The plaudits continue to pour in for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

A starring role on Tuesday night for Serbia, capping a remarkable turnaround for the striker.

Not given a single Premier League start this season by Rafa Benitez, when Mitro at last got on the pitch for Fulham in February, it was his first league starts in nine months.

The Newcastle striker was desperate for regular football to both protect his place at this year’s World Cup and also prepare him properly.

He is certainly winning on both fronts.

Scoring two goals last night (it should have been his first career hat-trick but officials failed to spot one over the line), that now makes it nine goals for club and country in his last eight games.

No wonder Aleksandar Mitrovic (watch his latest goals here) is so happy with life at the minute and the same for his international boss Mladen Krstajic.

After the win last night, Serbia’s head coach says that Mitro is ‘a killer up front’.

He also deems it a ‘great pleasure’ to have the Newcastle striker in his team.

Krstajic also confidently predicts that Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to move on to ‘an even bigger, better club’ than Fulham, and presumably he also means Newcastle United.

What does seem for sure is that whatever Mitro does in the meantime, Rafa Benitez will still be determined to trade him in for a striker who more suits the way he wants to play.

Just as well that Newcastle’s results have picked up at the same time as Mitro has run into such form, as things could have got very messy otherwise.

Mladen Krstajic:

“Aleksandar Mitrovic is very lucky to be coached by [Fulham’s] Slavisa Jokanovic.

“He is a coach from Serbia who knows him very well.

Mitrovic did a very good thing in choosing to come to Fulham.

“I’m sure that after the loan he will move to an even bigger, better club where he can do much better.

“Personally it’s a great pleasure to have a player such as Aleksandar Mitrovic in our squad.

“He’s a killer up front, which he proved today.”



  • Wor Lass

    Mitro`s the greatest thing to happen for the Mag and the Chronic since HBA!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s the greatest thing to happen to Fulham & Serbia in years.
      I hope Fatso`s not reading the reports down South
      😂😂

  • Lager Arm

    Imagine if John Carver or Steve McLaren had loaned out Mitrovic, played Joselu instead then paid to get an injured replacement on loan. They’d both have been hanged from the crossbar at the Gallowgate end by now. Dont care if you’re a fan of Rafa or not he’s handled this situation very badly.

    • Wor Lass

      You can`t argue with that. That`s why my pet theory was always that something serious had happened behind the scenes. Thing is, I think something would have leaked out by now if that was the case.

      • Jezza

        There is a reason why Mitrovic has been frozen out. I have personally never rated him and don’t consider him to be any great loss but believe me there is a reason why he has been frozen out and it’s all to do with Ashley and money.

    • Mrkgw

      Well said. Rafa went down in my estimation a number of weeks ago over this.

      • Jezza

        Rafa has got no say whatsoever in the club’s transfer business. You are blaming the wrong guy for this mess.

    • Jezza

      Rafa didn’t loan out Mitrovic. Ashley did and purely for monetary reasons.

      • Mike Adam

        It does wash, he never gave him a run when the strikers he played week in and week out could not score, that is the problem, and that has nothing to do with Ashley. He played him 89 minutes total with 21 minutes being his longest stretch of time. On a team shut out in 40% of it’s games.

    • Lhc

      Spot on mate, well said.

    • Mike Adam

      Absolutely mate!!!

  • Mrkgw

    Nice on Rafa.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Yeah he’s got us looking pretty safe with what every pundit calls a championship squad.

      • Mrkgw

        Maybe those pundits are wrong Dillon. Annoyingly, they seldom badge Brighton or Huddersfield as being Championship when in actual fact, we have more ex-Premiership players than both of those clubs. You know my thoughts on Mitrovic – Rafa refused to play him. He needed game time to score goals and look at what he is doing now. Personally, I have no issue were Rafa to walk over this as letting the player go in favour of the persistently injured and over the hill Slimani was criminal. Terrible decision and a shocking lack of judgement.

