The game at Oxford United yesterday wasn’t the first time Aleksandar Mitrovic has started a game for Newcastle and completely botched his chance to shine in front of Rafa Benitez.
If Mitro had taken his chances in that first half Newcastle could have won the game, but we didn’t and his penalty miss in the second half was more evidence the Serbian striker is wasting his opportunities at Newcastle.
His lack of playing time could have been a reason for his poor finishing, but missing four good opportunities in a game we lost 3-0 is not good.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – poor game yesterday
Here he is missing that second half penalty
We also have to remember after a so-so season last year in the Premier League this was supposed to be the season when Mitro could come good in the physical Championship – a league that is very suited to the Serbian’s physical strengths.
But it hasn’t happened and with Dwight Gayle now our number one striker, Daryl Murphy has come from nowhere since he got his chance in the game at Birmingham and has scored three goals in three games for us.
You have to remember that Mitrovic started the season as the number one striker although he missed the first four games for picking up that red card in the final game against Tottenham last season.
It’s hard to know, but you have to think that Murphy would have scored from at least one of the three chances Mitro spurned in that first half.
Daryl will start the game on Wednesday night against QPR in a game we have to win to keep on track for promotion.
But the fans are not happy with the pathetic second half yesterday and heaven help us if we don’t play well against QPR, with the crowd maybe becoming nervous and that being passed onto the players.
We’re out of the FA Cup and we deserve to be, given that lackluster second half performance yesterday, but we will field almost an entirely different side on Wednesday night and what we need is a good win to get things back on track.
As for Mitrovic, he must have a lot of work to do this season to convince Rafa Benitez he has a future at the club.
What do you think?