Since we lost Mitrovic on loan to Fulham Newcastle, have played 6 games and we have 11 points and only one defeat at Liverpool.
So you cannot really say we have missed Aleksandar Mitrovic who has hardly started for Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
Mitro has recently said he just had to leave Newcastle to get first-team playing time before the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Rafa obviously was aware of this and finally obliged with a loan deal once he had Islam Slimani signed up on loan.
Rafa has made the point that he’s always in contact with the loan players of Newcastle.
That includes Mitro, and the manager is pleased the Serbian International is scoring goals for the London Championship club.
Mitrovic hoisting his manager in the air after a win last season
This is what Rafa has said about that as reported in the Chronicle today:
“In football, the ‘if’ questions are always impossible,”
“I want to congratulate Mitrovic because he’s scoring goals, he’s doing well and he’s happy, and that’s good news for him and good news for us.”
“If he had stayed here, what would have happened? ‘If’ in football is very difficult.”
“So you have to manage the situation that you have and think about the future, that’s it.”
“I will go back again to Leicester, win, 40 points and after, we will have plenty of time to talk.”
“I was congratulating him and Armstrong and I was in contact with Sels.”
“You are in contact with these players because we follow them. We are working on that.”
“We follow our players on loan and have a report every week to know if they were playing if they were doing well or not.”
Rafa is an excellent man-manager, and he speaks to the players about what’s best for them and the club.
If he thinks that’s somewhere away from Newcastle then so be it.
Rafa will very likely sell Mitro in the summer but probably only after the World Cup is over.
What do you think?