Aleksandar Mitrovic is now back under discussion.

It is almost six weeks ago when we last saw the Serbian striker, making his latest brief substitute appearance in the 3-2 home defeat to Leicester.

Still yet to start a Premier League game this season, Aleksandar Mitrovic has only played 89 minutes of league football this season in his six appearances off the bench.

He did though score in his only start in the 3-2 League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest back in August.

Asked about the FA Cup game in 12 days time, Rafa Benitez says his approach to that game (and the Burnley PL home game three days later) will depend on the strength of the squad available to him.

Rafa said back in December that Mitrovic was out with a ‘small back problem’, only for then the striker to do an interview on 27 December (see below) back home in Serbia, claiming he had never felt better physically and was desperate to be playing football. That interview also saw the Serbian international say that he knew he had to find a new club this month.

Rafa Benitez indicates now that Mitro isn’t far away from being available once again, though we do appear to be in the standard position, the manager no doubt still having no interest in playing the striker in the Premier League and the club/Mike Ashley waiting in the vain hope that they are going to get back the £14m they paid for him two and a half years ago.

In the last two years Aleksandar Mitrovic has only started eight Premier League matches, as well as 11 in the Championship. It continues to be a position that is of no use to anybody but if Ashley is still insisting on the club getting their money back, or even more according to some reports, then it looks all but certain that Rafa Benitez and Mitro will remain in this Catch 22 position (won’t play him/can’t sell) for some time to come.

The FA Cup fourth round match would be ideal for all parties for the forward to show his fitness and hopefully impress another club enough to come in for him. Last week brought claims in France of Bordeaux being interested in signing Aleksandar Mitrovic but only on loan as to buy him would be beyond their means. On Friday, Rafa Benitez stated that he wasn’t interested in loaning out senior fringe players and only wanted to sell, if the right offer came in and he could then replace them.

Rafa Benitez speaking to the Chronicle, asked how he will approach fourth round FA cup-tie and then Burnley in Premier League only three days later:

“It depends on the squad, sometimes if you have enough players available and players coming back from injuries, maybe you can manage (games in quick succession) in a better way.

“We have to wait to see.

“We have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all running – Mitro is getting close and we will see.

“Gamez will take more time but if they are fine then we have more bodies.

“We have to wait, they (Chelsea play Norwich on Wednesday night in the replay) still have to play another game and will have plenty of time to talk about that.

“We are happy because we are into another round.

“It will be tough anyway because both teams are quite difficult to play against, we will wait and see what happens.”

The Mag – 8 January 2018:

Reports from France on Monday afternoon that Aleksandar Mitrovic has opened talks on a move to Ligue 1.

RMC Sport say that the Newcastle striker’s agents are discussing a move with Bordeaux.

The French club finished in sixth place last season but are having a nightmare this time around.

Yoan Gouffran’s former club are currently 15th and only two points off second bottom.

Nicolas de Preville was bought in the summer for £7m from Lille to be the main striker but he has been a disaster so far, the centre-forward scoring only one league goal so far.

Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport says that Bordeaux are looking at a loan deal initially but don’t hold out much hope of signing Aleksandar Mitrovic permanently, as they believe any buyout option will be too rich for them.

The NUFC striker has played only 89 minutes of Premier League football across six short substitute appearances, the latest of those over four weeks ago when coming on late in the 3-2 home defeat to Leicester.

Rafa Benitez indicated that it was a ‘small back problem’ which ruled Mitrovic out of subsequent matches but the player himself told Serbian media two weeks ago that he has ‘never felt better’ when asked about his fitness

Aleksandar Mitrovic – 27 December 2017:

“I have never felt better,

“I’m physically in flawless form, I cannot wait to play.

“The most important thing is to find a club and finally get a chance on the pitch. I have not forgotten football, nor how to score goals.”

Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport today (8 January 2018):

“Ligue 1 side Bordeaux have opened talks with Serbian forward and Newcastle United player Aleksandar Mitrovic’s entourage.

“The Girondins are pessimistic about an eventual agreement because of how much a deal would cost.”



