After digesting three defeats for Newcastle United in a week, the one thing that I can’t seem to see/understand (and I’m sure I’m not alone) is the trust put in certain players from manager Rafa Benitez.

Now I’m grateful for such an esteemed manager as Benitez for coming into this madhouse of a club, really I am, but there comes a point where you have to level some fair criticism without being immediately seen to be going overboard or wanting him out the door.

Once again I find myself bringing up the subject of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Why he isn’t getting more game time is beyond me. This isn’t just a desire to see some chest pumper play, a player who looks like he cares, it’s a reasonable request to see somebody who has scored goals throughout his career (70 in 140 league starts – plus 47 sub appearances. Why is that such a bizarre notion to some fans, and more importantly, our manager.

This is a player, who according to popular belief, isn’t trusted by Rafa, I can take that, honestly I can. The bit I can’t take is the part where we’re struggling for goals and players who have consistently failed are preferred.

The criticism of alleged striker Joselu has been done to death and it’s certainly fair to say that he isn’t a Premier League striker, but in amongst all of the criticism, we saw him score against Leicester City only to find him dropped against Everton. What gives? How can any striker build confidence in himself or even be motivated, when he does the job he is paid to do, only to find himself bombed out the next game? Puzzling to say the least.

One solution, that I don’t believe the manager will try, is to play Mitrovic either from the start (ideally with Gayle), or at least bring him on when there is a game to be won. Then he can get himself sent off and thus prove Benitez right in his judgement, or, and this is an important point, he could actually start scoring a few goals. Both outcomes would put matters to bed, but to persist with the current state of affairs is monotonous madness.

We also have Jonjo Shelvey who has been sent off twice in four months through lack of discipline and was recently dropped by the manager. Cue fans questioning the decision and calling for Rafa to rightly play his best players in order to get us out of this awful run of form.

Now I don’t see Shelvey in a great light anyway, yes he has a cracking right foot on him and can pick a pass out, but without blindingly quick wingers and clinical strikers, nine times out of ten those passes aren’t going to do much good in the Premier league, they are just going to contribute to a higher possession percentage for the opposition.

Will Rafa reinstate Shelvey after his suspension? It wouldn’t surprise me, as his comments made after the Everton game certainly indicate that the manager still trusts his player and doesn’t blame him for the dismissal. So where is this trust justified? How can one player actually SHOW indiscipline and be trusted, yet one can have only a perceived lack of discipline and NOT be trusted?

In similar circumstances, how can players be relied upon week in week out (Joselu, Diame and Perez) when all evidence shows that they are not up to it and continue to let the manager down in his selection, yet another who has performed reasonably well in the past, doesn’t even get the chance to let the manager down?

Put simply, the takeover aside, Rafa Benitez has been wasting games so far and continuing to put his trust in failing players that has got us where we are, in the bottom three. I repeat what I said at the start, I’m grateful for such a man coming to the club and I agree that he’s the best manager since Sir Bobby Robson to take charge, but that shouldn’t make him immune from criticism.

The takeover if/when it happens can right a few wrongs from the summer’s poor recruitment, certainly if there was substantial funds to get us out of the mess that the current owner has had a huge hand in over many years.

However, on the evidence that I’m seeing, the manager needs to put his trust in other players in the squad in the meantime, as the ones he does trust are badly letting him down and he is not seeing it.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Not going to happen and it`s the same with Mbemba, they are both now 23 and full internationals.
    they were 21 yr old kids when Rafa arrived and instead of trying to give the young lad`s guidance & advice he`s treat them like schitt.
    It`s best for both of them to leave next month

    • Mike Adam

      Yes, I hope they both get out in January and prove the Messiah wrong!

    • Andy Mac

      Thats the sad part we have two potential stars at the club who are basically personae non gratae because the manager prefers a Spanish misfit and another Spanish misfit ?

  • Mike Adam

    Well put Paul. The apologists will be by soon to protect Rafa. The insanity of not playing a 23 year old striker who has scored goals on other sides and who was third on the team last year in assists, two behind the leader Shelvey in one third of the playing time, is beyond me and indefensible!

