Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘mystifies’ Newcastle United goalscoring legend Supermac.

Malcolm Macdonald’s verdict being that Newcastle fans are liking/responding to his ‘antics’, rather than what he actually does when playing.

The former NUFC star thinks Rafa Benitez would ‘buy a much better, more complete forward’ than Mitrovic, if he even had just the same money spent on the Serbian over two years ago.

Not mincing his words, Supermac says ‘I regret the day Newcastle bought Aleksandar Mitrovic’, and that he does’t ‘envy’ the job anybody has when trying to play with the former Anderlecht striker.

After scoring on Friday, his ninth goal in his last 11 internationals, it provoked more calls for Mitro to be included in seven days time at Old Trafford.

As for Joselu, Supermac is similarly unimpressed, saying the Spaniard ‘Will do nothing for Newcastle’, stating ‘I don’t think he is technically good enough and he is not a finisher either’.

Hard to disagree with that on the basis of what we have seen so far, plus the fact that at 27 Joselu has still never scored 10 league goals in a season in first team football.

Maybe surprisingly, Malcolm Macdonald has kinder words for Ayoze Perez, though he does accept he is currently ‘in a battle for his career at Newcastsle’.

He actually states that Ayoze Perez would be ‘exceptional if playing with somebody of the standard of Alan Shearer.

To sum it all up though I have to agree with Supermac’s conclusion…’The answer for Rafa is in the transfer market armed with funds’.

Roll on January…hopefully.

Supermac talking to the Chronicle:

‘When I look at Benitez’s options, I really worry. Joselu does not look like a Premier League striker to me and the whole debate surrounding Aleksandar Mitrovic really mystifies me.

I know there’s a support for him in the crowd but they really are responding to his antics, not his talent on the field. I think he plays the crowd better than he plays football with all the raised fists and trying to gee up the crowd.

He should be dominant in the air but he does not channel his strength or aggression properly to bully opposing defenders or win headers.

I hate to agree with Mark Hughes but Joselu will do nothing for Newcastle. I don’t think he is technically good enough and he is not a finisher either.

It feels to me like his continued inclusion in the team is more of a message to the owner for not backing Benitez than it is confidence that Joselu will score ten or more goals this season.

I feel for Ayoze Perez, who is working his socks off and – I think – knows he is in a battle for his career at Newcastle. He does not have a physical presence and I’m not sure he will ever be the greatest goal threat in the league but his workrate is phenomenal and he has some deft touches. But playing alongside Joselu or Mitrovic is not a task I envy. If he was playing in a better team I think he would be much more highly-regarded than he is. Alongside someone like Alan Shearer, he would have looked exceptional.

The answer for Rafa is in the transfer market armed with funds. Although there are people calling for Mitrovic, I just don’t think he will be the man to score the goals Newcastle need.

I regret the day Newcastle bought Aleksandar Mitrovic. If you had £13million and gave it to Rafa Benitez, he would buy a much better, more complete forward.’



  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Shocking comments really.. just no need at all.

  • Paul Patterson

    Half agree. Joselu isn’t a goalscorer, but you don’t persist with it when it isn’t working. At very least for the last fifteen minutes when a goal is needed to win a game, Mitrovic is a better option than bringing on Perez in place of Joselu to partner Gayle. And he IS our current top Premier League goal scorer. I doubt Supermac would be happy staying on the bench at 0-0 when goals are required.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Wise words from Supermac,the present options are nowhere near good enough and he’s right Mitro DOES play up to the crowd to gain support.
    Time to get rid of him and Joselu,if at all possible. Our striking options need a major overhaul to survive in this league.

  • Steve Pearce

    Aye – we need a new Supermac up front!

    • Kneebotherm8

      Supermac and Shearer……………… SAS dream team.

      • Geordiegiants

        Untouchable they would be.

  • Cuh

    A case of speaking when silence would have worked better… I can’t see how any of this helps our cause this season.

    • Geordiegiants

      Neither do the folk standing shouting for Mitro when Rafa is doing his best against the odds. The last thing he needs is added pressure from the crowd.

      • Mike Adam

        But he is not doing his best, he is not using all of the players at his disposal. 30 minutes for Mitro, where is Aarons? Why is Murphy getting time and not Aarons? Aarons has paid his dues at this club and is finally healthy. He doesn’t even make the bench, why? 10 goals in 11 games is poor and just keeps playing the same poor offensive players! “added pressure from the crowd” that is any fans right to voice their opinion, they are the ones who pay much of the players and Rafa’s paycheck. Some of you seem to cringe when anyone questions the great Rafa, nobody is perfect, except Clarko of course, and everyone makes mistakes and is open to criticism.

        • Geordiegiants

          Why is this one and that one not getting a chance????? Are you for real or what? That’s his judgement call, that’s why he is manager, and wins trophies and is very successful. What basis is your view that these players should be playing and you know better?

          • Damon Horner

            Swap them around and people will be asking where Murphy is.

            Bottom line we’re doing as well or better than expected with the players we have and none of the suggested changes would have a major impact in my view.

          • Geordiegiants

            Exactly!

          • Mike Adam

            Bottom line is maybe we could be doing better, but you don’t know because they do not play. How do you ever know if another player is better than an exsisting one, by giving them a chance!!!!!!!!!