  • TheNutJob

    stuck with another player who won`t get a game & they`ll get nowhere near what they paid for him, so they`ll continue to pay him his £60,000 a week & that will block buying a new striker. how he doesn`t get a game when the other 2 are total rubbish is beyond me.
    over at the ronnie we had Ryder proclaiming Saivet the saviour, then after the Swansea game it was Hoss has paid back the £5m. unbelievable to say the least

    • HarryHype59

      Mitro scored nine EPL goals in his first season. Does anyone think Gayle (3) or Hos (4) will get as many as that this season?

      • TheNutJob

        they won`t

        • Geordiegiants

          I would laugh my head off if Hoss got 9 this season, I would love to hear the craic. He probably won’t, but there is no guarantee Mitro would either, don’t forget Mitro had far better players around him the season we got relegated and a few of his glaring misses got us relegated ultimately.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Nut 👍👍👍

  • Wor Lass

    I`m sure Rafa said he was running about a week ago. If Mitro wasn`t injured then surely he or his agent would be saying so. After all, he`s got nothing to lose – he`s already on the schitt list big time.

    • TheNutJob

      when lack of goals could relegate us & Rafa refuses to give Mitro a run then the gaffa is complicit in us going down through sheer spite

      • Wor Lass

        That`s true. I`m not saying he should be first choice or play every game but he should have a run. We can`t buy a goal and it`ll send us down. IF he`s trouble behind the scenes and it`s a clear-cut disciplinary thing then that`s another matter but we get naff all from the club and I`ve only heard one very dubious rumour about him bullying other players.

        • TheNutJob

          we could do with him bullying the opposition. going back to the Swansea match, his golden boy`s Clarky & Jamaal were out jumped twice by a 5ft 9 striker.
          we don`t play like a team, we don`t look like a team

        • kingfisher

          He’s an International striker for Gods sake! Now I know Serbia may not be on the same level as Germany, Spain etc, but surely, he’s got to be given a chance.I could understand it if Gayle,Perez and The Hoss were scoring goals for fun,but surely he can’t be any worse.If Rafa wants rid of him, then he should be put in the shop window and get some game time !

  • ghostrider

    Rafa Benitez, Mr integrity and Mr honest, as fans keep on telling me, is now trying to play the pacifying game with the fans by making out Mitro was nursing injuries, just in case he plays him begrudgingly and Mitro scores a couple and makes him look a right dipstick.

    I’m going to keep saying it.
    Rafa OUT.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂😂

    • Wor Lass

      “now”? – Rafa has been saying he`s injured and slowly coming back for weeks. This report is out of date. Here`s a reply I had from Lhc yesterday. It`s only a rumour but it would explain things if true:

      ” I was told reason Mitro is out of the picture is because believe this or not I’m not so sure myself tbh, is that ‘ in training his attitude is poor he got caught keeping his phone down his sock whilst training😂 and he has chinned a few players and he’s a bully’ ….”

      It`s hearsay and might be complete rubbish but there may be some truth to it. Something like this would be the only acceptable explanation to me. Mind you, the way Mitro plays, if his phone was down his sock it would be smashed to smithereens within minutes – training or not!

      • Soldier

        maybe he should join Beardsley training the u23`s

        • Peaky Magpie

          😆😆

          • Soldier

            wor lass spreads more rumours than Lee Ryder

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂😂

          • Wor Lass

            But at least they`re all spelt correctly!

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂😂

        • kingfisher

          Should that not be bullying the U23’s ? I think all things considered,Mitro would make a much better bully than Pedro. 🤣🤣🤣

      • ghostrider

        This would explain it mind. lol.
        I liked that write up, it made me laugh.
        I’ll bet many fans go along with that just to let uncle frigging Rafa off the hook. HAHAHAHAHA.

        Here’s what I think’s happened…but I could be wrong and it is only speculation on my part.
        Mitro went to Rafa’s office and knocked too hard on the door.
        Rafa shouted “oi oi oi, cut that out banging like that.”
        Mitro shouted, “ok ok ok Rafa man, calm down, man.”

        Rafa says ” ahhh so you think you’re a Geordie now, eh?……eh?……eh? ( as Rafa gets up and grabs Mitro by the throat).
        Mitro shouts ” gerroff you’re chthin me, (yuck yuck yuck), gerroff, (gargle goo goo yuck yuck) me.”

