Rafa Pleased About Mitrovic – Congratulates Him On His Goals For Fulham

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.

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7 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree. A good manager is worth several good players. I’d rather spend £80m on getting Benitez with nothing to spend on players than get McClaren, Souness, Pardew or Carver on a free and give them £80m to waste. Even if you scouted great players and gave them to those buffoons they’d still be fighting relegation.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, can you make it so if you miss the bus, your post goes straight onto the new one? Is that possible?

    Wonder what it is with clubs that they have such a problem understanding a simple word like ‘attendance’. It’s not really that difficult if you speak the language propa like wot we does.
    Attendance is simple enough: it’s the amount of people attending the game. What it isn’t, is the amount of tickets sold, or disgruntled ST holders who can’t be bothered turning up.
    It’s not like they can’t get it right. Every ticket is registered as it goes through the reading device.
    Arsenal have to be the worst offenders, with their 59-60k crowds every game, even when there’s more empty seats than full ones. I have noticed a small club down the road resorting to similar porkies though.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Mike, well, McClaren proved your point mate. He was given 80m and took us down. That truly was an achievement, even by his standards.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if Armstrong (assuming he gets up to Premier quality in the next year or so) would fit into Benitez’s current system. He seems to thrive in teams that are camped out in the opposition half where Benitez’s current team are often camped out in their own half. Maybe this style will change as we get better attackers or maybe Armstrong is capable of playing a more defensive role as he did for Bolton. I expect Benitez will be asking these questions when he decides whether to accept Blackburn’s inevitable bid this summer.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Arma is ideal for Rafa. He thrives on running the channels and would gobble up those chances Gayle keeps missing. He’s lightning fast over 20-30 yards, so once he sets off and gets the through ball, nobody’s catching him before he gets his shot off.
    Check out his last two goals, where the ball was fed behind the defence for him to run onto. He’s done that since he was 16 that I’m aware of.
    If you go on the Blackburn site, all his team mates are raving over him, saying he definitely has what it takes to play PL football.
    A striker is only as good as the service he gets anyway. No service, no goals. Mowbray knows his game from Coventry and makes sure he gets the right service. We would be crazy not to give the lad a chance,because if we don’t, somebody else will.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I like Neil Warnock, but seriously, he has to be the biggest cry baby in management 🙂
    Having a go at the Wolves manager was just sour grapes. The man had just seen his team survive two penalties in injury time – the last one with literally the last kick of the game. So when the whistle blew, he ran onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. A natural reaction.
    God forbid he forgot to shake his hand. Shit happens. Get over yourself ffs.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle have needed to be more secure in their epl status before they could seriously consider giving Arma a run in the side. Couldn’t happen last term, nor this, with so much riding on them, A decent season in the Championship with Blackburn next season, while we consolidate a top half place, and then bring him back for a real dip in pre season 2019 if all goes well. He’ll still need to be going some though, even then. You have to be genuinely good to play for Newcastle.


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