          • Damon Horner

            Our squad lends itself to an alternative tactic and I agree with the fact that could be in place and used depending on opposition. It would be easier to tell players why they’re out the team then.

            Absolutely we could do better, most teams will think that, I suspect Man Utd wish they were up with City, Chelsea former champions, Arsenal is well documented, “Pulisaurus”, Crystal Palace didn’t score for 2 months, my guess is only Brighton, Huddersfield, Man City, Burnley and probably Watford have liked how it’s gone.

          • Mike Adam

            So continue with the players who have 3 goals in 11 games, that is fine with me, who am I ? I know that 3 goals in 11 games is shyte. You can continue to worship your God and I will continue to have my opinion and yes I am real. Why is Murphy playing ahead of Aarons and Joselu playing ahead of Mitro? Only because of one man’s opinion and whether you believe it or not Rafa is not always right! You and Rafa DO NOT know whether Mitro and Aarons could do any better because they have not been played! So continue with what is working so well.

          • Geordiegiants

            We are in 11th place. Where do you think we should be with this team?

          • Mike Adam

            That is not the point, there are other players on the squad who “could” help us do better, wouldn’t any fan want to see if they could? I am not saying they will, but we are not scoring, so please tell me what could it hurt?????????

          • Geordiegiants

            That is the point, the one and only point. League position is the whole point.

          • Mike Adam

            Well league position will continue to sink really fast if goals are not scored, so I beg to differ, but goals are directly related to league position are they not? As long as we are not scoring any we will continue to fall. What is it going to hurt to play Mitro and Aarons, I ask you again?

          • Mike Adam

            Silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

          • Geordiegiants

            Why does Rafa want to listen to your version of what should happen when he does a very very good job on his own, I don’t know if Aaron’s would be any better, but Rafa does. That is why he is paid handsomely to make these decisions. As far as I’m concerned, if we had anyone else managing these group of players we would not be in 11th. Look at what happened when tufty used Mitro. Using an argument of we will not be in this position if we continue to use these players is just daft, we got to this position with them and we are there now. That is all that matters, what don’t you get?

          • Mike Adam

            You continue to avoid questions and always go back to your old faithful, Rafa knows best! I am not even using what you say as an arguement. I am saying why wouldn’t any true fan want to give other players a chance to see if they can add something to the offense as opposed to the two he continues to send out game after game who have scored a whopping 3 goals in 11 games? We all want the same, more goals for NUFC, because regardless of what you say, goals translate directly to league position! We are only 5 points above the relegation spots, so we need goals don’t we? Even you cannot deny that.

          • Mike Adam

            Rafa doesn’t know whether Mitro and Aarons could do better because he doesn’t play them! It is impossible!

  • Alreet

    Bit low that. His temper ia a bit suspect but so is shelvey. Mitro can and has scored in this league against top opposition. He got us our first win against west ham. Hes scored against manu and spurs in the past.

    Bit unfortunate that rafa aint keen. Give the boy a proper run in a team that benefits him. Hes always scoring for serbia against reasonable opposition.

    Put simply. If jose isnt doing it and gayle is only just coming back give the big man a good crack and you never know he might suprise you.

    • Nut

      That’s just it though isn’t it, Rafa doesn’t rate him because Mitro has to be played in a team that is setup to benefit him, Rafa doesn’t like to set teams up to play through one player he likes a team that plays through everyone.

    • Dean Kovinic

      I agree with you 1 000 000 %

  • Nut

    I like Mitrovic, but Mac is right it’s probably more for his passion than any ability he has shown us.

    He has shown glimpses of ability but never consistently.

    Whilst under Rafa’s stewardship he has never really had a sustained run in the side and I think with one and the side setup to play to his strengths it would be the only way to know either way.

    But that’s not Rafa’s way he doesn’t like a side setup for one player he likes a side that works as a team.

    That’s why he doesn’t rate Mitrovic.

    Personally unless Rafa plays Mitrovic between now and January I would like to see him, Gayle, Joselu and any other half arsed strikers on our books got rid of, then 2 of Rafa’s choosing bought in and Armstrong and Tooney given a chance to show what they can do as a backup….

    • Geordiegiants

      I agreed all the way until you mention Arma and Toney.

      • Nut

        Yes I know what you mean but people will always clamour to see what they can do, show them they are not up to it and never will be and be done either they show signs or put the money that can be bought in by selling them elsewhere.

        Mitrovic, Tooney and Armstrong are not far off one another’s age and only Mitro is the one anywhere near our first team mainly because of what we paid out for him!

        • Geordiegiants

          This is exactly what I was going to say, they are a million miles away from the first team. Look at Merino for instance or Tammy Abraham, you either have it or you don’t, those 2 just aren’t up to it unfortunately.

          • Nut

            Armstrong by all accounts has done it at U21 lvl and in training so could be a question of him being played out of position at Bolton and previous team. At Coventry if you remember he was prolific, but the team was set up to get the best from him. Unlike where he is now or was previously.

            There are many strikers who will be do ok when everyone else is doing the graft, it’s a question of if they are willing to put the graft in to get the goals when teams are not set up to play the ball to them. Very few are willing or able!

          • Geordiegiants

            A top striker/player can play in any team, in any formation and still score goals.

