There was an interesting report in the Chronicle that Rafa Benitez will definitely not be selling Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.
Given that Mitro has been upbeat of late when the news in the press has been his Newcastle career may be over, that may not come as too much of a shock to Newcastle fans.
It could be that Rafa Benitez sees the promise in the still young 22 year-old – and wants more time to bring out the best in the Serbian International striker.
Aleksandar Mitrovic against Preston North End
Certainly Mitro loves playing for Newcastle United and it would be a personal blow if he was sold this summer.
However, we do need more scoring power up front and have dropped too many points this season by missing the chances we have created in a lot of our games.
So Rafa wants to bring in a top striker this summer to add competition to the strikers already at the club.
Daryl Murphy may get the nod to start at Birmingham on Saturday and he still has one year left on his contract and we’ll see if Dwoght Gayle can repeat his heroics of this season in the Premier League next season.
Always assuming we are promoted.
Mitro says he is happy at Newcastle and doesn’t want to move, after his family is now said to be very settled on Tyneside.
But it’s been noticeable that both signings from Anderlecht two years ago – Aleksandar and Chancel Mbemba – have struggled for playing time at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez.
And Chancel, who is another popular player on Tyneside, is likely to be sold this summer after playing only 8 times for Newcastle this season.
That was after appearing 35 times for the side last season and playing really well.
What do you think?