Aleksandar Mitrovic will not be sold by Newcastle United.
That is the claim in an ‘exclusive’ from the Chronicle on Wednesday afternoon.
The newspaper saying that their information is that Mitrovic definitely won’t be sold in the next two transfer windows, meaning that summer 2018 would be the earliest they would consider trading him in.
There continues to be a lot more action off the pitch in terms of media/fans talking about the NUFC No.45, than there is action on the pitch from Mitrovic himself.
The Chronicle piece talks about the Serbian forward having ‘been in and out of the United side this year in the Championship’.
The reality though is that Rafa Benitez has only started Mitrovic in eight of the 37 Championship matches this season, making it more of an ‘in and out and out and out and out’ for the striker who really divides opinion.
Not sure what the thought process is to believe that if Rafa Benitez won’t play him in the second tier, why would he then think it is a good idea to select him in the Premier League.
Plus, in the relegation fight last season, Rafa Benitez chose Mitrovic in his first two games and then left him out of six of the next seven games which decided Newcastle’s relegation.
The fans I speak to, all have worries that Dwight Gayle might struggle in the Premier League, never mind Mitrovic.
It being generally seen that Newcastle, if promoted, will need at least one, if not two, forwards who are better than what is already at St James Park.
That would push Dwight Gayle into second or third position in the pecking order, which would mean Mitrovic in fourth or even fifth place behind Daryl Murphy, in many fans’ eyes.
Obviously the club paid way over the odds in transfer fee and wages for Mitrovic but certainly if Rafa Benitez stays at Newcastle, it is very hard to see the one-time Partizan striker getting many first team games.
The Chronicle 15 March 2017:
‘Newcastle are not looking to sell Mitrovic in any of the next two windows.
Instead, they will look to generate more competition with Dwight Gayle and Mitrovic expected to be in the fold and a new centre-forward to come in. Daryl Murphy also has a year left on his current deal.
The Serbian international has been in and out of the United side this year in the Championship and has weighed in with six goals in the first team.
Mitrovic has been constantly linked with moves away from St James’ Park with Napoli, West Ham and Swansea City all reportedly interested in his signature in recent months.
However, at 22 Newcastle still see Mitrovic as a young player and one that they can develop further next season.’