        • Lhc

          I agree

        • Jezza

          It was Ashley and not Rafa who was responsible for Mitrovic going and Slimani coming in and both those moves were purely down to money.

          Rafa has done a magnificent job to get our Championship squad looking pretty safe but you would be be happy to see him go and replaced by Pardew (because make no mistake he will be replaced by Pardew) all because of a striker who couldn’t cut it in the Championship last season. I despair.

          • Mrkgw

            Problem is Jezza, that Rafa near enough refused to pick him. You are generally right on things but I’m digging in my heels on this one because Mitrovic should still be at our club. I like Gayle but he is a different style of player and if it were my choice (which it isn’t obviously), I would be playing both him and Mitro up front. I think Rafa is stubborn and, blinkered on this one. And, if Ashley inevitably played his part in engineering the move then it comes as no surprise. But hey, all opinions at the end of the day.

      • Jezza

        Precisely.

      • Mike Adam

        Half of the Premier League teams are no more than Championship caliber, so IMO, it is no great achievement.

        • Dillon Tovak

          As we won the championship I don’t quite agree but to an extent your not a million miles off.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Mitrovic has only ever said great things about this club and has only ever stressed how honoured he feels to represent it… at 23 he still has the potential to wear our colours to great effect for years to come.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      yes he has, but it won`t happen under Rafa

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Then that would be an indictment of Rafa and point to his poor man management skills .. you would hope (and I certainly do) that a “world class manager” would be able to utilise the clubs assets to their maximum potential… you can’t say Mitrovic fits into that category at the minute.. hopefully long term though.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Even McClaren ended up dropping him. As the guy above states, no other managers or scouts rated him enough to put a solid bid in.
          The truth is, maybe it’s unfair but the media and refs have a watchful eye on him therefore making him a liability to have really.
          He needs to be consistent, which he seems to be doing at Fulham so he just needs to crack on and keep up the good work.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            What? You are actually trying to hold McClarren up as a good judge ?
            Cisse was our main striker under shredded wheat head anyway .. Mitrovic was supposed to be a prospect for the future

    • Desree

      Mitrovic says great things about every club he plays for. He won’t play for Newcastle again, Rafa doesn’t rate him and I don’t think he listens to fans or club owners.

      It would be great if we could drop the Mitrovic thing. I have never seen such debate over a bang average player.

      We didn’t even give Pardew this much grief over Demba Ba. He did rate him yet played him totally out of position.

      • mentalman

        it worked though and the player who he brought in to his position was scoring freely, the players keeping mitro out of the team aren’t scoring

      • Jezza

        “I have never seen such debate over a bang average player.”

        Couldn’t agree more.

      • Mike Adam

        Only time will tell, seems when played at other places he is way above average, of course at lower levels. But at age 23, who knows if given a proper opportunity by a team and a manager that know how to play to his strengths that he won’t be well above average or even outstanding in the top leagues in the World, hopefully it will happen in the Premier League. I can tell you that unfortunately NUFC fans will never get to see if it could happen on Tyneside though. That is the point, that he was never given a chance this season on a terrible offensive side.
        If you and others are all so happy with the results so far and the fact we have been shut out in 40% of our games then good for you, but myself and many others are not.

  • Keeganontherebound

    Where were those ‘bigger, better’ clubs during the January transfer window? I seem to recall the might of Bordeaux, Anderlecht and Fulham came in for Mitro (Oh and Brighton with an allegedly very low bid). Of course Rafa knows nothing about football and nor do the scouts in the premiership, la liga or serie a. Thankfully we’ve got plenty of experts on here to set them right. I’ve got nothing against Mitro but he does have obvious weaknesses (not least his embarassing lack of pace) and to put it politely he doesn’t look like the sort of player who would be able to follow a sophisticated tactical plan. That so many on here see him as a saviour just shows how far we’ve fallen.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Why do you want the player and our club to fail?

      • Keeganontherebound

        Like I said, I have nothing against the lad, I just think we should have more faith in the manager’s judgement. How many of us thought we desperately needed a new ‘keeper?

