Rafa Will Decide This Player’s Future In May – Any Chance Of Him Staying?

Fulham won again yesterday, this time at Preston North End by a score of 2-1 and Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored both goals, with the winner coming in stoppage time.

That’s 7 goals in 8 appearances for the Serbian International striker who is getting the job done for the London side.

Fulham are now in 4th place in the Championship and just 5 points out of second place and an automatic promotion spot.

Rafa Benitez has not played Mitro much since the Spaniard arrived at Newcastle two years ago today, and he will decide the Serbian’s future at the end of the season.

Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic – after Mitro had suffered a head injury against Sunderland

This is what Benitez has said in the Chronicle when asked about Mitro’s excellent goalscoring form for Fulham:

“There are two ways to analyze this.” “One is Mitrovic is scoring goals in the Championship. It’s good news for him and us.”

“Two, he is playing before the World Cup and he is our player.” “We then have to discuss his future in May.”

“In May we will see and if he is doing well fine no problem.”

“It’s not about style. We were the best team in the Championship and had an offensive style.”

“We scored 85 goals and conceded 40. We were the best team bar none.” “We had more shots on target than anyone and we were second on crosses.”

“So everything was there in place.” “We were an attacking team. Dwight Gayle got 23 goals even with two months out injured.”

“Nobody can complain about our attacking style as we had Gayle, Ritchie, and Atsu. You can see the numbers.”

“It (Mitro’s omission from the team) was because Dwight Gayle did so well and other players had to wait.”

Newcastle managed to score 3 goals yesterday for the second time this season in the Premier League, with goals from Kenedy (2) and Ritchie, but Islam Slimani – brought in to replace Mitro – is still out injured and has yet to play for us.

So we didn’t miss Mitro yesterday.

The 23-year-old striker still has two years left on his five-year deal at Newcastle, and we expect Rafa to sell him this summer.

But if the Serbian keeps scoring goals for fun, the transfer fee could be more then the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him in the summer of 2015.

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4 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to sign him too, but if Chelsea charged us £6m for Atsu who is older and was just so-so in the championship, then Kenedy will cost 10-15m easy. I find it strange Benitez bought Atsu & Murphy for left wing in the summer and was still chasing Kennedy. Maybe he’d planned to loan out Murphy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think it’s a question of ability. Mitro is clearly a better player. There is a reason, we may never find out why he doesn’t fancy him. He should have never been in this position in the first place. If Ashley had provided Rafa with the striker he wanted we’d be about 8 or 9 points better off now and safe for the season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    The next Mike Williamson,
    It’s about competition for places. Do you think it’s a coincidence Ritchie has stepped up a gear since Kenedy arrived.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    If that photograph is anything to go by (and I know they can be deceiving) it looks like Mitro is not even interested in Rafa’s attention or words. Perhaps he has just found his level at Fulham as the Premiership always seemed to be too much for him to handle. In addition he was a bit of a loose cannon and could never be trusted to stay on the pitch and keep out of trouble. Not the kind of pressure our manager wanted when points are so hard to come by.


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