Rafa Tells Mitrovic What He Must Do To Play For First Team

Rafa Benitez is again very straight when he was asked by the local press what Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had to do to add to his three appearances (2 goals) this season.

And Rafa was consistent in saying any player not playing in the first team has to work hard in training and then when their chance comes along – make the most of it.

Of course, Rafa will say that about any Newcastle player not starting for Newcastle, and that’s the attitude he wants to see from his players.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – in training

The Newcastle manager was asked what Mitro had to do to get a game, and this is how he responded to that – as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s the same for everyone. “The players who aren’t playing at the moment have to carry on training and training hard.”

“And then if they get an opportunity, make the most of it.”

“Dwight Gayle was working hard. He was unlucky to get his goal disallowed against Bournemouth, and this was it.”

“I wasn’t unhappy with the 4-4-2 formation,” “It’s more about the players you have available.”

“Sometimes this season we’ve been playing it already. In defense, sometimes we are playing 4-4-2.”

“The system changes when we go forward. “It depends on the job they have to do and the characters in the players.”

“Mitrovic can fit into the system – why not?”

The news recently about the January transfer window is that whether we have new owners or not in January, there will be transfer funds available for Rafa to bring in new players to strengthen the squad.

One of them will definitely be a striker, and we could see the Serbian striker sold in January.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    was she into sports at all ?
    (of the outdoor type I mean)

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Did you know that excellent black actor
    Don Warrington
    Rising Damp
    Murder in Paradise
    was brought up on Warrington Road , Elswick
    hence the stage name

  • ascot7

    Nov 13, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Bennet has experimented with the Spanish element with no results. So bring in the Serbian nitro boom. I expect a bad result against Man-U.

  • Jib

    Nov 13, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Is that Albert Bennet ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 13, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    go ascot

    wow such positivity

  • ashleysmate

    Nov 13, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Albert Bennet?? …How old are you ,ha
    Wasn’t his nickname ‘ankles’

  • Sav

    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    We have only 3 strikers. We have spent very little. We have money coming in. Why is it always reported as though essential that Mitro, Gayle or Joselu be sold in order to bring one in?


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