A bit of a surprise that Aleksandar Mitrovic didn’t feature for Serbia against Poland on Friday.
The striker has shown some improvement under Rafa Benitez and with that late goal saver against Sunderland his confidence would have been sky high compared to earlier in the season.
However, speaking to the Serbian media, Mitrovic revealed that Newcastle United had contact the Serbian FA and asked them to wait at least five days before playing the striker, due to the blow to the head and falling unconscious against Sunderland.
Serbia lost 1-0 to Poland on Friday, which was exactly five days after the derby match, but going with Newcastle’s wishes and leaving Mitrovic on the bench and keeping him for the game against Estonia on Tuesday.
Another decent performance and hopefully a goal or two would be great news for Newcastle, as keeping the striker’s confidence flowing could be vital if he is to be the main hope of keeping Newcastle up.
The challenge for United is now to try and get as many crosses as possible of the quality Wijnaldum showed for that Sunderland goal, something they have consistently failed to do since buying Mitrovoic – a forward who has scored the majority of his career goals with his head!
Aleksandar Mitrovic quotes as reported by Mondo.rs:
“People called from Newcastle, asked to wait a minimum of five days after the (Sunderland) match, after losing consciousness and didn’t want to take any chances. It ‘s all right now, I am ready.
“We played a very good match against Poland , we had possession , had the game, but the result is not all that followed . We are making progress, getting better and the goals and wins will come.
“When you do not, then there is pressure. I think we are missing one or two wins to all be a lot happier. But public pressure is perhaps a little higher than it should, constantly writing about things that have nothing to do with football – I think it’s unnecessary.
“Anyone who wants to look at the reality can easily be satisfied about the atmosphere in the team and that many things (press reports) appear that are unrelated to the truth. We have a good atmosphere, now we play good football, it’s true there was no luck against the Polish, but if we continue like this, everything will fall into place.
“I do not know many Estonians, we know they are a strong team, very disciplined, with a draw against Norway. For some time there are no easy rivals. We know what we want and we will do everything to make our way.”