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?