Serbian Manager’s Outburst On Mitrovic – Who Will Leave Newcastle This Summer

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two goals for Serbia last night – two opportunist goals against Nigeria – and with his seven goals for Fulham he now has 9 goals in 10 games since leaving Newcastle on loan on January 31st.

He has been a vital player for Serbia in the World Cup qualifying games and he’s almost a certainty to start for Serbia in the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Mitro doesn’t seem to fit into Rafa Benitez’ long-term plans at Newcastle and it is very likely he will be sold this summer – in fact, it’s almost a certainty.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the goals

But with his form as it is (very good) – and especially if he has a good World Cup – his transfer fee will be above the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him almost three years ago.

His Serbian manager Mladen Krstajic had this to say about his player:

“Mitrovic was very lucky to be coached by Jokanovic, a coach from Serbia who knows him very well.”

“Mitrovic did a very good thing in choosing to come to Fulham.”

“I’m sure that after the loan he will move to an even bigger, better club, where he can do much better.”

“Personally, it’s a great pleasure to have a player such as Mitrovic in our squad.”

“He’s a killer up front, which he proved against Nigeria.”

It’s not clear whether he’s taking a dig at Fulham or Newcastle when he says he can do much better at another club – but it’s probably both.

Mitrovic has never really delivered the goods at Newcastle even when we were in the second division last season.

But some would say he hasn’t been given the chance.

He has scored 17 goals in 72 appearances for Newcastle and in the Premier League games he has 9 goals in 34 appearances.

Mito’s scored 13 goals in 35 appearances for Serbia.

For whatever reason Rafa doesn’t seem to want him at Newcastle, so it would be better for both parties for him to leave the club this summer.

There’s no doubt he will be in demand.

He was 4th choice striker this season behind Joselu, Gayle, and Perez and once Islam Slimani was signed he was sent on loan to Fulham.

It’s best for Mitro to leave Newcastle so he can start playing regularly again – he’s too good a player not to be playing regularly.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Basogeordie

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Jeez how many multiples does jail actually have….?

    So we get the man himself
    Jeff in benwell
    Jessica Fletcher
    Mrs Marple……


  • toonincheek

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Very happy to Mitro doing so well for Fulham and Serbia.

    Problem for us is – Mitro is great in an attacking team,
    but is left a bit short when playing for a team that needs
    to play a counter-attacking game.

    NOT (JUST) a question of following Rafa’s instructions.
    More a question of our counter-attacking tactics (that is
    effectively forced on us by the quality of our squad).

    And – I DO NOT call this a Championship quality squad,
    but it’s lower/mid PL standrad.

  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Jokanovic is lucky to be managing in
    the Championship with the level of
    player he has at his disposal they would get
    murdered playing 4 – 3 – 3 in the PL
    basically you have
    Cairney McDonald Johansen Piazon and Sessegnon
    all busting a gut to deliver the ball to Aleksandar.
    Similarly with Serbia he has Tadic Ljajic Kostic all
    first class doing the same thing

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Mitro’s still a young man. He’s still learning. I don’t think Rafa is above giving the lad another chance as long as he learns to follow instructions and kerbs that temper. (Maybe petulance is a better description).
    Chances are he will move on, but I’m not willing to write him off yet. I think what kind of World Cup he has will determine the outcome.
    If he has a blinder Rafa might decide he wants the money to buy a player better suited to his game plan, but he could just as easily decide to find a way to fit him in. It’s going to require give and take from both sides.
    Unfortunately we don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes and have to rely on snippets that get leaked. If it’s a situation where Mitro simply won’t listen, then his days are numbered, but there’s time yet for him to mature and realise it’s not all about him. He scores for fun at times, it would be a shame to see him doing so against us, rather than for us.


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