          • Nut

            Isn’t that what I just said?

            A top striker is one that’s willing to put in the graft to get the ball and goals when a team isn’t set up to play for them or to them specifically.

            With a team set up for them they are even more deadly.

            IMHO Rafa is trying to get Mitrovic to do more of this, that’s why we don’t see him play as he isn’t showing enough of this on the training field. He needs more hunger, the passions evident but without the hunger to get to that ball and put it in the back of net he is going to be lacking.

            Joselu for his sins at least tries to get to it!

          • Albert Stubbins

            Precisely. Everyone is saying we went playing to his strengths. What exactly are his strengths. He celebrates a goal like a fan I suppose that’s his greatest strength?

    • Dean Kovinic

      How can he be consistent !!??? Jesus ….your management won’t play him ….let him play 5 full games and than u ll see what he is capable !!!!
      Common sense , give him time to prove or disapprove!!!!

      • Nut

        That’s exactly why I said I would like to see him given a chance to show what he can do before being shown the door in January if not up to scratch….

        In my opinion give the lad a chance to show if he can cut it.

        But the issue is it isn’t my choice it’s Rafa’s and Rafa doesn’t like playing people who he has to set a team up to play for rather than alongside….. That’s Mitrovic’s biggest weakness the team needs to be set up to get the best out of him with players working to his get the best of his strengths.

        He isn’t thus far consistently someone who can play alongside a team, bringing others into play and working for the good of the team as a whole.

        He causes teams trouble I will give you that and in a team set up to play to his strengths I believe can be a bit of a monster.

        But Rafa doesn’t generally like one player teams….

        He may of course surprise us all and set the team up for Mitrovic eventually.

        But I suspect what Rafa means he wants to see coming from Mitrovic is someone who works for the team as a whole and doesn’t need to have a team setup to play for them.

        Rafa in my opinion wants to improve Mitrovic that’s why he is doing this I think and it’s whether or not Mitrovic wants to listen and improve his all round game to become the type of player Rafa wants.

        He does it at times then others he goes anonymous or has a wobble and does something stupid out of frustration/being overly physical.

        • Mike Adam

          That is bull too Nut, he is a target man, he needs service! He also holds the ball up better than anyone we currently have! He was 3rd on the team in assists last season in his limited playing time! It is not setting the team up for one player, it is still a team game.

          • Nut

            The team still has to be setup to get the best out of him and he doesn’t produce the goods when it isn’t.

            The goods being goals!

          • Mike Adam

            Player service into the box, that doesn’t take a setup, it takes players crossing the ball.

          • Nut

            Service comes from a team being set up!

            Furthermore if when not getting service he can’t create chances himself he isn’t going to cut the mustard.

            On top of that his overly physical game and attitude mean he pulls a card every game he plays and Red regularly.

            In theory he could pick up a red every game he plays and make 10 games in a season because of getting banned for 3 matches so often…. do you think that’s being a team player?

          • Mike Adam

            What an utterly ridiculous statement, “he pulls a card every game he plays and Red regularly” what complete garbage!
            Why did you waste the time to type that? Service comes from players crossing a round object into a rectangular box, it is very simple!

        • Albert Stubbins

          I will say that’s he can hold the ball up back to goal and he’s decent in the air but you could say the same about a dozen championship strikers.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    A great striker so you must take notice of him about Mitro

  • Geordiegiants

    Super Mac is not the most intelligent of fellas, and he can see it as plain as day. It’s a handful of our fans that think they know better than Rafa.

    • Lhc

      We do know better than Rafa regarding Mitro hard for some fans to take. Rafa has got this one wrong plain and simple!

      • Chris

        Plain and simple your delusional.

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha lol. They are belta’s, “We do know better than Rafa regarding Mitro” What more can I add to that.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Nothing mate. I’ve never read so much pony in my life. Rafa sees him everyday in training but they all know better apparently. Incredible.

          • Mike Adam

            So have fun watching the current scoring machines who your God Rafa sends out game after game! I will ask again, what can it hurt?

          • Albert Stubbins

            Don’t be patronising mate. Rafa isn’t my god. Beardsley is!!! Your talking like no one has seen mitro play before. It’s precisely the reason why rafa doesn’t play him. He’s seen him enough thank you very much. As much as it pains me to say it I would give him a run out as the hoss is making me lose the will to live.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m not saying don’t ever play Mitro, as I think he is a decent impact sub. The point I’m trying to get across to this lot is, Mitro is no the answer, he never has been and never will be.

          • Mike Adam

            He might not be, you could be right. But you cannot say “never will be”, even the Great Rafa can’t say never will be. You guys still won’t answer my question, why not play Mitro for the next 11 games until the window? What could it hurt?

          • Geordiegiants

            Because he definelty would not get through the next 11 games without being a tit.

          • Mike Adam

            You do not know that! And that still would not hurt the team any more than the goal scoring record in the first 11 games. We have been shut out 5 times! That is not a reason not to play him it is an excuse! The trust issue is a farce continually brought up by the haters!

          • Albert Stubbins

            I agree with you 100% mate. He won’t score fifteen premium goals a season and you need that at the very very least from your no one striker if you going to get anywhere near top half. Ps my patronising quote wasn’t aimed at you gg.