        Mitro then throws Rafa to the floor and kicks him in the face and smashing his i-phone that he forgot was down his sock.
        Rafa is laid like a rag doll with his little ankle socks crumpled to below his ankles and shouts….” right, that’s it now Mitter…you’re dropped for ever and ever and if I have to play you I’m gonna say you had a bad back which is better now.”

        Just then Mitro says ” you think so, eh…..you thin k so (with clenched teeth)….well take this (kerpow, garrunch….THWACK)…I’m gonna tell the world that I’m fighting fit (as Mitro leaps out of the window with ever distant words) fighting fit……fightin fi……..figh…..fi………..fi…………..GONE.

        Just speculation mind.

        • Wor Lass

          Get on the dog and bone to Stan Lee NOW!

          • Damon Horner

            Surprised you gave him the time of day. Your response was an unbiased scenario and he just mocked it.

          • Wor Lass

            I`m all for a bit of humour, Damon. I thought it was quite funny – and who knows, it could just be true! lol

        • Wor Lass

          Were you there?

          • ghostrider

            Nawwww….me nana told me. lol

      • Mitros gotta start

        Rafa the liar himself said only last week that mitro is one of the hardest trainers at the club

      • 1957

        The one I heard was he had a public fall out with a Benitez minion after training one day over a potential move. Given Benitez wouldn’t let him go without a replacement Mitrovic responded by saying he might as well not turn up for training if he wasn’t going to even get on the bench (only in more colourful language)

    • kingfisher

      If Rafa walks or gets sacked,at least the hunt for a new Manager would be easy as we would only want one who’s used to Managing in the Championship, ’cause that’s where we’ll be if we don’t start buying/loaning soon !

      • Soldier

        Rafa`s doing a good job of taking us down anyway. 2 pts out of 21 at home. come on !

      • ghostrider

        I could guarantee you one thing if I had foresight.
        If Rafa gets sacked or leaves (hopes one of the two) and we get in a manager who is willing to let these players play football, plus the ones out in the cold….I’d put my house on us finishing the season in the premier league.

        With Rafa I seriously have my doubts and reliance will be more on other teams collapsing than us doing anything amazing under him.

        We have enough games left for a new manager to make a good fist of it.
        The players we have are much better than what they are showing.

        • kingfisher

          I can’t make my mind up about Rafa! Surely he hasn’t become a bad Manager since he joined us,or is he just a good Manager when he has loads of money available?
          I do agree that he is far too defensive at home,as everyone knows thats where your points for survival should come from. Obviously as many people have said on here previously,the problem is: if Rafa goes,who do we get? I don’t think there is any easy solution.

          • ghostrider

            There’s never any easy solution at Newcastle…we are all drilled into that.
            However, Rafa isn’t a bad manager he’s just not the manager a club like ours needs.
            He’s far too negative for Newcastle United to be anything but also ran in the race.
            He is (or appears to be) far too stubborn with players and he seems to have massive TRUST issues with players that he should be well used to understanding.
            Football players on the whole are prone to wayward issues.
            Sulking over them will make those issues expand.

            Give most manager pot loads of money to right wrongs and the laws of averages says they will get something right for a short period of time.
            Rafa seems to have this attitude of Rourke’s drift in 90% of games.

            It makes the fans believe that this team is so inept that we simply have to play it like this.
            IUt is far from inept to take teams to task offensively and in fact, if the reality was shown, this team is set up for exactly that with the players we have.
            The only thing that was missing was the training of the players to effect it. Instead it’s been suppressed in favour of the cautious mentality by a stubborn manager that is basically trying to make excuse after excuse as to why his genius plan of action will reap dividends with this so called championship squad that he’s somehow been left with.

            The fans aren’t stupid but unfortunately people like Rafa can play on their hatred of the owner and co to deflect his own misgiving’s.

            You know when you walk into a house full of people and you get that feeling that all is not well, because you can sense an atmosphere?

            That’s how I feel with the players under Rafa.
            It seems like it’s some kind of uneasy acceptance of him that is slowly eating away at them and one by one they’re starting to crack.

