Matt Le Tissier says that he thought Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘flattered to deceive’ in the match against Stoke.
Whilst he had more encouraging words for the other three attacking players – Wijnaldum, Perez and Sissoko – the TV pundit thought that Mitrovic faded the longer the game went on.
The former Southampton midfielder thinks it is two points that have slipped away from Newcastle but added his voice to the many who have made Jack Butland the man of the match and the main/only reason Stoke didn’t lose.
As for why Newcastle didn’t score, Matt Le Tissier maybe touches on one of the major reasons why United aren’t scoring regularly.
Much as he says Mitrovic faded, Le Tissier also admitted that the Serbian striker didn’t get the service that he really needs.
Newcastle have bought a big centre-forward who scores the majority of goals with his head and yet they play with no wingers, with Florian Thauvin frozen out of the team at the moment.
It is no surprise that the closest Newcastle came to scoring was the Mitrovic header from the one decent cross he received.
Even then, I thought he made Sissoko’s decent cross look an excellent one, in the way that he brilliantly angled his body to head the ball on and to so unluckily see it come back off the post with Butland well beaten.
Unless Newcastle find a way to get more decent crosses in, I think the team will be wasting maybe up to half of their goalscoring capacity, especially as the more diminutive Gini Wijnaldum has also shown that he is so good at arriving in the box and meeting crosses.
Matt Le Tissier talking to Sky Sports:
“I think Newcastle will be looking upon this game and thinking that it is two points that have got away.
“On the balance of play, they probably did deserve the three points and Jack Butland was the difference.
“Sissoko did ok and I would probably have said Wijnaldum did pretty well for them too. I thought Perez flitted about, got himself into some good positions.
“Mitrovic flattered to deceive a little bit, in the first half he looked bright but second half he faded out of the game – he didn’t really get the deliveries into the box that he can feed off.”