  • Leazes Ender

    Mitro isn’t getting a game because he’s going to be sold in January, there’s no point in tempting injury…. then we would be completely up the creek wouldn’t we?….. as opposed to halfway.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      as is Mbemba.
      Who has the paddles

      • Mike Adam

        I hope Aarons gets out as well.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          he`ll be going ok

    • justchampion

      That’s also my view, I reckon he is being protected so we can sell and upgrade. I can’t think of any other reason…

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i think you`ll find Nufc likes to sell and downgrade

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Mitrovic is rubbish end of. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves. Many are slating Joselu but he gets around the pitch better than Mitrovic (he still no whippet) but he does alot more off the ball, link up etc than Mitrovic who is just too slow and needs team setup in a way which will result in more issues for the team.

    Newcastles team at present isnt about individuals. Its about the collective and Mitrovic clearly doesnt fit into that.

    Joselu has improved the past few games. We arent not getting results at present because of our forward line. Its mistakes and a midfield which looks devoid of confidence to compete at this level. Its providing little service to ANY forwards. Gayle can score goals. Problem is theres no real service or build up. Wing play really is non existent. Ritchie looks a shadow at present at same time Shelvey has gone into hiding. Our big names that we though would be the main men arent firing in the Prem. unfortunately theres no depth to alternate and give rest to those under fire.

    Mitrovic is also our highest wage that needs shifting. He cant be injured going into the window and Rafa will want to force him out with the run up to World cup or his agent would be telling him to sit tight on his stupid fat salary he was given.

    End of day the names took out havent performed and Rafa is trying to find a solution or reaction.

    Mitrovic has had plenty time to prove hes indispensable but he hasnt. He quite simply nowhere near as good as many seem to think he is. You’re actually agreeing with Paul Merson… that says it all.

    • Mike Adam

      Horselu “does alot more off the ball, link up etc.” can I ask what matches you have been watching? How many assists does the Spanish Donkey have in 1137 minutes? Answer: zero. Horselu has 10 assists in his entire career. Mitro was third on the team in assists last season in 1121 minutes with 6. Mitro’s hold up play is much better and he actually gets others involved. He has scored goals on many different sides Anderlecht, in Champions League, second leading scorer on our last relegated side with 9 as a 20/21 year old, and in World Cup Qualifying with Serbia. Also, he has only just turned 23! Horselu has 36 goals in his entire career(I made a mistake earlier saying 31). He has scored 9 goals in his best season anywhere. You are just extremely uninformed to think that he is better than Mitro. I respect your opinion, but the facts just do not support it.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Was that 6 assists in Championship?

        Im not saying Joselu is amazing far from it. But he brings more to the team overall that Mitrovic does in my opinion. Could it be his team mates don’t even like him? Who knows? We don’t. But there is a lot more to this than meets the eye.

        IF Mitrovic was good enough for Prem there would be no shortage of takers in the Premier League lined up to take him in January. I can guarantee you there won’t be. He will be off to Belgium or Turkey with subsidised wages from us.

        • Mike Adam

          What does it matter Genius, where did Horselu’s 10 career assists happen???? Those 6 assists were third on the team, one behind Ritchie, and 2 behind Shelvey. And that was in one third the playing time of the other two! That’s all you have? You are kidding yourself.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            And are Shelvey and Ritchie struggling in Prem?

          • Mike Adam

            What does that have to do with your original point that Horselu is better than Mitro? And that Mitro doesn’t deserve a run and is rubbish? My point is that assists are proof of how Mitro gets others involved much better than the donkey ever will, 10 assists in his whole career, over 8 seasons. It is not like he scores goals and that assists do not matter, because he doesn’t, never has, and probably at 27, never will.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Mitrovic just doesnt fit into the setup of this team. As mentioned by others we dont have the service he needs.

            Also mitrovic had a chance to play in a prem team at toon that had better quality players in it. Not saying their work ethic was good it wasnt but it had pace and power at times. Having Townsend, Sissoko (when head up of stram breaking), wijnaldum, cisse, colo, janmaat did have more natural ability in various areas than we have now. That lot should hang their heads in shame for getting us relegated (less so townsend). Lazy so and so’s.

            Still think at £5m Rafa couldnt have done any better especially last minute. He did try payong £5m loan fee for Tammy Abrahams and he would have been better at the Toon than Swansea. Guess who ignored him though thinking knew better to realise too late.

          • Damon Horner

            I agree mate. Even if the judgment on his ability is harsh, the midfield don’t break ranks enough, nobody can cross a ball other than Ritchie, our only dribbles to unsettle a defence comes from the left but they’re all predictable and our players in wing positions don’t hold the ball long enough for dangerous positions to be taken unless Mitro can self-create we’ll still struggle for goals.