            Unless Rafa Benitez has a massive change of heart and starts using players that can actually do a job and training them to do that job….offensively, then we are doomed. Doomed…….DOOMED I TELL YOU…….

            Seriously though we need rid because only ridding him will produce the goods to stay up and it has to be right now.
            If Rafa walked or was sacked and Koeman or someone like him walked through that door, we are cooking on gas.

          • kingfisher

            Good comments Ghost,extremely well put! 👍👍👍

    • Danimal

      You don’t need to keep saying it. Sooner or later the shoddy and incompetent performance of your hero Ashley will drive Rafa out, same as all good things have been driven out of this shell of a club in the last 11 years.

      • Soldier

        nobody likes or backs Ashley but the reality is, if we keep playing like we have been at home we`re down & that`s on Rafa`s toes

        • Danimal

          The home form is definitely poor and a big worry. I’m just trying to look at the bigger picture, 8 points from Stoke, Brighton, Swansea and West Ham is fine and when the final table is printed, won’t matter if the points came at home or away. On the home form, we probably have 3 fortuitous “additional” points (Palace & Liverpool) but with the same performances and half decent luck might have nicked another 3 or 4 points (from any of Bournemouth, Swansea, Everton, Leicester). Two thirds through the season and outside the bottom three. Not sure we could have asked for anything more with the squad we have. It’s not going to pretty, we might go down but I really hope we will scrape through. Like most other people I’m only happy to think this way on the condition that there will be a change of ownership in the summer…

      • ghostrider

        There could be money available but Rafa might be wanting players like….ermmm….you know….goalkeepers or anything but the players he should be going for.
        You know…… things like that.

        I wouldn’t give Rafa anything if that’s his game.
        I can almost imagine seeing on the news where scooby and the gang have chased Rafa through the club and cornered him, then tied him up.

        They say ” let’s see who he really is” (all reel back in shock after lifting the Rafa mask) ” huh….it’s Lee Cattermole”
        Cattermole: ” yeah and I’d have gotten away with it and relegated the club if it wasn’t for you meddling kids….and ghostrider the super sleuth in attendance.”

        lol

        • Danimal

          I’ll give you that one! You’re on form this morning, what did you have for breakfast, I need some.

          • ghostrider

            Two eggs, 4 bacon, 4 sausages, 2 black pudding, 2 fried bread, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, 2 hash browns, 2 soft buttered bread and a large mug of hot sweet tea.

            Actually I’m just teasing you.

            A cup of tea with half a sugar in and that’s it. lol.

          • Wor Lass

            God, if I had that lot I`d probably only manage 3 sausages!

          • ghostrider

            If I had that lot i’d poo myself at the table.

        • HarryHype59

          That was actually quite funny!

      • Martin Rooney

        Do you know that Mike ‘never invests’ Ashley, pays his manager the 12th highest wage of any managers in the world when you consider, Man u, Man city, LFC, Arsenal, Chelsea Spurs, PSG, Dortmund, Bayern, Barca R madrid Ath madrid, Ajax, Juve, Roma, Inter and AC never mind the international managers.
        Its a surprise that he’s vilified with a view point that he treats Rafa badly.

    • Phil

      If you work for the nufc medical department I respect your opinion. I very much doubt that you do though. In which case you are judging Rafa and his integrity on what? An interview given to Serbian tv by a player who has serious discipline issues.

      • ghostrider

        What are you basing his integrity on?

        • Phil

          The fact he has successfully managed some of the biggest clubs in the world. The way he speaks about football not just on the pitch but how it effects community.
          The work he has done for charity. The way one of the most respected journalists in the game guillem ballague speaks about him. He is not a bad guy. He is not an Alan pardew or John carver. He is a manager when you look at the facts everybody should be proud to have at our club and supporting fully.
          Unfortunately some have different ideas. Nobody comes up with the name of the guy to save us would be but the moan nevertheless! Be careful what you wish for. Stoke just got Paul lambert. That’s the quality of manager available at the minute

          • ghostrider

            I’d take Lambert over Rafa’s football any day of the week.
            Rafa isn’t doing anything for this club. It’s an illusion that people actually think he is.

            a massive run of bad games and then most started to question his weirdness.
            2 wins later against dire opposition at the time and suddenly he became some kind of genius whose weirdness in selections became spot on genius that any normal person just simply could not vision.

