Aleksandar Mitrovic has given a perfect summing up of the madness of transfer deadline day.

On 31 January, Newcastle United completed eight deals.

They were all loan arrangements and saw six players move out and two arrive.

To the general public, why this brinkmanship goes on is anybody’s guess, as in most cases you can’t understand why the clubs/players/agents/managers don’t all have an unspoken agreement to get everything/most done by 30 January or earlier.

In an excellent interview with The Times, Aleksandar Mitrovic explains how late on Tuesday 30 January, agreement was reached for a plane to pick him up at 10am on deadline day to fly him to Bordeaux to sign on loan until the end of the season.

However, he woke up on the morning of the 31 January to find out that his former club Anderlecht wanted him, so he then knocked back Bordeaux.

His countryman Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham manager) then called but Mitro told him that he wasn’t interested in Fulham as Anderlecht had come in for him and that was his first preference.

Landing in Belgium at 7pm on deadline day (night), when he reached Anderlecht’s stadium to complete the move, the striker was then told it was off because they didn’t have the money to fund the loan, due t another deal breaking down.

At that point Mitrovic was sitting there without a loan club to go to for some regular football, with only an hour to go until the deadline.

Newcastle then called him to say he could go to Middlesbrough as they had set up a late deal, only to be saved from that fate as he waited for the papers to come through and be signed.

Aleksandar Mitrovic ending up in a random Snapchat conversation with Fulham boss Jokanovic who only then found out Mitro wasn’t signing for Anderlecht. So a very very last minute deal was worked out and he signed for Fulham.

Having initially become a Newcastle United fan as a kid because they wore the same colours as Partizan who he supported, Mitro now finds himself once again in black and white at Fulham.

He is still desperate for Newcastle to survive and thrive and even more desperate to be a success this Summer at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Whatever you think of him as a player, it is difficult/impossible not to like him as a person. With a lack of real quality at Newcastle United in the playing squad, Aleksandar Mitrovic was a real cult hero, especially for younger fans. Whatever does or doesn’t happen for him in the future at St James Park, many Newcastle supporters will be following his fate closely in these next five or six months.

Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to The Times:

“For me Newcastle is such a big club and he [Benitez] knows it as well.

“It has an amazing stadium and fans, it deserves to be in a much better position than it is now.

Benitez saw the big potential of this club.

“I hope they stay in the Premier League, they deserve this.

“I never met Mike Ashley, he was my boss and I have to respect him.

“I will say Newcastle has a big history and I hope the club will be where it should be.

“Even now I wear black and white [at Fulham].”

Going to the World Cup:

“To be Serbian is the proudest thing in my life.

“The country has been through a lot of wars. We never give up, we fight for our freedom.

“The Serbian mentality is really strong because of what we have been through. I bet every single Serbian thinks the way I think.

“It will be the biggest moment in our football careers, in our lives.

“If we need to give blood we will give blood just to represent our people in the best way we can.”

  • Mrkgw

    Mitro should still be at Newcastle. Rafa chose inexplicably to freeze him out which is ever more odd given the persistence in playing Joselu for example. I don”t want the club to lose Rafa but some of his decisions are certainly questionable – nobody is immune to that, no matter how good a reputation they might have.

    • Leazes.

      You must love Shola Ameobi then his record is better.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Mitrovic is 23

      • Mitros gotta start

        Would get in the team without any problem at the moment

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          The sad fact is he would

      • Mrkgw

        You know what Sleazes, in terms of following NU, the days of Shola et al are way better than those we encounter now. The calibre of players in the squad has dipped markedly because of one man.

        • Blackburn1066

          It just shows how far we have gone down under the little fat Tw-t that runs our club.

    • Mitros gotta start

      And mbemba and hiadara and aarons and lazaar…..the list goes on

      • Desree

        With exception to mbemba the rest are all fit for the knackers yard.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      whoever scouted Hoss should be shot at dawn

      • Leicester Mag

        Just not by the Hos himself

    • Desree

      Hoss wasn’t scouted, he was the only 5m forward in the world!

      • Blackburn1066

        At the moment the team is full of Hoss

    • Dillon Tovak

      People always say Rafa isn’t immune to criticism, as if he doesn’t get criticised constantly on here or other sites.

      • Damon Horner

        Criticism is fine when it is productive and warranted but what’s strange about this bit of criticism is that it’s about an unproven mistreatment of an average strike!