    • Mitros gotta start

      What an absolute clown you are…..mitro is rubbish?
      Aye….he has a record of 70 goals in 140 starts and is scoring international goals for fun despite not getting a kick for his club…..aye he is useless….still we have loads of better strikers at the club we can play instead.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Tin pot cup league. Worse than SPL. International football is not what it once was as well. Did you see Serbias group. Its like thinking England will win world cup because they finished top of theirs…

        We do have better strikers… Gayle

  • Alieu Cham

    Couldn’t agree more Patt but will add Manguillo to that list. Will also question why Rolando is not been giving a run. All the other wingers have their chances and most fans agree that he can offer something different. The other question is why is he so reluctant to play Hayden, Shelvey and Merino in the same team. It’s a mixture of steel and flair, it can be also call bold, positive and forward thinking. Two teams comes to mind who have been relatively successful playing with these three different type of midfielders; Real Madrid with Cruz, Cas and Modric and Man City with Kevin, Silver and Ferr. I’m not saying our midfielders are up to those standard of players but we can agree that they are hugely talented and deserve to be giving a chance to play together.

  • Phil

    Mbemba struggles with English. Rafa wanted him to improve so he could communicate with his team mates. He hasn’t.
    I am a fan of mitro. But like most I base my admiration for him on his passion. Problem being that same passion lands him in bother. For a lad with 0 pace you need him to be like Duncan Ferguson or Les Ferdinand in the air. He isn’t. He has scored goals for Serbia granted. The other straw people clutch at is he scored for anderlecht. The Belgian league is worse than the Scottish!!
    If these guys deserved a run in the team I’m sure they would get it.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      from what i`ve seen of Mbemba this season he hasn`t put a foot wrong
      but he`s out the door next month

      • Andy Mac

        He wasnt good at Chelski but then again who was ?

    • Andy Mac

      “If these guys deserved a run in the team I’m sure they would get it”

      So having seen how poorly Joselu has performed this season while knowing that Gayle isnt the 20 goal a season striker we need, do you think its better to leave Mitro on the bench just so his manager can be proved right ?

      I’d accept this argument if we were spoiled for choice with strikers and somehow up in the middle of the table however we’re not.

      • Phil

        As I say. I like mitro. But when you look at his attributes he doesn’t offer anything that we aren’t getting out of Joselu.
        Rafa is working with them day in day out. I think he doesn’t get a game because he isn’t great at football and can’t be trusted at all.
        I wish it had worked out better for him but he has had chances and it hasn’t worked he will move on.

        • nevfur

          Fair point but Joselu gets the chance to try his attributes whereas Mitro doesn’t.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Joselu`s a dead loss mate

    • Mike Adam

      All I have to say is he deserves a run in the team much more than Horselu, prove otherwise! You can say he is slow and use ridiculous phrases like “a lad with 0 pace”, which is also not true. You can down the Belgian League all you want, but where has the Spanish Donkey ever scored goals. Where has he ever really gotten other players involved with his hold up play? He has 10 career assists! He deserves a run as much as any of the other garbage that Rafa has run out!

      • Phil

        So you think mitro has pace? The person who decides if he deserves a chance works with him every day. I can only assume he doesn’t do enough or show his electric pace in training

    • Mitros gotta start

      Mbemba cant speak english?
      So what….most of the team speak spanish anyway

      • Phil

        With English as their second language

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Mbemba speaks French, as does Lejeune, Merino & Mitrovich to name 3. that shouldn`t omit him from the team

        • Phil

          I assumed merino would speak Spanish and mitrovic Serbian.
          But that doesn’t matter. The point being they can also speak English.
          If you can’t speak any English how can you be part of a defence constantly communicating about player to mark, covering, stepping up etc?

          • Big Al 1967

            Aguero can speak very little English but that doesn’t seem to cause him many problems

          • Phil

            I watched him do an interview in English the other day. He did just fine.
            All I’m saying is if he has been asked to learn and hasn’t I understand rafas stance
            I do like Mbemba and think he is a decent player

          • Big Al 1967

            Like you I like Mbemba but my point is I could not care whether he speaks English, Spanish French or Swahili if he does a job on a matchday what language he speaks should be irrelevant and should have no influence on team selection
            The perfect example is Lionel Messi. Now he cannot speak a word of English, but lets say he totally lost his mind and said he wanted the chance to wear the Black and White shirt for half a season. Would Rafa play him if he could not and would not speak English?