        • ghostrider

          We didn’t desperately need a new keeper.

          • Mike Adam

            No we did not, totally agree ghost!!!

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          How many had faith in Gullit when he booted Rob Lee and wanted to sell Shearer?

          • Damon Horner

            Dropping the record Premier League goalscorer for a man playing non-league football by his mid-twenties isn’t the same compared to playing Gayle as first choice ahead of Mitrovic where they have equal goalscoring records in English football. I get your point but a strange example.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Gayle had a proven track record of being a premiership flop .. Mitrovic has a very good record for a player of his age

          • Damon Horner

            Comparable goals per minute, Gayle done ok but no trusted to be selected and he is a flop, Mitrovic has done ok but not selected and is unfairly treated. Go figure. Stand by it though, strange comparison to Robinson/Shearer whichever way it’s dressed.

          • Keeganontherebound

            I don’t think you can compare Gullit’s track record as a manager with Rafa’s and Mitro is no Shearer.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            So you wouldn’t have backed the manager then ?

          • Keeganontherebound

            No, who said anything about blind faith? Just don’t think this is the
            open and shut case people are making it out to be. It’s not like Mitro’s gone to Barca and is keeping Suarez out of the team…

          • Jezza

            Spot on.

        • Mike Adam

          You have nothing against the lad, really? Did you read your own comments above my friend???
          And we didn’t need a new keeper as much as we needed other players. Look at the facts, again, we have only won 4 of our last 22 matches and have been shut out in 40%(12) of our matches, that tells me we need to score goals. When you do not score, no matter how good you defend the best you can get is one single point, and that only happens when a clean sheet is kept.

    • Clarko

      Bordeaux, Anderlecht, Brighton, West Brom and Hamburg fall under the “bigger and better clubs than Fulham umbrella”. You just defeat your own argument stating, “Rafa knows nothing about football and nor do the scouts in the premiership” after citing Brighton as being interested…

      “he doesn’t look like the sort of player who would be able to follow a sophisticated tactical plan”

      You can’t put together a sophisticated argument.

      • Keeganontherebound

        Still as slow on the uptake I see…The article suggests that ‘bigger and better’ applies to us. If you think that lot are bigger and better than us are you sure you’re a fan? As for Brighton they clearly didn’t value him very highly did they? Must try harder.

        • Clarko

          Can you read?

          “Mitrovic did a very good thing in choosing to come to Fulham. I’m sure that after the loan he will move to an even bigger, better club where he can do much better.”

          Krstajic is talking directly about Fulham.

          I don’t care how much Brighton value Mitrovic, that wasn’t my point, my point was that you contradicted yourself, Brighton, a Premier League club, were interested.

          • Keeganontherebound

            These are comments on the article above which, as you would see if you took the time to read it, suggested he would move on to bigger better clubs than NUFC. And I did not contradict myself – Brighton clearly value Mitro a lot less highly than his fanboys on here do. Now go forth and multiply.

          • Clarko

            Again, Krstajic is talking about Fulham not Newcastle, this article is about the comments made by Krstajic. You are wrong, get over it.

            Here is the quote, that can be found in the article above, the quote that you have ignored multiple times now:

            “Mitrovic did a very good thing in choosing to come to Fulham. I’m sure that after the loan he will move to an even bigger, better club where he can do much better.”

            You have again brought up how much you think Brighton value Mitrovic, I don’t care, that isn’t my argument, you contradicted yourself, that’s my argument. Dummy.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Ner ner ner ner ner my Dads bigger than your Dad.

    • Jezza

      Excellent comment.

    • TheFatController

      Agreed, as I’ve said elsewhere the players clearly play for Rafa, even when coming back in after a spell out.

      Would they do that if they thought Rafa was treating a fellow player unfairly? They’re obviously seeing what rafa’s seeing, Rafa’s treatment of Mitro, if it’s as bad as people suggest it is, would affect his relationship with all players.

      Clearly it’s had no effect, if you watch the Man Utd game. Or any other game.

