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Why is anybody even talking about Mitrovic?

5 years ago

What is it with Aleksandar Mitrovic?

This is my debut – so be gentle…but I felt an urge to contribute to The Mag for the first time.

I visit the site every day and let things generally wash over me, when it comes to whatever is being talked about, but enough is enough.

What is the fascination for so many people with Mitrovic?

I saw today that the media had been quizzing Rafa Benitez at his press conference as to whether the Serbian striker would be involved tomorrow.

How is that a story?

Surely it would be a story only if he is in the matchday 18, never mind actually on the pitch.

He has done absolutely nothing to deserve a place and in most cases has been a liability.

Thinking purely of ability and what has been shown this season, not transfer fees, wages, or how canny somebody is, or what a character they are…

Dwight Gayle is by a massive distance Newcastle’s best striker, then Daryl Murphy is NUFC’s second best striker by the same distance back to third.

In fact, there is even a case for Yoan Gouffran competing for that third best title instead of Mitrovic, as at least when he was chosen for the specific purpose of running around a lot at Brighton and harrying the defence, he could at least do that, though he did miss that sitter when one on one with the keeper.

I’m still not sure what Aleksandar Mitrovic is supposed to be good at.

He is the slowest striker in the whole of the Championship, never mind the Premier League. His finishing is poor and he hardly wins a header.

If you took away the massive transfer fee & wages and the whole imagery of how he was a boyhood Newcastle fan and is a bit of a lad, what are you left with?

I would love to see him turn it around but in almost two seasons I have seen next to nothing that would suggest he can do that.

If he had been bought in for a few million and without any of the razzmatazz, I think Mitrovic would be out on loan like Riviere, some club at the bottom of the Spanish league or similar.

Rafa Benitez is no fool and only eight starts this season (most of them simply because Gayle was injured) for Mitrovic and the fact Rafa didn’t trust him in the relegation run-in last season, tells you everything.

Let’s focus on the players who HAVE been unlucky to miss out on more starts in the team, such as Atsu, Murphy and others, rather than somebody who repeatedly fails to take their chances.

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