          • Mike Adam

            Albert, my only point is what can it hurt? Mitro is scoring, in fact he has scored in 7 straight games he has played in. He has just turned 23 and Rafa has seen him enough, really? Not this year! Many a good and even some great strikers have come into their own at that age. And yes we have seen Mitro play before and he has been successful, you cannot deny that. Why as a fan of this club would you not want him to start the next 11 games until the window? He is the best hope of goals regardless of what Rafa or you or anyone else think! Who else has scored 49 league goals over the last 4 seasons? Who was 3rd on the team last year in assists in only 1100 minutes played? Who has scored Champions League goals? Who has scored 9 goals in their last 11 international games played? Perez, no. Gayle, no. Joselu, no. Yes I have seen Mitro play before and do a hell of alot better than the garbage Rafa sends out game after game! So don’t patronize me with Rafa has seen him enough! Really? I have seen Hoss, Perez, and Manquillo enough for a lifetime!

          • Albert Stubbins

            I’m agreeing with you that he should give him a few games in the situation we find ourselves in but long term? No, not for me.

          • Lhc

            Your hanging out the back end of Rafa along with many other fans

          • Albert Stubbins

            Not at all. He clearly makes more good decisions than bad that’s all. Would you rather he left?

          • Lhc

            How does me questioning rafas handling of Mitro imply anything along those lines? It doesn’t. I just think he needs to start him at Old Trafford give him a run in the team and swallow his pride, and I’m confident Mitrovic will do the business and prove people wrong.

          • Albert Stubbins

            And how does me supporting this single decision of Rafas lead you to state that I’m hanging out the back of him? I’ve disagreed with loads of his decisions on here and at the match but at the match I will still support the team he sends out regardless. For what it’s worth I do believe he’s being stubborn in his refusal to play him as it makes him look bad after buying the useless hoss. Plenty of other managers have this trait as it’s a price thing which is wrong. I do think that because of the situation we now find ourselves in that he should give mitro a run of games but in reality it’s unlikely it will ever happen. Do I think mitro is the answer or will ever be the answer long term., The answer is a definite no.

          • Lhc

            Fair enough. You say mitro isn’t the answer ok your opinion, but when we won’t spend any money north of 10/15 million these days what is the answer?! Murphy reported 12 mil Joselu 5 mil both bad buys there’s 17 that could of had us a decent striker instead of 2 players imo not premier league players.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Fair point but mitro was a reported fifteen million three years ago. Whoever sanctioned this move should have been certified imo. Yes, you are right in terms of the money but we could have had Lacazette for a reported sixteen million the season before. Even chichirito if played in the right system would get you goals at the same price. There are other planks of course for similer money, bony and bafetemi gomis spring to mind. I cannot accept that the money spent couldn’t have been spent on something more tried and tested at this level.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m having as much fun as I can without, so called fans telling a world class, top manager how he should and shouldn’t do his job.

          • Mike Adam

            Great, all managers make mistakes, just as all humans do.

          • Mike Adam

            Isn’t it great that we are all able to express our opinions and have this much fun!

          • Geordiegiants

            They are fncking lunatics man! Honestly this is like having an argument with Fleckman about Jabba.

          • Mike Adam

            You know everything and are good at name calling!

        • Mike Adam

          Not delusional, and none of us know better than the great Rafa, but I will ask again, what great manager continues to put out the same players game after game who have only managed 3 goals in 11 games? And two of those were assisted by the defenders! For God sake what can it hurt to play Mitro and Aarons who may add some punch to the offense? It cannot be any worse than 3 in 11. The funny part is that we all want the same thing, we just have different opinions on how to accmplish it. But what I cannot comprehend is how some do not want to see players tried who “COULD” make a difference. I don’t know for sure if they will and you don’t know for sure that they won’t! So again, I ask why not try???????

          • Damon Horner

            Probably because all the work surrounding tactics in training has gone into this way, whether it has clicked or will ever click.

            Trying something different because of performance is an admission you’re failing and it then becomes a team in panic which usually is the team that goes down. Too early for panic.

            Playing Mitro makes us route 1 no doubt. Without doubt should come off the bench.

          • Mike Adam

            Really, trying something different is admitting you are failing, and we are not failing at scoring goals? 10 in 11 by the entire team and 3 in 11 by the two main offensive players!

          • Geordiegiants

            We are 11th man, what is wrong with you? Where do you think we should be with this team.

          • Damon Horner

            “Too early for panic”.

            The time to overhaul the playing squad will be when it is clear on and off the training pitch it isn’t working or isn’t starting to click quick enough not when there is a sticky patch of form. If it continues then react in January, not in the pitch immediately, it’ll feel like Di Canio’s Sunderland where players were replaced every week.

        • Lhc

          this is the kind of response you get when you say anything questioning Rafa’s decisions tactics logic etc I’m not disagreeing he is up there with the best managers of today’s game, but Mitrovic is getting a raw deal and for the wrong reasons.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Spot on regarding mitro, a poor billy whitehurst.. the warning signs were there as he used to get booed from his previous team, quite unpopular…

    • Geordiegiants

      Pure shyte, he is a crowd pleaser, but he ain’t a footballer.