          • thewildchimp

            To be honest, I never understand what Harry Kane is speaking and he’s from London. Plays week in, week out.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            I like Mbemba seems a canny lad as well. But at times he does look awkward or does awkward unpredictable/stable things.

            He needs to be a bit tougher as well. Way he fell to ground against Morata and Chelsea wont have done him favours. He should be learning to be tougher in this league by now. He shluld have defended it first and foremost.

          • Big Al 1967

            Yeah I totally get that, but the key question is; Is he better at centre half than Lejuene or is he better at left back than Manquillo?(For the record I would be a better left back than Manquillo and I’m 50!) . For me the answer to both is a resounding yes

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Different to at the back. Communication is key. Up top its quite individual and you usually work one way. Good modfielders pick out your runs. Often Aguero just goes alone as well…

            Aaaahhhh what a player. If only…

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Think Lejeune speaks English he was at City a while.

          • Natturner26

            I don’t think he was ever there. They bought him for Girona.

    • Alieu Cham

      Rafa’s negative tactics and team selections have cost us as much points as do the lack of quality in the squad. Atleast we can make our judgement on some of his most trusted players; Jos, Mang, Perez and Diame and the overriding conclusion for most fans is that they should be nowhere near the eighteen. I think he should he should be flexible enough to give Mitro, Mbemba, Rolando and Gamez a run to see what they can add to the team. I can attest that none of those four had a proper run since Rafa is been in charge. So how can he make his judgement only on the training ground or being perceived. I don’t think it’s fair on them.

      • Phil

        Diame is shocking and that one baffles me.
        Aaron’s is ok. But no better than what we have playing I don’t think. Iv said my piece on mitro and chancel. As for Jesus. I see him as a coach more than a player.
        I just think Rafa is in a better position to judge our squad. I trust he is trying to do what is best for us.
        If he left what is the alternative? We couldn’t get a better manager.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Spot on. Very level headed realistic comment. Too many think its just champ manager and sticking names on a sheet works.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      He scored 9 premier leage goals In a poor relegation side at 21 years of age … Watford paid almost £20 million this summer for a striker who scored that ammount of goals in the previous season AND a lot of our support was screaming that we should have bought him … Mitrovic will get his share of goals but more importantly he brings others into the game and allows us to play 30 yards further up the park .. Don’t you find it amazing that after two campaigns under Benitez we still haven’t given Gayle and mitrovic a chance to build a partnership when Perez, Joselu and Diame have been tried over and overt with the same outcome ?

      • Mike Adam

        Yes, it is amazing.

      • Phil

        Watford spent 20 mill on a player who doesn’t start week in week out.
        We haven’t spent 20 mill on anyone….. Ever.
        I do think it should of been tried Gayle/mitro. BUT I disagree that he is good at bringing other players into the game. His hold up play hasn’t been great from what iv seen and his aerial ability is poor for his stature

        • Cuh

          His hold up play is excellent if anything. For Christ’s sake, he shields players of the ball as though he were Ibrahimovic

        • thewildchimp

          Phil, his hold up is very good, but his passing is mediocre. Not a very long range on him. I believe that’s what you meant.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Exactly. His passing and touch are shocking. That touch gets him into trouble and chases ultimately with a late challenge. The Premier League is too quick and more thought out dor him.

          The belgian league is awful. Seriously its worse than SPL. To count his goals there is ridiculous.

          I dont rate Joselu hes not a player really we should be resorting to st Newcastle but hes scored goals in Bundesliga and La Liga. In 100ish starts hes scored around 38 and 12 assists I believe (roughly). Thats at £5m and probably peanuts wages. Mitrovic is our highest paid player and cost £12m… for how many goals? Im sorry hes awful value for us and a disaster signing.

          Theres another thing that no one has mentioned.

          There could be a clause to Anderlect after so many appearances that hes near based on the stupid salary we gave. If hes near it then hes never in a million years getting in the team. That is a very real possibility that no one has picked up on. Really wouldnt out it past the numpties running the club.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Exactly. Well put.

      Hes no big Dunc. Not fit enough to polish his boots for me. Wouldnt even put him in same sentence as big Les.

