Malcolm Macdonald doesn’t hold back on his opinions, and he is true to form in his latest column for the Chronicle.
We’ve known in the past from his comments that Malcolm doesn’t rate Aleksandar Mitrovic who has played only 3 times (with 2 goals) for Newcastle this season.
And the former Newcastle striker is not as surprised as some of us the 23-year-old striker has not played more this season – especially since we have only scored 10 goals in 10 Premier League games.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – scoring against West Ham
Malcolm has severely criticised the player and even his character in the Chronicle; this is some of what Macdonald has said:
“I’ve spoken and written about my frustration regarding Mitrovic before and I know some people take offense at it.”
“But my frustration with him is that he has some of the natural attributes which should make him a force to be reckoned with but he just does not use them.”
“I know there’s a support for him in the crowd but they really are responding to his antics, not his talent on the field.”
“I think he plays the crowd better than he plays football with all the raised fists and trying to gee up the crowd.”
“Alan Shearer did not carry on like that after he had scored 50 to 100 goals for Newcastle. In fact, he didn’t get up to those antics when he had 200 goals in black and white.”
“Mitrovic isn’t anywhere near that level but the way some talk about him, it’s almost as if he is the answer to Benitez’s prayers and the manager just doesn’t realize it.”
“He should be dominating centre-halves but instead he still allows himself to be wound up by them.”
“Considering how long he has been a professional footballer – and how long he has played in England – that is just not acceptable.”
“To be honest, I regret the day Newcastle bought him. If you had £13M and gave it to Rafa Benitez, he would buy a much better, more complete forward.”
It’s true that Aleksandar was brought in during in the summer of 2015 before Rafa arrived at the club.
And Mitro has not improved too much since he arrived on Tyneside and his antics are a concern on the field and the fact he can get himself sent off.
Mitro is not consistent, and sometimes he looks great, and in the next other game, he doesn’t seem interested.
But we are still surprised he hasn’t been given a chance this season by Rafa, given the other strikers we have.
He’s scored 9 goals in his last 11 International appearances and 2 goals in 3 appearances for Newcastle this season.
It does look like Rafa will sell the Serbian International in January, if we can bring in a replacement.
What do you think?