    • Blackburn1066

      Rafa chose inexplicably to freeze him out because he is ,slow, will not track back , he will not do what the manager wants him to do, He gets sent off 5 times a season, Does not score goals, when he gets the chance to head the ball he finds his head has become a Fifty pence piece.

      • thewildchimp

        Well, if there was any other man played before Mitro but Hoselu – maybe I’d take your post seriously…

    • Desree

      If Mitrovic is so good

      a) how come he came to NUFC
      b) why can’t we sell him
      c) why isn’t he playing
      d) why does he try to maim defenders instead of outplay
      e) why did others question if Mitrovic was worth the money when we bought him
      f) why were there numerous rumours of attitude and fitness issues


  • Leazes.

    United attracted him because we play in the same colours as….. Partizan.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    as far as the transfer deadline is concerned Penfold was either sitting on the krappa for 30 days or brushing the Pedro saga under the carpet.

    • Desree

      Penfold was writing posts on the mag under defending Mike Ashley and the lack of signings.

      For some reason Jezza thinks penfold is two brothers from Manchester?

      • Leazes.

        Do you want to know the reason?

        Jezza picked up on what I had said, The Lee brothers Kevin, from Co. Durham but lived in Wigan the other David on his facebook page was frequently in Manchester, presumably visiting….their defence of the ownership of the club is born out of their politics. There is a third member of the same ‘family’ … no not Pugsley, a rather nasty racist father who sometimes posts under the name of ‘funlovingexpress’.

        ….the absolute right of ownership and to hell with those who think they own the club….the fans…. its sort of medieval, might is right and might is money and as ownership is money….. then ownership is right…. work that out…. nobody else can!

        Both absolutely troll the boards under god knows how many names, including ‘Big Sams Black and White Army, High in the Milburn, and ‘Kev from Manchester’… too many to list really.

        Gave their real names away back in 2006 when they set up a fantasy football league on the Chronicle site.

        They have been trolling me for that amount of time because I’m the antithesis of everything they believe in.

        There you go.

        • Desree

          Haha. The last 10 years has been like Scooby Doo. Ashley will get found out that he is ruining the club so he can build a sports direct megastore on St James. And he would have got away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky fans.

  • Arty Hume

    Would have liked to see Mitro and Slimani up top for a few games shame its not going to happen.

    • Leazes.

      It might work in the Championship Arty…. that is the level they are at best.

    • Blackburn1066

      Mitro had you fooled like the little fat man upstairs pay your money, I will take the P-SS out of you, your not fans of a club your people who have a dream that this owner will never subscribe to. Feel the force rebel.

    • nevfur

      Big Jack would have tried that lol

  • robbersdog

    He’s a good lad with a great attitude; I reckon he’ll get himself a new club at the end of the season, rebuild his career and be a big star. Kind of like Florian Thauvin has done at Marseille.

    • Leazes.

      He’s a poor striker in this league who will go to any club that has Partizan colours…. you cant afford to carry players because they are nice or loyal, like we have done in the past…. the club has to be bigger than individuals.

      • Hughie_Gallacher

        The Serbian Billy Whitehurst, but slightly better looking.

        • robbersdog

          The ‘Serbian Billy Whitehurst’ is probably a warlord with a dubious human rights record.

  • Rich Lawson

    Most interesting bit for me is ”I never met Mike Ashley”. How many more of the squad can say that as well ? Speaks volumes about our owner.

    • Lord

      With Mitro’s red card and elbow record, MA probably didn’t want to risk a black eye.

  • Mxpx

    Mitrovic > gayle > joselu would love to see him back in our team or better still on the bench behind someone better than him slimani may or may not be that person but gayle and joselu are not

  • Geordiegiants

    That’s the thing about Mitro, he clearly loves the club the area the fans. It’s just no good when he isn’t good enough, all this garbage abou giving him a chance is just ridiculous, Shearer, Gazza, Watson, they didn’t need chance after chance, they just got on and done it.

    • thewildchimp

      He hasn’t got any chance this season. Unless you consider 5-10 mins per an odd game an opportunity… He was shoved through the door in order to bring a player of similar playstyle.
      People should really get out of the 80s and the 90s – we aren’t there anymore.

      • Blackburn1066

        He is a cart horse, slow , will not work for the team, will not do what the manager wants, get rid ,OH! he’s gone. What a shock!

        • thewildchimp

          Bsh’t. And how exactly do you know what the manager tells him before the games? You a mind reader?

  • Desree

    All you have to do to please some fans is try and break an opponents legs and kiss the badge.
    The only thing special about this lad is the clasd he was in at school.