  • Toon Fan

    He may not be a top centre forward but his performances for his country and flashes he has shown for us (with very limited playing time) suggest he is easily our best centre forward. He may not be the answer long term but he should be in the team from now til January. If he produces consistently bad performances and fails to score any goals then fair enough, get rid. Don’t see how he can be judged on a few fleeting performances (admittedly in amongst a poor disciplinary record). He’s looked average at times, but also put in some good performances. Against Man Utd in January 2016 at St. James’ he dominated Chris Smalling, he did a similar job at Old Trafford earlier that year. Chelsea at home and arsenal away in the same season, the two games against Tottenham, and Man City at the etihad he was a real handful. Against top opposition no less. He’s scored 9 goals in his last 11 appearances for his county, no red cards, and very few yellows. Surely this shows that he is capable of scoring goals, and capable of maintaining his discipline? The kid needs a run of games the same as the other strikers have been afforded, then we can judge him.

    • Dean Kovinic

      Didn’t he also score 4 goals in very short playing time he was given pre season??

    • Mike Adam

      You are a true Toon fan! One of the few on here that can see that from now until January, Mitro is the best chance we have for goals. You and I have both pointed out his quality and goalscoring that no other player on our roster can claim. We are 5 points above a relegation spot right now, and unless we start to score some goals we will be in one very soon as the schedule gets much more difficult! I ask the haters one more time, what can it hurt to give Mitro and players like Aarons a run of starts? It cannot get any worse than 10 goals in 11 games as a team and 3 goals in 11 for the offensive players Rafa sends onto the pitch every week! What can it hurt?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yet another guy who is a disgrace to Tyneside not only did he leave us for Arsenal
    but left his wife and five daughters for a dolly bird than bought a hotel in Berwick which went bankrupt leaving many thousands out of pocket. A long with Shay Given should be banished from Tyneside for good.

    • Lhc

      Have I missed something regarding shay given? Genuine question

      • Soldier

        Given dumped his wife for a younger model

        • Peaky Magpie

          Never knew that,learn something everyday I suppose.

          • Geordiegiants

            Personally I couldn’t give a fly fig. Given was a very good keeper, and Supermac has never been the most intelligent of people, but was an excellent forward.

    • Paul Patterson

      Bollocks. Don’t bring peoples personal lives into it.

    • Albert Stubbins

      P*** off and keep if football related man. Your perfect I suppose?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Who leaves there family five young daughters for a dolly bird Super Mac and Shay are are two of a kind a disgrace to society.

        • Albert Stubbins

          It shouldn’t be personal when he’s talking about football matters. When he starts his own marriage guidance column in the chron then it would be fair criticism until then your well out of order imo. On this matter. You make good football related comments in other posts also so I’m not being personal either.

  • TheNutJob

    White men can`t jump, Mitro i think he must be flat footed. he can`t jump or accelerate over 5 yards, for a big guy he`s also a bit cumbersome, he may well do a job for someone but it`s wont be us.
    i`d still start him before Hoss, that`s how bad our front line is

  • TheNutJob

    I hear a rumour Clarko`s stuck on System Reboot somewhere near area 51

    • Geordiegiants

      Get his hammer out and give it a whack.

    • Geordiegiants

      I think he has morphed into mike Adams.

      • Mike Adam

        Please don’t insult me like that. Call me names, but please don’t call me Clarko!

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha lol, we have all fell foul of the mighty Clarko.

  • Dean Kovinic

    You people are really something !!!
    You sit there and criticize Mitro , this and that , he can’t do what we need ….bla bla ..but u all forget that he needs to get a chance and get off the bench and play in order to prove you right or most likely prove you wrong !!!!
    He is a wonderful player full of passion , charisma and amazing sense to score ..but for some stupid reason dirty politics at you club …don’t listen to most fans and common sense to give Mitro a chance to show all you haters that he is a true Champ !!!

    • mactoon

      He may be a “true champ” in your opinion but he can’t be trusted as he always gets more bookings per game that goals

      • Mike Adam

        Wrong again mactoon! Look it up! If you were talking about Shelvey, then you would be correct.

    • Lhc

      Totally agree!

    • Albert Stubbins

      Lol. A wonderful player? He couldn’t trap a bag of sand mate. Your trying to convince a fanbase that has dined on shearer,Beardsley,sir Les,supermac,Cole etc etc. This blokemakes Billy whitehurst look cultered. Shouldn’t get near a Newcastle team and fortunately for us rafa knows it as well. All this said I would still give him a game until January as boss is looking even worse as the weeks to on. The shirt is weighing to heavy on him now that’s for sure.

      • Mike Adam

        Yes and Rafa knows how to continue to put out a side that has scored 10 goals in 11 games and to continue to march out two offensive players who have scored 3 in 11. All of you haters answer me this, what can it hurt to give players like Mitro and Aarons a run of starts? 7 of the 10 goals were in 3 games so that means we scored 3 goals in the other 8 and were shut out 5 times. That is incredible stuff! Again, what would it hurt?

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah but we are 11th in the league, tell me another manger that could of achieved that with the players we have.

          • Mike Adam

            I honestly do not believe that the Mourinho’s and Guardiola’s of the world would have continued to run Perez and Hoss out there for 10/11 games in a row. 11th is great now, but as I said without goals we will be in huge trouble! So really Rafa has two choices. Keep running out the players who have scored 10 in 11 and been shut out 5 times, or give players who have not played a chance, like Mitro and Aarons!