    • Mike Adam

      Are you for real? Who would bid on a player who was only played 89 minutes??? His “embarassing lack of pace” doesn’t seem to be a weakness for him anywhere else.
      “to put it politely he doesn’t look like the sort of plyer who would be able to follow a sophisticated tactical plan” again he doesn’t seem to have a problem following the plan anywhere else. And, are you referring to the sophisticated tactical plan that has won us 4 out of our last 22 matches and has led us to scoring “zero” goals 12 times this season and 40% of our matches. The same plan that has enabled our two main strikers to score an astounding 9 goals between them.
      It is not that he is a “saviour” as you say, it is that he was never even given a run, when the stikers our manager plays cannot score, that is the point.

  • Philippines

    What more can we say?

  • Desree

    We should get some decent money for him. Maybe a swap for lukaku?

    • TheNutJob

      Rafa won`t see any of the money

  • TheNutJob

    there`s 2 players at the Toon with real passion for the club,
    Jamaal is one, the other is Mitro, the not so mad Serb,
    the latter is starting to look like the striker we hoped for when bought as a raw kid.
    Rafa`s knackered him up for 2 years & Mitro unleashed looks like a new man.
    2 years down the line when he`s gone we still won`t have a striker that`s anywhere near good enough, Fatty will see to that

    • Mrkgw

      ‘Rafa’s knackered him up for 2 years’……

      That would seem to be the case. When at Newcastle his confidence seemed shot to pieces. Not that Rafa gave him much of a chance of course. I’m fuming to see Fulham benefitting from the deal when we have strikers who are far too inconsistent and could have done with him. Mitro should have had opportunities to shine – as Gayle, Joselu and Perez have all benefitted from. Instead we get a crocked has been on loan. And people still elevate Rafa as some sort of saviour. Well, he will be remembered for me as the Manager that robbed us of our one international striker and decent long term prospect.

      • TheNutJob

        what narked me was that when he scored the goals they said
        Fulham`s striker

        • Mrkgw

          Absolutely. Galling. Why does it always have to be us, always our club that comes off worst. It’s infuriating.

          • TheFatController

            Why is mitro the only player treated this way by Rafa? Every other player comes and goes out of the team. Lascelles was captain but not even second choice CB for the Spurs game?

            You can’t make a case for Mitro at all because no other player has this issue with Rafa.

            If he can’t work out how to get back into the team, like Lascelles did, by playing and acting exemplary, then that’s his problem.

            Rafa brought him on against West ham. Before he scored he’d smashed Lazaridis in the face. Did Rafa ask him to do that? Whose to blame then?

            Would Lascelles, Ritchie, Clark, Murphy, Atsu do something so easily avoided ? Of course not. They’re professionals.

          • Mike Adam

            You are forgetting the huge difference he was only given 89 minutes and never started a match with 21 minutes being his longest stretch of playing time. That hardly compares to the other players you mention who were regular starters most of the season and were only sat a game or two.
            Then there it is the elbow against West Ham, one of the excuses the anti-Mitro crew always pull out. Rubbish I say, no discipline problems last year, and besides that alleged intentional elbow, no problems this year. Oh and no problems in International matches either.

        • Mike Adam

          Well, he played 89 minutes for NUFC. He was not even on the bench for some matches, think about that!!! Even though NUFC still owns him he is a Fulham striker, they are the smart one’s starting him up top.

      • Mike Adam

        Shut out in 12 of 30 matches . . . that is 40% of our matches we do not score and only have a chance at 1 single point if and only if we keep a clean sheet. If that is good enough for fans, well then what else can I say.

  • GlasgowMag

    These constant posts/articles about Mitro are a smokescreen to have a go at Rafa hes gone get over it!!!

    • Nut

      Agreed!

    • Mike Adam

      He is still our player, until he is sold. NUFC on the other hand have won 4 of our last 22 matches and have been shut out 12 times this season.

