Aleksandar Mitrovic did get on at Old Trafford in the second half on Saturday, and that was only his fourth appearance this season for Newcastle as he seems out of favor with manager Rafa Benitez.
That’s even though we are finding it difficult to score goals and it’s a bit worrying we are starting to concede goals that could be avoided.
Mitro has been a big star of the Serbia side in World Cup qualifying games and he’s scored 9 goals in his last 11 internationals for his country – so he is a hero back home.
He is almost a certainty to make the Serbia squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer, but he also wants to be sharp and wants to play games this season.
But let’s face it – his career seems to be going nowhere at Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – in Serbia’s colors
He hints in this interview in the Chronicle today that he may have to leave Newcastle to get playing time before the World Cup.
Here’s some of what he has said:
“I’m patient but we will see.” “My patience is almost to the end, so we will see.”
“I want to play, I want to be on the pitch, I’m patient, but we will see.”
“The World Cup is a big thing for the whole country, for all the Serbian players, for my family and for all people in Serbia.”
“If you want to do something there, you have to be ready.” “If I want to be ready, I have to play games and to be on the pitch scoring goals.”
“The support of Newcastle fans is what’s keeping me alive.”
“Since the beginning, I don’t know why, but we have had a really amazing relationship. I love them, they love me.”
“Newcastle is in my heart and even if I maybe go somewhere else, Newcastle will still be in my heart.”
“I hope I will stay here but we will see what happens. I will always be a Newcastle United fan all my life.
Rafa could sell Mitro if he gets a decent enough offer and with his good performances for his country that could happen in January.
If we do get an offer, he will be sold as long as Rafa can replace him.