Steve McClaren has admitted that he is considering dropping Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Asked after the Leicester shambles whether it was time to take Mitrovic temporarily out of the team, he said he was going to ‘look at that’.
The Head Coach said that the woes of the Serbian team might have affected Mitrovic but says that even if they had, it is still no excuse.
Against some pretty stiff competition, Mitrovic was voted by fans in our player ratings as the worst player on the pitch on Saturday, with an average rating of only 1.9.
It isn’t just that he is struggling for form and goals (last of his two goals was five weeks ago), it is his seeming lack of fitness and effort that is being talked about.
Some people commented that the fastest Mitrovic moved all day was when he was subbed for Papiss Cisse, with Steve McClaren even reduced to making a joke about that, saying Mitrovic was doing it to give Newcastle as much time as possible to get back into the game.
If he is dropped then sadly we are once again looking at a player who will come in who has done absolutely nothing to convince anybody that he deserves to.
Papiss Cisse would play against Crystal Palace, simply because there is nobody else.
“We will have a look at that, we’ve talked a lot about the disruption of the international break and players being away.
“It is a lot of hullabaloo, a lot of rubbish and no excuses, that’s what football is.
“Sometimes it is not all fine weather and things going your way, sometimes you need to roll your sleeves up and this is a time when we have to do exactly that.
“Mitrovic is part of a Serbia team that has had a bad time and that might have affected him, but it is no excuse.
“When he came off, maybe he thought by running off quicker it would give us more time to get back in the game…”