      If he was really good enough id hazard a guess Rafa would have him straight in team. Theres a lot more to this that we as fans arent privy to. He may train awfully, with no effort or his team mates dont like him.

      • Mike Adam

        Nothing you say has anything to do with helping the team score goals this year. Oh yeah, he can’t because the Messiah continues to play the potent stiker Horselu. How many goals does he have in 14 starts and 1134 minutes? Oh yeah 3, and two bounced off of his leg after being kicked into it by the defender.

    • Leazes Ender

      So does Peter Beardsley.

  • jack

    It’s sheer pig headedness by Rafa to not play mitrovich , mbemba , aarons , I’m sure they offer a lot more than joselu , manquillo and Murphy , but saying that Rafa was the same at Liverpool ,

    • Steve Smith

      And what have Liverpool achieved since he left?

      Other than a solitary carling cup against Cardiff via penalty shootout after all the millions they’ve spent.

      • jack

        Talk to some Liverpool supporters

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah some, but talk to the other some and they love him.

      • thewildchimp

        Pool is playing well, it’s just that some of the others have insane runs. Can’t compete with last year’s Chelsea and this year’s Man. City.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    exactly right … Rafa is behaving like a petulant child and when players see that from a manager they talk amongst themselves… “How is Perez in the side again?” .. “Has Diame really gotten another chance?” … Dressing rooms are lost when players see unfairness.. It’s happened to Rafa before

    • Mike Adam

      He scores goals for the opposition.

    • Big Al 1967

      Exactly, and once cliques start in the dressing room you are goosed

    • thewildchimp

      Judging from Mitro’s interview that he isn’t going to wait anymore – it’s obvious that Rafa is gradually losing them. A substantial number of them is probably thinking: “We desperately need goals, yet Gayle and Mitro rarely/never play – at this rate we’ll go down the drain again; the manager is always saying that we aren’t good enough for him, even if we run our socks off – why do I bother, I wanna find another club”.

      Maybe they are being paid millions to kick the ball but they are still people.
      And if we have to rely on our defenders to score – maybe the gaffer isn’t as good as we thought…

  • Eugene Finn

    Mitro’s time in Newcastle is up, Benitez wouldn’t play him now because he wouldn’t want him to get injured before a transfer in January. Joselu isn’t good enough to be leading the line for Newcastle and Mitro really should have been given a few starts but Mitro didn’t do the business last season in the Championship when Gayle was missing for alot of the 2nd half of the season. I thought he would tear it up but he didn’t badly, and we came to rely more on Murphy which isn’t saying much for Mitro. He’s not an out and out goalscorer and we need to sign someone for the rest of the season who knows where the goal is because at the moment we are toothless. Gayle does score goals but prob need someone who can do more.

    • Mike Adam

      So you give up on a 22 year old at the time, who was given 1122 minutes (11 starts) last season and had 4 goals and 6 assists and has proven himself recently scoring for his country? Horselu has played 1134 minutes (14 starts) scored 3 goals with 0 assists, yet he continues to get time as a 27 year old with 36 career goals in 8 seasons. Mitro has not even been given a shot this season, 89 minutes, 0 starts, sorry, but pathetis and zero excuse for not giving him a run, especially with our present form and goal scoring!!!!!!

      • Eugene Finn

        I don’t rate Joselu, he’s useless, he can’t finish his dinner. All he does is work hard, but we need goals to stay up. I would start Mitro all day long, but I don’t think over a season Mitro would score enough goals to keep us up. I wouldn’t sell Mitro but Benitez needs money, he’s not gonna get sweet f**k all for Joselu, he could get 10m for Mitro. Benitez obviously doesn’t rate or trust Mitro, we need players. If we do get relegated, Mitro wouldn’t be staying around again anyway.

        • Mike Adam

          Fair enough! Ihope he goes somewhere and proves Rafa wrong and has a great World Cup!!!

          • Toonrobbybobson

            But he wont. He’ll go be a nit job in Turkey subsidised by us because of his stupid contract given by Carr and Charnley. Simple top and bottom is he should never have been signed by us.

  • Soldier

    If i could i`d sell all the strikers & start from scratch, it`s ironic that the worst one starts the most games

  • Cuh

    We could argue that Rafa doesn’t have a good squad, but Brighton and Huddersfield are not better than us pound for pound. Yet, look at the difference opening up between us. There is no excuse about players

    Aarons can play the number 10, and Perez is a striker. Mitrovic and Gayle have combined well everytime I’ve seen them together. Shelvey and Diane need time off. Murphy shouldn’t be rushed. Darlow needs to be trusted more and given more games.

