brings in a striker this month and he gets a decent offer of £15M or more for Aleksandar, he could be on his way.

That will be a huge disappointment to lots of Newcastle fans who just love the lad’s passion for the club.

If he’s not sold this month he could be put on offer in the summer and it would mean he spent only a couple of seasons at Newcastle – the club of his dreams when he was growing up in Serbia and idolized Alan Shearer.

As we said, that would disappoint a lot of Newcastle fans.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Well to be fair, it’s his own fault if he is sold, doesn’t follow instructions, evil temper. Not Rafa’s type at all.

  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    DARYL Murphy
    Danny is an ex Liverpool punditising scrote.

  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Players come – players go – especially with Rafa who has had a big turnover of players throughout his career.
    No player is anywhere near as big as the club and over the years fans will have to acceept losing the odd favourite as the price of having a manager of the calibre of Rafa Benitez.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Bad Temper, sulk a lot, Shelveys no frigging saint and he’s still here, yes he’s doing good this season but he was shite last season, so lazy at times.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    At the moment I wouldn’t mind Danny Murphy replacing Shelvey.

    Ha ha ha

  • yorkymag

    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    I think this if true is good news
    Mitro has been very poor in his time at Newcastle
    He is too slow and does not offer anything in terms of movement
    If we are to selll him Rafa has a replacement that will improve the squad win win

  • toontaff2

    Jan 4, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Sell. Not good enough and offers little when he does play. Blackburn at home was his big chance, but he was awful. He cannot get a sniff in the Championship, so why would he step up in the PL?
    Seems pre-occupied mauling the opposition, instead of playing the ball and misses too many sitters.
    RAFA was clearly not impressed in our cup game by his petulance when Ritchie was due to take our penalty.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Jan 4, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with all the points about his temper and his over agresion at times, however in the last four or five games at times we have been smashing crosses into the box non stop and only think he would have been better suited to be on the end of most of them.

    The problem Mitro has more than anything is Rafa has always and will always play one guy up front, end of story he doesnt really sway away from that.

    Liverpool, Napoli and Real all played with one main striker under him and even when getting beat he rarely sways away from his tactic until very late in the game.

    More so at Liverpool than anyewhere they turned over a shed load of strikers and attacking midfielders because they couldnt get in front of Torres and originally Gerarrd.

    At Real he played Benzema and then Bale and Ronaldo as wingers which is why the real fans called him boring coz he only went one up top.

    Im not 100% but think he bought Higuain at Napoli and played either Insigne or Hamsik off the 1 centre forward again.

    So Mitro aint going to get a shot unless Gayle gets a long term injury. My main fear would be selling him late January (Newcastle Style) and then Gayle gets injured and we only have Murphy as a back up!!!


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