With Wolves v Newcastle next up tomorrow and Dwight Gayle seemingly set to still be out with his hamstring injury, we asked Toon fans the Mitrovic and/or Murphy question.
The question was, assuming that Gayle isn’t available,whether Newcastle supporters would choose to play only Aleksandar Mitrovic up front on Saturday, or Daryl Murphy as the single striker, or play the two of them together?
The ratio of goals to minutes when both Murphy and Mitrovic start games together is excellent, however that is limited to only the FA Cup match at Birmingham when the Irish international scored the opening goal in the first 10 minutes but the number 45 was forced off after getting injured in that same goalmouth scramble.
In Dwight Gayle’s absence, Rafa Benitez has shuffled his pack in the Championship.
Daryl Murphy came in and impressed against Brentford, scoring the winner when coming off the bench after Gayle picked up that hamstring injury.
He then followed that with his first league start for Newcastle, scoring the first goal in the 4-0 win over Rotherham, before playing the first 66 minutes against QPR before being subbed after a below par display from both Murphy and his teammates.
Last Saturday against Derby, Murphy was left on the bench and Aleksandar Mitrovic given his chance, the first Championship match he had started since November.
The Serbian didn’t have the best of games, although he did get an assist for the only goal when laying it off for Matt Ritchie to shoot, plus he linked up play quite well at times in the first half, despite his mobility looking even worse than normal.
The votes are now counted and thanks to everybody who took the time to make their preference known:
42% Play only Daryl Murphy
35% Play both Murphy and Mitrovic
23% Play only Aleksandar Mitrovic
With Murphy looking decent and scoring goals in those recent matches, I wasn’t surprised to see him win the popular note.
However, the most notable thing is that more than a third of voting Newcastle fans would play both Mitrovic and Murphy at Wolves on Saturday – that would be interesting to watch if it became reality for Rafa – though unlikely to happen!