    I haven’t watched a single game this season since Tottenham, and that won’t change until I see a reasonable starting eleven

    Rafa’s team selections are poor, and I’m honestly getting sick of him. If this takeover does happen,perhaps we will need someone different.

    • Soldier

      Aaron`s can play either wing & through the middle

      • Cuh

        But how the manager can’t see it is beyond me.

        • Soldier

          he just ignores what he wants to ignore, simple

      • Phil

        Aaron’s can play number 10??? Based on what?
        Mitro and Gayle link up well together?
        Darlow has had 2 howlers in as many games.
        You haven’t watched since the opening game of the season?! How can you judge if you aren’t watching?
        Finally. If Rafa were to go. Who would you want instead?

        • Soldier

          I`ve seen him play through the middle 2 years ago in 2 friendly games, then he was injured again. it`s not his natural position but he can play there & he can shoot with either foot

        • Cuh

          Based on his cameo against Tottenham in the 5-1, and his ability to dribble in tight spaces, lay passes and shoot on sight.

          In the few minutes mitrovic and Gayle have played, mitrovic gave Gayle at least one assist per game. And generally lays off to let Gayle shot, like he does with Perez

          Thats what a prolonged stint frozen out of a team does to you. You forgot last two seasons too soon. Elliot is just basic

          I’ve been watching highlights, not games. Hasn’t been worth 90 minutes of my life

          Honestly, I’ll even take Koeman. That’s how frustrating it is becoming

  • Soldier

    As far as Mbemba is concerned the club should have got him or any other player for that matter a tutor to teach them English, Newcastle are so unprofessional it`s unbelievable

    • Phil

      I’m sure the club would of provided him with a tutor.
      I work within a championship club and can tell you that players have nigh on EVERYTHING done for them.
      Its down to the individual what effort he is going to put into something like learning a language though

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        with Fatso in charge, i doubt it he even took complimentary tickets off his staff

  • Cuh

    Jack Colback deserves an apology if Diame is his replacement.

  • Badgertoon

    Unfortunately the situation has gone too far and beyond the point of no return.Benitez will never give Mitro a chance now.I m affraid to say that Benitezs ego will not allow Mitro a start now because if he does start scoring and delivering then Benitez will lose face….if he doesnt play him we will never know and he can release him without issue in January. I would bet my house that he would score more than Joselu if he played in next 7 games…he has missed some sitters and is woefully short on confidence…something Mitro doesn’t suffer from…

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Mitro`s finished and has been for 18 months, Chancel is as well

    • Geordiegiants

      Some thing Mitro doesn’t suffer from?
      Have a look back last season at the Everton game or the Villa game, or many others he played in. He is a donkey, I’m not saying Hoss is any better, I’m just saying Mitro is equally as shyte.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Fatso cancels Christmas & the takeover, if we go down he sells all the players pockets the £130m Tv money & builds student flats
    total income £300m
    Job Done.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Just kidding, but he would if he could
      😂😂😂😂

  • Davey drape

    Surely the crazy serb could have held the ball up yesterday by playing with his back to goal & therefore reducing the amount of one way traffic towards the nufc goal for most of the game as well as compete in the box with the arsenal keeper? Big peter got most things coming from the wing

  • Albert Stubbins

    Rafa blames mitro for the last relegation I’m sure of it. Those misses at villa cost us but to single out one player is wrong. Is it personal? Maybe, is it pride? Possibly, but to keep playing joselyn is madness. The old saying of pride before a fall could be true to n this case as well!!

    • Geordiegiants

      I don’t rate Mitro or Hoss at all, both of them are pure shyte, I can’t see why a section of the fan base are so obsessed that Mitro would make that much difference. Like you say above his misses cost us premier league status last time. His miss against Everton will be stuck in my mind for ever, and there were plenty of others like Villa.

      • thewildchimp

        Well, that’s rather unfair. His and Townsend’s scores have actually enabled us to battle for survival. Remember “Mitro’s on Fire”? That happened because he was banging them in, and generally created opportunities for Townsend and others to run and try their luck. Came Rafa and started playing Cisse instead.
        Besides, he was 21 at the time and first time playing in a major league. Did well in my book. Not everyone has to be Alan Shearer.