          • Geordiegiants

            If we get the same results over next 11 games we will be ok. Rafa plans over the season, not a couple of games.

          • Mike Adam

            Do you really think that we will get 14 points out of the next 11? I really admire your faith in Rafa, but come on , look at the schedule. We have only played two quality teams Spurs and Liverpool, and we got lucky that Liverpool was in a funk when we played them. Do you really think we will only concede 10 goals in the next 11? I am not negative as you say, I am realistic.

          • Geordiegiants

            You obviously don’t remember Greivsies old saying.

          • Mike Adam

            No, I do not

          • Albert Stubbins

            It’s a fuuny awld game!!! Lol

          • Toon Fan

            To be fair, the fixtures have been incredibly kind to us so far. When you look at who we’ve played, I’d say 14 points it the absolute bare minimum we’d need to stay up from those fixtures, do you not think? We’ve lost both games against fellow promotion sides. Fair enough they were away from home but if you can’t beat those two, then who can you beat away? We’ve done ok so far but we’ve lost some games we might come to regret..

          • Geordiegiants

            We can only play what’s in front of us. I’m sure we will pick points up from unexpected games, we always do. Rafa has a long term plan for the season he is no mug, it makes my blood boil so many people doubting him. He is a proven world class manager, he has done it over and over, still we get fans claiming they know better than Rafa. What is the problem here? We are 11th, so far we are above where we expected to be, a couple of weeks ago people were on about Europe, we have a lot of games to go, we also have a window coming up, a possible take over, possibly Jabba gone. There is plenty more positive than negative going on right now.

          • Toon Fan

            Not a problem, we are doing ok, i wouldn’t say we have over achieved or underachieved. We’ve won 4 games, could have been 5 or 6 based on who we’ve actually played. We might pick up some unexpected points but we might not. I think fans are entitled to discuss how the team is doing and where they think we could improve. Rafa is the best thing to happen to us in a very long time, doesn’t mean fans can’t discuss his decisions and our performances so far.

            Let’s see where we are by the end of November. If we fail to pick up a win in the next 3 i think we’ll all be slightly worried going into December, looking at the fixtures.

      • Blackburn1066

        Albert ya spot on mate he is a cart horse

        • Lhc

          What do you define as a cart horse? You one of these fans that goes to the game now and wants everyone to stay seated 90 mins and has a bovril and defines passion and commitment as ‘he’s a cart horse’ you give me anything factual that he has done since he arrived to justify this?! Remember Shearer stamping on lennons head/face was Shearer a cart horse then? Everyone has it in them it’s human nature, doesn’t mean your a cart horse.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Shearer also had an uncanny knack of putting the ball into the back of the net, incidentally a part of the game that mitro hasnt taken from big Al.

          • Lhc

            Probably because he never gets on the pitch

          • Albert Stubbins

            I saw him on the pitch about a dozen or so times last season from the start. Missed penalties,open goals the lot. Mustn’t have been mitro I was watching then eh?

          • Blackburn1066

            Shearer scores goals cart horse does not

          • Blackburn1066

            Shearer is a Footballer first class, Mitrovic may be a nice Bloke but he is slow cannot control the ball, never turns a player in the box and will get sent off about six times a season , the manager does not trust or rate him so he will be sold in January.

      • Mike Adam

        Albert, what does that mean, that “He couldn’t trap a bag of sand”?
        Why do the players we have had in the past have anything to do with whether Mitro can play or not? Shouldn’t get near a Newcastle team, then who should? Since he has scored more goals than anyone we have! Then you say you would give him a game until January. Is that one single game or what exactly? Not sure?

        • Albert Stubbins

          Because of the predicament we find ourselves with absolutely no striker that can score or looks like scoring. On that basis I would give him a run of games. The same as hoss has had , five or six to be fair to the player. It won’t happen though as rafa doesn’t fancy him end of. a

          • Mike Adam

            But you do not know that he cannot score because he has not played. It is impossible to know if a player can score if he doesn’t play, even you guys cannot deny that obvious fact!!!

          • Albert Stubbins

            No one knows what the future brings but based on his historic performances which I’ve witnessed and more importantly Rafa, then it’s a pretty safe bet that he’ll not be turning into Alan shearer anytime soon, more Billy whitehurst imho.

          • Mike Adam

            lol, I don’t think anyone has said that he would turn into Shearer, just that given a run he “MIGHT” be able to provide a spark to a terrible offensive showing in the first 11 games, that is all. Unless you are happy with 10 goals in 11 games and being shut out 5 times! More importantly, I guess Rafa is happy with it.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I don’t think Rafa trusts him. I’m not talking about bookings neccesarily it just that I don’t think he plays to Rafas instructions. He always talks about clear plans and ideas of what is required against specific opposition s and sets a team up to combat opposing teams strengths and to expose any weaknesses. Hand on heart do you think mitro follows these?. He just seems to run about all over like a heedless chicken whenever he comes on. It’s like watching a kid in a playground whenever I’ve seen him and it’s lots by the way. Rafa instills discipline in the team and I think mitro is a loose cannon in this respect. Rafa doesn’t tolerate players that don’t carry out his instructions. He’s meticulous about this. Mitro however, does often create the unexpected. How can defenders know what he is going to do when it appears he doesn’t seem to know himself? This can result in chances being created I can appreciate this but long term the chaos theory doesn’t work. That’s what mitro is imo , the chaos theory.

