Aleksandar Mitrovic faced Jack Colback on Saturday.

The pair making their debuts on loan for Fulham and Forest respectively.

Jack Colback played the full match, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic came off the bench 10 minutes into the second half with the score still 0-0.

Whilst he didn’t get a goal or an assist, Mitro will have been the happier of the pair, as Fulham ran out 2-0 winners.

It was nine months since the two players started a league match for Newcastle, both starting in the 3-0 win over Barnsley when NUFC clinched the Championship title.

Fair to say that clearly neither has a future at Newcastle under Rafa, so best case scenario is both doing well on loan and earning a permanent move elsewhere, with Rafa’s transfers funds supplemented and off the wage bill as well.

Interesting to see what each club’s local media had to say about Colback and Mitrovic…

Get West London on Aleksandar Mitrovic:

‘He replaced Rui Fonte in the 55th minute and it’s safe to say he wasted no time in getting stuck into the game.

For the first ten minutes of his debut, he caused the Forest defence problem after problem with his strength and tenacity to lay the ball off and then get into the box to get onto the end of the incoming cross.

He had a header cleared off the line from a corner – a tool that Fulham haven’t really used all season long – and was just a general nuisance for the Forest defenders.

You could also see he’s not afraid to speak his mind, spending a good couple of minutes telling one of the Forest centre backs exactly what he thought of him after a Fulham attack broke down.

You could tell he was lacking match fitness, but give him a month to get up to speed and Fulham have a real player on their hands.’

Nottingham Post on Jack Colback:

‘Jack Colback’s a bit good.

He’s very good, in fact.

While most of the new arrivals could be reasonably satisfied with their performances, the Newcastle United loanee showed he is a class act.

Always eager to get on the ball, he was calm and composed when he did have it and was a solid shield in front of the back-four. There was no bedding in period needed; it was like he’d always been a part of this squad.

He came through the 90 minutes, too, which was a bonus after so little football in recent months.

Colback could prove to be a key player for the Reds while he is at the City Ground; his experience and ability in the centre of the park could prove invaluable.’

  • Mike Adam

    Fulham coach makes the change early in the second half at 0 – 0. Mitro comes on and changes the game for Fulham. Just like he did this year for NUFC the few chances (89 minutes) he had, he often changed the complex of the game and we either scored or spent majority of the time in offensive end of the pitch and came close.

    • JonMag

      your mate will be after you

      • Mike Adam

        All of the Rafa does no wrong guys will be after me.

        • joe mac

          rightly so!

          • Mike Adam

            Really joe, why??? Because I have an opinion. Because the Fulham coach knows when to make substitutions.

          • Geordiegiants

            He still didn’t do anything apart from “put himself about”.

          • Mike Adam

            Totally disagree, he averaged a goal every 220 minutes played in the Premier League, way better than any other striker on the team!!! Look it up.

          • Geordiegiants

            I’m talking about playing for Fulham.

          • Mike Adam

            I didn’t watch it, did you? You had to have watched it or you wouldn’t know! You can spout all the negativity towards Mitro you want. All I know is that the local media said he was a handful for the Forest defense and had a header cleared off the line. I will spout my positive spin and say that I don’t think it was a coincidence that they scored shortly after he came on, because he attracks a crowd and frees up space for his teammates. How about a gentlemen’s bet my friend? I bet he scores more than the 7 goals that Joselu and Gayle were able to manage through the 26 games they played in.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          you’re right, sack Rafa immediately. Replace him with Frank de Boer… or Neil Warnock… or Tony Pulis… or some other uninspiring idiot whose tactics you’ll immediately begin complaining about.

          • Mike Adam

            When did I say sack Rafa??? I question some of his decisions, huge difference!!! I felt he did Mitro wrong by not giving him a chance. When we have been shut out 10 times and our second leading scorer by a single goal is our center back, can you blame anyone for questioning why a striker on the roster was not given a run.

          • GToon

            But, and I’m not suggesting we do sack him, but if we did and got Warnock or Pullis in I bet we’d stay up. Long term it would be a disaster but I reckon there would be a reaction and a change in style. Next game Man Utd at home. So before it even kicks off it’s a defensive damage limitation exercise. I don’t think it would be like that with those two in charge. I’ve said it before that I think Rafa is the right manager at the wrong time. It’s like living in a tent but driving a Ferrari.

  • JonMag

    nice to see them playing well, if we can sell both in the summer Rafa will be able to buy more shyte for Newcastle. in other words, am i impressed with his purchases.
    that would be a NO.
    don`t bother with the Mike stitched him up rubbish, he stitches everybody up

  • DavyB

    Good luck to them. They are both good players and have a good future in football ahead of them. Shame that future won’t be at Newcastle as they both love the club. To play for the club they supported must be a dream come true that most fans would give their right arm for. HWTL.

  • kingfisher

    They both had canny debuts, but let’s not forget it’s the Championship we’re talking about here.Perhaps they have both found their level !

  • Geordiegiants

    The pair of them had Lion hearts, but donkeys feet.

  • Dexter Cousins

    Jonjo Shelvey, couldn’t get a game at Swansea – bottom 3. Gayle, couldn’t get a game at Palace, just got out the bottom three. Joselu 4th choice striker for Stoke, bottom 3. Matt Ritchie is probably the strongest player we have.

    We have a championship squad being paid premier league wages. And Mike Ashley is meant to be a ruthless businessman?