    • Down Under Mag

      I think its more to do with Rafa not trusting him to not get sent off and doesn’t think he will be disciplined enough to do what is asked of him. He isn’t mobile enough to play as a lone striker and despite what people think he can’t hold the ball up very well. he scores for his country because they just feed him decent balls and let him do whatever he wants. Rafa wants more structure to his team…i’m sure of that.

  • Rev

    Can somebody tell me why Rafa is the best manager siince bobby robson? Is it because he won promotion from a poor championship with a prem league squad when we were bookies favourites? Or he’s won trophies at Inter, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea with their top squads? Or are we better than results suggest and just a matter of time before we win a trophy? Barring a sale and megabucks investment to galactico level isnt rafa on a par with Houghton, Pardew and Mclaren and generating the same arguments as the last two? I hope he gets the chance to get us back to where we were but i am not sure he will be given the time and money and if he goes, for whatever reason, someone will come along and pick us up, there’s more than Kinnear out there.

    • Geordiegiants

      “A PREM LEAGUE SQUAD”!!!!!!
      WTF, that is THE most ridiculous thing to start your comment with, how do you expect anyone to take you seriously, I couldn’t read any further.

      • Rev

        if you prefer… a squad that on paper was far above championship quality

        • Geordiegiants

          Was it nelly Man! We had Shelvey and that was it, the rest were/are championship players.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Shelvey has looked like hisblevel is Championship so far this season. His prior evidence of a relegation and his time ar Swansea doesnt exactly contribute anything different.

    • Down Under Mag

      A premier league squad?? Can I get some of what you are on because it must be great stuff lol.

      We have an average Championship squad with a few lower end premiership players and outcasts of other clubs who jettisoned their players for a reason. A rather paper thin side that was dragged to promotion by a top manager who has won trophies wherever he has been.

      I won’t deny i’m confused by some tactical decisions and substituitions but our squad is paper thin and lacking the quality needed to hack it in the top flight.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      He scraped out of a terrible championship outspending all other club cat that level while already having a squad that should have walked the division without many new players .. He sent players out on loan and bought worse players in while doing it .. His reputation is a very distant memory and some of the clubs he’s built that reputation at don’t hold too many fond memories of his time there..a very petty and divisive manager.. Our fans have bought into a myth … The proof is there for all to see… His transfer record is as bad as anything I can remember other than Allerdyce.

  • Damon Horner

    All immaterial now anyway. Like you said if nothing else a run in the team for him to demonstrate his ability (or lack of to those who prefer) would have been nice. We just need to stay up so if Mitro is not the answer then we need answers through the door in January.

  • anyobrien

    I’d start him every game with gayle as for rafa and him I have no idea what is going on and I don’t think we will ever know.

  • Tino o

    My realisation is that mitrovic won’t kick another ball for us hes gone can’t say I’m happy with him not been given a shot but moving forward it’s better for all he moves. Benitez will get us out of this [email protected] he is a small part responsible for but in time when the main culprit is removed Ashley(fat [email protected]) I’m confident he will make us proud again

  • thewildchimp

    I’d rather watch Mitro clobber some unfortunate soul, than another sitter missed by Joselu or Diame. At least something to talk about…

  • Philippines

    Interesting the Coleman brought on two 18 year old strikers for their first game. One scored and Sunderland won.

  • 1957

    How much does Benitez expect to raise from Mitrovic.

    He often says in the press, when asked about Mitrovic, that players might leave if a suitable replacement can be found and up to now he hasn’t had a £15m plus bid for any of his players. Does he seriously expect that level of fee for a player whose abilities are clearly questioned by Benitez by not playing him while continuing to find a place for Hoss.

    Clubs will look at the situation of Mitrovic at NUFC and start bidding at bargain prices

    • Toonrobbybobson

      He got £30m for sissoko

  • mentalman

    If rafa wasn’t going to use mitrovic surely he would have been better telling charnley in the summer that he wouldn’t be getting a game and instead of wasting 1million roughly in wages till the next transfer window to sell him off on the cheap, this would then have hopefully given him a bit more money to reinvest.

    You can fully understand now why he’s not playing as i fully expect him to be sold next month.

    • thewildchimp

      I hope that will happen, but how on Earth do they believe they will sell for above 5mil if they never play him? You’ve got to put your merchandise on the display.