          • Mike Adam

            Albert, I respect everyone’s opinion, but I don’t agree. I honestly think what you have described sounds more like Perez to me, just my opinion. Hoss and Perez can have all the discipline in the world, but they don’t score any goals! And without goals being scored we might be in the bottom 3 positions real soon. So, believe in Rafa’s discipline or believe in goals which translate to points. I understand this discipline in the defensive end of the pitch, but discipline doesn’t score goals in the final third!

          • Albert Stubbins

            I can’t for the life of me see what Perez brings to the team. Off topic I know.

          • nufcslf

            I totally agree. If you consider the last 3 matches have been against nothing much more than Championship sides, he probably should have been given those matches to make a name for himself. Joselu is struggling and missing a ton of easy chances. Needs to sit and watch and Mitro given his chance. Rafa see’s it his way and is not going to change no matter the results by the odd goal. A stuffing might see a reason for change, but nothing else.

        • Geordiegiants

          It means his touch is like an elephants, and his heed is like a fifty pence peice. Only you and some other fruitcake from Serbia seem to have positives about him on here.

          • Mike Adam

            Nice simile! But what is a heed? There you go calling names again!

          • Geordiegiants

            You obviously aren’t a Geordie?

  • mactoon

    I can’t disagree with him to be honest. Mitrovic is a fan’s favourite because of the way he acts, his punching the air, dragging a goalscorer to the ground and so on relates more to what a fan on the terraces wants to see but he is not prolific and a walking yellow/red card waiting to happen. I wish the lad all the best but it is obvious Rafa doesn’t rate/trust him and he needs to get out of Newcastle to get regular football and I hope it happens in January and I wish him all the best. The money we get from him should be used to get a prolific goalscorer.

    I also agree with his comments on Joselu.. tries his best and is worth the money we paid for him but not good enough for what we need. Perez was excellent a few seasons ago but is struggling now and I can’t put my finger on the reason why.

    NUFC has always had legendary centre forwards but that stopped when Ashley gained control.

    The likes of Cole, Shearer, Ferdinand, Quinn, Macdonald, Keegan, Ned Kelly and so on must be wondering what the hell is going on.

    Currently Rafa seems to have sorted a good defence and midfield but we just can’t score goals.

    Ashley will NOT provide sufficient funds to buy a striker in January so we can only hope Rafa is able to offload enough under performing players to fund a striker who will make a difference. But I doubt it.

    • Mike Adam

      What a shame that the Great Rafa isn’t even willing to see if players like Mitro and Aarons could do better than the ones he throws out game after game! Maybe Perez and Joselu will score another 3 goals in the 11 games we have until the window. That will certainly help us stay out of a relegation battle!

      • mactoon

        Aarons deserves a chance and I don’t understand why he isn’t getting a game

        • Mike Adam

          He isn’t even making the bench, what a shame!

        • Geordiegiants

          On past performances he looked good and I rate him, but how do you know he deserves a chance? We don’t see him training everyday, he is obviously not giving or doing something day to day to deserve his chance.

          • mactoon

            That could be true but I’m just judging him on the talent he has shown on past performances

          • Geordiegiants

            I think the same, he certainly looks to have talent, but we have to realise that Rafa is different than any manager we have had before. He is meticulous in every thing he does.

          • Mike Adam

            Why obviously? Just because Rafa says so? Would Perez or Hoss, or Gayle score 9 goals in 11 International games with Serbia? Well we will never know unless they would get the chance to do so! Why don’t you want Rafa to try SOMETHING, because what he is doing offensively is not working! Defensively Rafa is a genius at setting up and preparing a team for matches! But continuing to send out Perez and Hoss is just plain ridiculous! Great managers make changes when things are not working and 10 in 11 with 5 shutouts is not working!

          • Geordiegiants

            Why obviously?
            Because Rafa will use anything or anyone to get what he wants. Richard Keys for years went on about it and didn’t like him for it.
            He isn’t just leaving them out because he wants to do it with lesser players. He leaves people out because he see’s they aren’t suitable to his methods.

          • Mike Adam

            And Hoss and Perez are? How is that working out? And Murphy he has been a killer coming off the bench!

  • Albert Stubbins

    At last a respected forward tells it like it is about mitro. We only like him because he supports the toon FFS. As a striker he s clueless. Thanks for speaking the truth supermac. For far too long we as a club have put up with shyte through blind loyalty. The bloke wouldn’t have lasted two weeks under a manager like fergies and rafa clearly doesn’t rate him either. The biggest waste of a reported sixteen million pounds in football. Jonny rotten must have been his agent. Ever get the feeling you’ve been conned? Exactly!!

    • Mike Adam

      NO

      • Albert Stubbins

        So why do you like him then Mike? You’ve got a picture of shearer on your message. What shearer like qualities is it that mitro possess? Or have you a job lot of toon shirts with mitro on the back that need shifting before chrimbo?

