The Republic of Ireland will play Serbia in Dublin tonight in World Cup qualifying, and it looks like Ciaran Clark could even be marking his Newcastle team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Mitro is in the bad books again at Newcastle following his third sending off in Newcastle colors, after he elbowed West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in our last game.
The decision was retroactive since the referee missed the incident during the game and Mitro will now miss our next three games.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action for Serbia
But Mitro is scoring the goals for his country and so far has six goals in six games of World Cup qualifying for his country.
The Serbia manager Slavoljub Muslin says Aleksandar Mitrovic feels more appreciated when he plays for his country than when he plays for Newcastle United.
This is what Muslin had to say about Aleksandar as reported in the Mail and he takes a dig at Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez:
“Maybe the system we play with three attackers suits him better.”
“Perhaps the coach in Newcastle doesn’t have as much confidence in him as I do. He is our first center forward.”
“Perhaps he feels more comfortable playing for the national team than he does for his own club.”
In his two years at Newcastle, Mitrovic has played 67 games with 17 goals and 10 assists, and he does seem to be coming into some good form lately.
But the truth is that Mitro needs to improve his discipline and if he doesn’t do that this season the Serbian striker could well be sold next summer by Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?