            What an utter load of tripe it all is.

            I heard people talk about McClaren in the ways you mention about Rafa. Even some calling him a master coach. A footballing coach of the highest order.
            But somehow Pardew is a bad guy and Carver is a bad guy, plus most other managers we have and Rafa is Mr all roses and petals .

            Well let me tell you something for CERTAIN.
            If Rafa Benitez was working under….say….PCP or (insert owner) whatever and he produced this football with his buys…..I guarantee you he would be hounded out of this club.

            There would be no way in hell that the fans would accept his unusual behaviour…..and it has been unusual to say the least.
            I know I know ” oh I wouldn’t be one of them because Rafa has INTEGRITY and is the bestest and most powerful manager we’ve ever had in the land of OZ.”

            And so on.

            Sorry about the sarcasm, it’s just meant as a mild arm folding look…nothing bad.

          • Martin Rooney

            Serious discipline issues,
            A 50/50 sending off v arsenal and two other sending offs in 2.5 years. and no suspensions or fines from the club during that time

          • Phil

            In comparison shearer was sent off twice in his entire career. One of those was rescinded!

            Mitro is a hot head and far from a natural finisher.

          • Martin Rooney

            Phil, Nar man we can hold him in esteem for his goal scoring, however his special position as England’s leader brought him privilege, to list the teams he should have been sent off for serious foul play would be a big job but I’ll offer you these, Leicester, Grimsby (opponent get him back though), Everton, Chelsea are just a few.

  • Soldier

    iv`e said it before & i`m saying it again, if we lose at home to Burnley Rafa needs to leave or he`ll make sure we go down with his negativity

    • Geordiegiants

      Negativity? I think you need to revise your way of posting then.

      • Soldier

        if i`m wrong say so, if not button it. Mr anti Mitrovic

        • TheNutJob

          😁😁

        • Geordiegiants

          I hope, really hope he goes if Amanda doesn’t take over. I can’t wait to see what the likes of you and the other negative posters say when another manager comes in and we are playing the inbreds in league 1. We have a manger with integrity for the first time since Keegan under Jabba and you lot want another Pinocchio! It just makes me laugh.

          • Soldier

            integrity doesn`t win you matches, his record is worse than McClarens & he makes Pardew look like Pep Guardiola

          • Geordiegiants

            They both had far better players, Rafa has players worth half the money in days where players cost three times the money of either of those 2.

          • Martin Rooney

            Rafa bought them with over £117 MILLION worth of shopping budget in just three transfer windows only 6 players in Saturdays squad of 18 here before those transfer windows. But divint let facts cloud ya judgement

          • Geordiegiants

            I won’t let the fact that if we had a decent striker we wouldn’t be in this mess. £5m for a premier league striker, give our man.

          • Martin Rooney

            In the summer he had enough money to buy on one but he bought a CB a right back two left wingers and an alright striker. £32 pounds worth of summer purchases were on bench or not in squad on Saturday mate that’s a pretty decent striker.

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s the point you don’t get, he couldn’t bring abstriker in for that money because he couldn’t pay the wages. He is told he can bring three players in on a limited budget. Not he can bring one in on mega bucks.

          • ghostrider

            I keep hearing this integrity bit. What’s all this about?
            Is it because he doesn’t chew gum and swear in press conferences?
            What’s the integrity bit.
            Explain it to me, about him, please.

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂

          • Geordiegiants

            Integrity bit??? Are you having a laugh? Just one thing there are others, he doesn’t roll over and blow smoke up Jabbas hoop, every other manager apart from Keegan has just treat us all like muppets.

  • TheNutJob

    1 thing the soldiers right on, we must bin the defensive tactics at home we`re dropping to many points, Oh and get rid of SloMo

  • East Durham Mag

    Can’t believe people are wanting Rafa sacked. Still i am sure a couple of the ones on here are obviously experts and may just fancy the gig themselves. C.V’s at the ready lads.