        • Mike Adam

          No, only a Shearer shirt. A fair question. I do believe Mitro can come good. Shearer could score from anywhere, Mitro doesn’t posses that type of striking ability. Mitro is a target man, he does need service into the box. What most people do not give him credit for is his ability to get others involved. He was 3rd on the team in assists last year (6) in only 1100 minutes. Shelvey led the team with (8) and Ritchie 2nd with (7), both in triple the amount of minutes! Pretty impressive to me. I love his chest control and ability to pass off his chest. He holds the ball up really well and is strong on the ball. A target man like him ties attracts a crowd and will free up teammates in the box! And of course I love his passion for the black and white. The trust issue many bring up is bogus, look at the stats, in his time with NUFC his record is not much worse than Gayle’s and is much better than Shelvey’s! He has scored everywhere else he has played. Even in his first year with us he was second on the team in scoring two behind Wijnaldum, and that was at the age of 21. He has scored goals in the Champions league with Anderlecht at 20. He has scored 9 international goals in his last 11 games. To me that is pretty good evidence along with the fact that he is still young! Why give up on him? He deserves a chance this year, the others aren’t doing anything, why not? And I think that when Merino comes back he should play in the number 10 position like he does for Spain U21’s along with Mitro would make a great pair up top going forward.

          • Blackburn1066

            Mitro will never come good he is and always will be a cart horse.

          • Mike Adam

            Only you and Rafa know for sure!

          • Geordiegiants

            And me!

          • Mike Adam

            Sorry! forgot you and Clarko.

          • Geordiegiants

            You are starting to sound like an obsessed lunatic now. Rafa, Clarko, Blackburn, I can safely say Albert and me. The thing is, the only person that matters has the same opinion.

          • Mike Adam

            I still do not understand why you guys wouldn’t want to see if players like Mitro and Aarons could provide some spark to the offense? Without goals we will be in a relegation spot by the end of December and the offensive players Rafa puts out week after week are producing nothing. Are you fine with that? If not what could it hurt to give players like Mitro a run? Come on we have been shut out 5 times!!! We have scored 3 goals in 8 of our games, the only place that is leading is to the Championship! We both want success for our club don’t we? Then how do you know that two players who have not played cannot help? Look at Ashley Young at ManU, under Mourinho he was given a chance at 32 and you want to give up on a 23 year old. All managers make mistakes, just as all humans do.

          • Geordiegiants

            As I’ve posted else where, that is exactly the attitude that gets teams relegated, just look at the imbreds last season and Moyes comments, if you think we are going to lose we will. If Rafa can keep the players positive and believing, then he will be half way there. By the way I rate Aaron’s, but there is obviously some underlying factor that Rafa knows about that we don’t ie: attitude or application.

          • Mike Adam

            Sure positive is great, and I agree. But how positive and confident is a team that has only scored 10 in 11 total and been shut out 5 times!

          • Toonrobbybobson

            The only chance Mitrovic and Aarons will have is if injuries force Rafas hand and they take their opportunities. They may train awful or not listen to tactics etc and cant be trusted.

            You have a big problem in a squad where everyone buys into the mentality of pulling your weight yet give certain players favourtism to not. Its instantly a bad situation for any team short, medium and long term.

            Rafa is manager for a reason and knows what he is doing. To doubt his reasons for not playing is insanity.

            Gayle hasnt been fit clearly but against Bournemouth you seen why he is our number one. He takes chances. It was weong to be wiped off but hopefully its signs hes starting to come back because if anything that lad last season earned the right to have a chance in the Premier League and he has far more chance of being a success than Mitrovic.

            Its all about training standard. If you listen to Rafas interviews hes said Gayle has trained better and looked sharper and encouraged him prior to raise his training levels.

            You do it there consistently you earn the right to play with your team mates.

            To not honour that and allow special cases would be to undermine everything good about Newcastles setup now under Rafa.

            Its up to Mitrovic no one else to sort himself out now.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            If Mitrovic loved this club so much he’d be going above and beyond for his team mates, fans and manager to change his attitude. It could be tough love from Rafa but hes not responding which means why play him.

          • Albert Stubbins

            A compelling argument. I’ve said before he deserves a run out and is in some sort of form at least whereas hoss isn’t going to come good. I certainly don’t rate mitro either for reasons I’ve set out dozens of times on here but maybe rafa should thrown him in for a few games on the basis that he has to accept hoss isn’t the answer.

          • Mike Adam

            Yes, my point exactly, what can it hurt! That is all I have ever tried to say. Guys on here have this blind faith in Rafa that goals are miraculously going to come from someone Rafa keeps throwing out week after week! And none of you know whether he can score some goals for us, if he does not play!

  • Philippines

    I hope all the Perez knockers will respect the comments of Supermac. I am pleased to say I was at his home debut when he scored a hat-trick against Liverpool. He was one of the most exciting players I ever saw. He was so fast he never went back to defend corners but stood on the centre spot waiting for the boot upfield. The opposition had to position at least two players to watch him.

  • Supermac has been vocal plenty of times why he doesn’t like Mitro – No poacher’s instinct and poor finishing. For me those two reasons are plenty not to even sit on the bench.

  • nufcslf

    All very true and to the point. Just hope the fat lad does sell up and this can be put right by a new owner that has a half interest in football and his manager.