This Could Be Good News And Good Timing For Newcastle

We only have three first team strikers at Newcastle but since Rafa plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation then we only really need one striker up front.

But it seems like in the Premier League the formation doesn’t suit Dwight Gayle too much and he has never been too successful in England’s top league.

Joselu is a very good technical player but has trouble putting the ball into the back of the net.

Our other striker is Aleksandar Mitrovic who is a good point man because of his physical prowess and he can put the ball into the back of the net too – usually.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – available for Liverpool game

In his first team career, he has scored 86 goals in 225 total appearances, which is not bad at all and at Newcastle he has 17 goals in 67 appearances.

And it looks good news that Mitro is now available for Sunday’s Liverpool game.

That’s after he got himself banned for three games for elbowing West Ham forward Manuel Lanzini in the home game against the Hammers.

Rafa was asked about the return of Mitro and this is what he said as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“We’ll see. “The competition will increase now, and I think that will be good for the team.”

“We want to have all the players available and competing, and then they have to realize that that is the way to have a stronger squad.”

“Push, push and make sure they are ready to play.”

The thing that does worry us about Mitro is his discipline but hopefully, along with Jonjo Shelvey – they will show more control on the field this season.

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14 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Absence apparently makes the heart grow fonder.
    Mitro misses his fair share of chances, when he actually gets into the right positions to get an opportunity.
    Joselu plays a handful of games, misses a couple of chances he should have converted, and suddenly he is tagged with not being able to put the ball in the net. If other players the fan base has ‘gone off’ is anything to go by,this tag will follow him about every time he misses a chance.

  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Certain pundits consider it nailed on that Mitro will start vs LPool

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3


    Totally agree. I just wonder what the consensus would have been if the seansea header had not been brilliantly saved, and the stoke effort not been snuffed out by more good keeping. Having what would have been 3 goals in 4 starts would have made him look world class. I think judgement shiuld be reserved

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Should be reserved until one of the other 2 strikers does something meaningful to warrant his dropping.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps the difference is that if we were putting the ball in the net with more conviction we would have had a point of Spurs, Huddersfield and Brighton in particular who if at 0-1 down I think would have struggled to come back to win let alone draw, same with Huddersfield.
    Three points lost perhaps over those three games.

    Spurs was down to Shlevey and the other two might have been better if Gayle was fully fit and mentally up for it. Think he should get more game time against Liverpool who won’t like his darting runs into their defence and playing off Joselu or Mitro – which one I don’t know but Rafa might start with Mitro and keep Joselu on the bench for Saturday.

    Helman/Herman – have the FA charged him ?

  • hibbit

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #6

    far to soon to be writing the lad off. but once the lunatic fringe on here get it in there mind that’s it.
    the kids no good full stop

  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Lots of “woulda shoulda coulda”
    NUFC play in the most unforgiving league in the world
    If players cannot hit the ground running (other club signings have)
    as has Merino
    they should be dropped
    we don’t have time to bed players in

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail…regarding chromecast there need to be a chromecast icon in the top right corner of the app you want to cast from…

    Alternative if you cast from a laptop then you can install an extension to the chrome browser and cast directly from the browser

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #9

    We’re not really expecting anything from the liverpool game, rafa should take the chance to try something new imo. Put merino shelvey and hayden on, and just see how they operate. If both shelvey and merino have free roles, i think they are inteligent enough to cover each other and take thier turns deep. The only mf with a set role would be hayden as the defensive one.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 25, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye mate, everyone is of course entitled to their opinion but some people were pist that we didn’t spend at least 20million on a striker in the window,so Joselu was labelled a ‘bargain basement’ fail before he put the shirt on. But that is a separate issue.
    I just would like to see the fella get a fair go first.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 25, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes, totally. I can understand, because we played that way all last season, But why is it some games we sit off them (like this one) when we are defending deep in the last third, and other times we harry and press in these areas. There is clever defending deep and there is Pardew defending deep. In the latter the team is to stand in it’s shape, Steven Taylor used to put a coin down on the pitch so he knew where to stand, regardless of the other team’s position or movement. Used to boil my fluids watching us defend under Pardew; an opposition player could stand inbetween everyone, be available for a simple forward pass and still not be picked up. Is it better to leave your post and mark a man in a dangerous area and leave some space to be exploited, or keep the shape and leave a man in a dangerous area free to receive a simple pass. Grrrrrrrrrrr. Anyway, it was this kind of defending I was seeing yesterday.
    I did notice that on the few times we tried to press them high, they moved and passed through us pretty easy and created more dangerous looking ‘counter attacks’ from this. Otherwise it was mostly percentage balls into the box from out wide. Some scares, but not many clear cut chances.
    Seem to remember last season, most of our losses came against the ‘lesser teams’ we were supposed to beat easily, and this season is following the same pattern. I think the gap is closing between top championship and bottom premier teams though, will be interesting to see how us three teams do this season, as we have all kept the same style and added a bit more quality to the squad.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 25, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    The fa ‘convictions’ usually come out tuesday. They have until end of working hours on the tuesday to decide.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13


    So we drop Joselu for a striker who is in form and has hit the ground running…..erm, who would that be then? Gayle runs, fair enough, but seems to do little else, where as Mitro hasn’t so much hot the ground running, but rather hit the fave elbowing 😀

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 25, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes, same thing I saw. I thought he looked sulky, but like hibbit said, it’s his normal way of engagement.


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