Could This 28-Year-Old Austrian International Do A Job For Newcastle?

There’s news in the Mirror that West Ham’s new manager David Moyes will let Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic leave the club in January.

And inevitably the forward has been linked with Newcastle whether Rafa Benitez has a real interest in the player or not.

The former Stoke winger has not been impressive at West Ham after joining them in a deal worth over £20M in the summer, and Newcastle will pay nowhere near that price – even if Rafa is interested.

Rafa is about to cut loose Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in January, and Arnautovic’ character seems similar to that of the 23-year-old Newcastle striker.

Marko Arnautovic – in West Ham colors

So a good question is would Rafa want a player who doesn’t fit close to the profile of players the manager likes to sign.

Those are players who have a passion for improving their play and giving 100% in training and during games.

Rafa could maybe get the best out of the 68 times capped 28-year-old Austrian International but we really doubt the manager would consider bringing him to Newcastle.

This one is similar to the stories recently that Ben Arfa could be returning to Newcastle – that’s never going to happen as long as Rafa is the manager.

Maybe we could take the Austrian forward on loan in January and see how things work out – including how his attitude and temperament are.

But a leopard cannot change its spots as the saying goes – well I think that’s how it goes.

We’d be very surprised if Marko Arnautovic arrives at Newcastle in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1


  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    JIB, you been drinking with SuperMac and Runaway 🙄

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Mitro should have been thrown on v Bournemouth, but SuperMac has him nailed to a T! He will never be good enough to make much impression in the PL.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Ronaldo, from Wiki
    ‘After a failed business venture and divorcing his second wife, he struggled with the aftermath of his injury. MacDonald said that the pain from his long-standing knee injury led to an increasing dependence on alcohol. He eventually gave up drinking in 1997’
    Don’t think suggesting SuperMac was back on the drink was really very clever!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Beat me to it 🙁

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh my bad lol. I didn’t realise that was the cause of it. Just hear that he liked a drink as well as a few other activities. Won’t be doing that again.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7

    How does he have him nailed to a t and can assume he won’t ever make an impression on the pl. at 20 years old in a new league, under pressure to be our leading man at that age, under mclaren in a relegation squad he still scored 9 goals. Not too bad imo.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    If Marko Arnautovic is offloaded by Moyes then it’s so he can accommodate Ings in his squad.
    In that scenario we miss out on a loan for Ings and acquire another ex-Stoke player to buddy up with Joselu.
    Doesn’t quite seem to fit the bill.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Not just my opinion – seems Rafa’s as well.
    Lukaku is only a year older than Mitro, so think the constant references to his age and potential to improve, are a bit hopeful!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Loch, might bring back Markaccus and Hellodjo, with links to Stoke’s fanzine, just to wind C-Dog up a bit more 😆

  • hibbit

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11


    was that your party of 4 sitting in the window of the tapas bar opposite woven at about 3pm ??
    seen the short sleeves !!!!!!!!!!!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Why is it hopeful, because you have picked one player for comparison? A player of a complete different style if I may add.

    You are entitled to an opinion but so what if it seems to be rafas too. He can make mistakes too lol. Has done in the past and will continue to do so. Fantastic manager so not criticising that, just have a different opinion regarding mitro.

  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    ronaldo aarons
    At your suggestion I did a contrast and compare
    I did it between Mitro and his hero Shearer
    Mitro 4358 mins played 109 matches (37 as sub)
    29 goals
    Alan 41143 mins played 328 matches (8 as sub)
    284 goals

    Quite nicely balanced AS played 10 times longer and has
    10 times more goals


    AS 34 yellow cards I red cards in 18years of senior football

    AM 19 yellow cards 4 red cards in 5 years of senior football

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    It wasn’t long ago he was being hammered for his lack of awareness and poor finishing.

    In Rafa I trust. And he views Mitro objectively. He will be scouring the world for a striker to improve the team, no doubt about that.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Did I ask for a comparison between mitro and Alan Shearer lol, one of the greatest strikers to have played the game. Think I only suggested you look at how many reds he has for us and for Serbia. This talk about him playing means we will regularly be down to 10 man is without any basis. He’s been sent off twice for us, maybe three times if I have forgotten.

    Since you have provided them I will say the goal stats you have provided are seriously flawed. Shearer is a player who had a career and has hit his prime. Mitro is still 22/23, no where near his prime yet so yes of course his career goal stats are poor. That’s only logical. Are you really trying to make a point from this? If you want a more real comparison, compare their stats when they were both 22/23.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #16

    I am going on what I have seen of Mitro at the Toon – often looks lazy/not bothered and do not get why he always looks at the opposition player before challenging for the ball.
    Name a player we can compare Mitro to – A player in his style, whatever that is.

    I spoke to someone who went to games with a PL ref assessor – the assessor told him refs have targets – players they are aware of their reputation for violent play/fouling/cheating/diving/dissent etc- already expecting certain players to offend before the match – I reckon Mitro is and probably always will be on that list!

  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Shearer of course should have been 493 matches played( I just did his Toon games)

  • Jib

    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Ronaldo Aarons
    I’m not trying to make any point
    Just looking for a reason
    In the words of Joe Friday
    in Dragnet
    “Just the facts ma’am – just the facts”
    I don’t really have that much of an opinion
    but the unavoidable FACT is,
    Rafa doesn’t select Mitro
    – just trying to show why that
    might be.
    The other day I theorised it may
    be problems with the arrival of his
    second child

  • magscar

    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I think in the longer term it is clear Mitro has no future here. However it is currently about can Rafa utilise him now especially from the bench.

    Leaving his tendency to draw ref’s and pundit’s attention to one side it his mixed ability to defend from the front and a lack of constant mobility off the ball throughout the game that Rafa perhaps finds wanting the way he wants/has to set up at present. In a different set up he may well prosper but Rafa is unlikley to change his favoured strategy to accomodate one player nor should he. Mitro has to learn to adapt even if it is from the bench.

    Roll on January which must surely bring better options.


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