Aleksandar Mitrovic is in some elite company at the moment.

Whilst he struggles to get a first team start for Newcastle, the striker has been on top form at international level.

Mitrovic scored in Serbia’s latest game, as they beat Moldova 3-0.

This was the forward’s eighth goal in his last eight international appearances.

It was also his sixth in six World Cup qualifiers and with 467 minutes played in Group D games, it has put him in the elite grouping of goalscorers in these qualifying matches.

The Newcastle forward has scored on average every 78 minutes in the group games, with only three strikers in Europe’s qualifying groups for Russia bettering that record.

Minutes per goal in World Cup qualifying (Europe):

45 minutes – Cristiano Ronaldo (14 goals in 630 minutes)

60 minutes – Robert Lewandowski (12 goals in 720 minutes)

61 minutes – Romelu Lukaku (10 goals in 606 minutes)

78 minutes – Aleksandar Mitrovic (6 goals in 467 minutes)

81 minutes – Diego Costa (5 goals in 406 minutes)

87 minutes – Stefan Jovetic (7 goals in 612 minutes)

88 minutes – Andre Silva (7 goals in 619 minutes)

  • Rich Lawson

    He plays off another striker who does the running (Gayle ?) ffs give it a try and see if the goals don’t start to flow ?

    • 1957

      I agree but Benitez will never go that way unless he has no other option

    • steve

      Half an hour against Norwich it worked wonders.

  • Peter Stabler

    14 goals in 630 mins at International level is just daft.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      4 goals against Andorra, 4 against Faroe Islands, 4 against Latvia, 2 against Hungary (and 0 against Switzerland) and the ability to walk up to your manager and tell him that if you don’t play the style you prefer that you’ll be “sad” and pout all game every game (and probably cost him his job), sort of takes some of the shine off of it though.

      • Natturner26

        He didn’t play against Switzerland. Terrible misleading comment.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          14 goals against teams rated 129, 89, 131 and 56 (and none against the team rated 4th) and an iron grip on how the team is run is what’s misleading. It’s irrelevant whether he played or didn’t play against the only credible competition in his group. His goals all came against minnows. It’d be on par with Kane running rampant against League One sides with Spurs.

          • Natturner26

            What’s misleading is when you write (and 0 against Switzerland) and (and none against the team rated 4th), your audience will think he played against Switzerland, the team rated 4th, and failed to score, when in fact he was injured and did not play.

  • Dave Mitchison

    I accept that Rafa will never willingly go down the two striker route but if you look at Mitro at international level and then you look at the squad we have now then two strikers is not such a bad option to play. We have wingers with pace who can cross the ball. They can also cut inside as an alternative. We have a big centre forward who will potentially flourish if fed crosses. In addition he can hold the ball up and feed a partner if the support of another more mobile striker is close at hand. We have Shelvey, Hayden and Merino to play in the middle and not only create but also cover and break up. With Clark and Lejuene in the centre at the back and Yedlin plus a left back(insert name here) and a decent keeper we might just get somewhere near the days of the entertainers once again.

    All that said it isn’t going to happen.

    • Michael Jacques

      You might be on to something, as long as the ref and opposition don’t notice we are playing 4-3-2-2!

  • fatboysneverendingstory

    Problem is this season alone Mitro and Shelvey haven’t played a full 90 in the Prem between them but they’ve been banned for six.

    • Geordiegiants

      I think Shelvey is worth the risk, he doesn’t seem to be as bad or frequent as Mitro, (although I’m sure Boring boy will scrape through the archives and check this out).

      • Mike Adam

        Don’t know who boring boy is, but you are flat out wrong again.

  • Steve Pearce

    Well – this raises an interesting point. Could Rafa’s reluctance to play two strikers prove to be his costliest mistake. He should realise that a truly great leader is always willing to change his tactics in order to achieve victory and gain the advantage of surprise over the opposition. I think he might well bow to this idea seeing how well Mitro has played using that system and has another three games to perfect it before he returns from his ban