  • anyobrien

    I’m actually at the pont now we’re I want him sacked just to see who the morons get in and then watch the side plummet to the Championship… I wanting this so I can read what the rafa out brigade will say and what pearls of wisdom they will spew… You see to me going doon is not the end of the world christ, I’ve supported this team for over 45 year had my season ticket for over 35 in the east stand… I’ve seen it all before and tbh if we dropped a dainty into five I’ll still go why?
    Because it’s what I do with friends and family, its about the Match day, a few beers with the lads a moan a groan a bit bait later with your lass, it’s about being part of something… I’ve seen so much worse much worse before it became sexy home crowds OK 16k…fighting home and away places like Bristol, Oldham, Port Vale they were hard days this now is money money and more money but I still get my match day and I still will no matter who’s manager, owner or league we are in… Keep the faith Howay the lads.

    • Geordiegiants

      I feel exactly the same, we are focked anyway, I can’t see how Rafa can move us up or forward, he is only being allowed to tread water. If he went we would sink like a lead weight. And these lot would blame all sorts of other things, it would be comical to see what they wrote.

  • Steve Smith

    If Mitrovic was any good he wouldn’t be playing for us.

    • Martin Rooney

      Check his goals per game ratio in his first season here as a 19 year old foreigner coming into the premier league.

      • Steve Smith

        That was the same argument used by certain people for having Peter Crouch as the first choice England striker.

        • Andy Mac

          So Joselu it is then ? 🤔

  • Phil

    Soldier…. Sums up the saying ‘opinions are like ar$eholes’ perfectly!

  • Mxpx

    Not being funny but when we wanted to get rid of Santon didn’t we pretend he was injured…. The club has previous on this I’m inclined to believe that mitrovic is good to go but we can’t sell so now we’re ready to let him sit on the bench if joselu or gayle aren’t available

    • Martin Rooney

      You need to check the history, Santon demanded to be in the team Carver said you need to prove it on the training ground he took a huff. and it doesn’t really seem to have worked out well for him.
      I mean I saw pics of him in a Sunderland training kit!!!

    • Andy Mac

      Loads of players seem to be “injured” before they’re sold. A certain Carroll was one who was allegedly seeing a specialist in Norway about his ailment only to turn up in a local hostelry in Gatesheed ?.

  • Haitchdee

    Having read through the comments below I beginning to wonder if the opinions of the pundits about the constant whine whine of the Geordie faithful are becoming a reality. I think I’ve slipped into some weird football limbo. No manager will succeed under the Fat lad and Mitro isn’t the answer. Although I’d give him a go until his next dismissal!!!. Managers will come and go but nothing will change till the Fatlads gone.

    • Geordiegiants

      Exactly!

  • Natturner26

    The fact is that even if Mitro isn’t a world beater he’s the best striker we have right now. Rafa needs to wake up and realize there are two options here: play Mitro or sell him and bring in a new striker.

    • Phil

      You can only sell if somebody wants to buy

      • Andy Mac

        Yeah that’s true of course but if he’s not wanted because Fatman isnt prepared to sell him on the cheap then what other course of action is open to us ? Sit him on his R’s for an entire season on £60k a week ??? Some people need to join Ghostrider on the nutty step if they think that’s the best option ?

        • Geordiegiants

          How can he be a good striker if nobody else wants him? If he was that good surely his price wouldn’t be an issue, its not a lot of money, infact he is cheap for a good striker these days.

          • Andy Mac

            Thats assuming you know for sure the asking price ? Wouldn’t surprise me if Fatso thinks he can get £25m for him

          • Geordiegiants

            Howare man! I hate and detest Jabba with every part of me, but even he isn’t that deluded. Jabba is holding out for £15m. No one will pay it, and there is zero chance of a premier league club coming in for him. As much as I think he is pap, and definelty isn’t the answer as some deluded fans on here think, I would use him late on in games, but he isn’t good enough for the premier league by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Phil

    Discussing Rafa with a fellow ‘fan’ on this article. He said he would rather have Paul lambert then Rafa!!

    This just confirms to me that this country seriously neglects the mentally ill. I hope the authorities act before this lunatic does himself or anybody else some real damage. Straight jacket and padded room is the only medicine for this unfortunate soul.

    He goes by the name ghostrider. Do not approach just call 999 immediately if you cross paths with him!

    • Geordiegiants

      He is a stooge on here to incite debate.