  • Nut

    Rafa sent Mitrovic on loan to Fulham in order for him to gain experience and to get goals and matchfitness for the finals of the world cup. So if Mitrovic continues to fire Fulham up the league and goes to the world cup it’s a win for Newcastle, Rafa and Mitrovic.

    Afterwards who knows what will happen, Rafa might decide selling him will strengthen opposition and decide to keep him and play him.

    Alternatively he might decide the money made from selling him can be better invested in the squad…..

    Rafael is the Newcastle manager, no one else and it’s ultimately his decision whatever anyone else thinks.

    • mentalman

      how’s it a win for everyone if we go down it’ll be due to a lack of goals so it’ll hardly be a win for rafa or newcastle

    • Lhc

      Why does he need experience?! He has won the league with Anderlecht being there main man up top he’s played in the champions league, premier league (which I think he handled very well and gave a good return) also played for his country and is very highly regarded. This has nothing to do with experience, it’s personal simple as that.

      • Nut

        Anderlecht is a much lower lvl of football than even our championship.

        Whilst he has played some champions league with them he isn’t a proven scorer at that lvl by any means.

        Premier league he scored a few but was hardly prolific and was stifled by relegation.

        As for country they have hardly won anything have they!

        • Colin Brumwell

          The Serbs provided the main core of some very good Yugoslavian sides for 40years

      • TheFatController

        In any job in any walk of life, the trick is to get on with your boss, show them your value etc

        If you feel it’s personal move on. It’s often not, particularly when the boss you’re not getting selected by is demonstrating that everyone else is working really hard and there are no personal issues with other players.

        Mitro is the odd one out at our club, all other players get used in the team as and when needed no problem. That reflects badly on him, not Rafa.

        • Mike Adam

          Not when he is scoring everywhere else, that reflects badly on the manager who didn’t play him. Why do you think this continues to be an issue for us who support him. If he went to Fulham and didn’t score, would all of this conversation be occuring, absolutely not.
          NUFC has won 4 of their last 22 matches and has been shut out 12 times. And a striker who is on our roster was not given a chance, that is the issue and the reason it continues to be talked about.

          • Lhc

            7 (starts) for Fulham 7 goals

        • Lhc

          What a load of shi#e! Especially the last part.

      • Mike Adam

        EXACTLY and scored against teams like Man City, ManU, Arsenal, Spurs . . . .

  • East Durham Mag

    FFS change the record.

    • Nut

      I wish folk would, instead of just using Mitrovic to go off at Rafa.

  • 1957

    If Benitez had favoured a regular goalscorer over Mitrovic this discussion wouldn’t be happening. He wasn’t he was playing a player he bought, a 28 year old Spanish journeyman who has found goals hard to come by at the top level throughout his career allegedly because he trained well, running further than Mitrovic if Lee Ryder is to be believed.

    Benitez repeatedly said Mitrovic was training well and if he continued he had a chance of getting in the team…it was never the case, he might have been proved wrong about a player he simply didn’t/doesn’t rate

    • Nut

      I don’t think it’s a case of mitrovic not being rated by Rafa, I think it’s a case of Rafa not wanting to subject Mitro to another relegation fight where he will have to track back and maybe he has been stifled in our team at present because of this.

      Hence why Rafa loaned him out to see him progress (he is still young) and could still very well play a part in Rafa’s plans for the future if he proves himself a goalscorer at championship and world cup level.

    • Mike Adam

      Your first sentence couldn’t be more true my friend!!!

  • molend

    OK, I admit I’m biased in favour of Mitro because of my Serbian connections and the fact that he loves theToon, but the fact remains that some very perspicacious commentators on this thread (and others) have pointed out that anybody can score when they’re playing. That’s not the point, though, is it? What we need is a striker who scores when he isn’t playing. Obvious, isn’t it?

  • Mike

    move on for Gods sake wot the hells the point get a few mill for him and thats it

    • Mike Adam

      Good news is Fat Mike will make some money on him in the summer, even more if he has a good World Cup.

  • TheFatController

    Is the ‘cult of Mitro’, where people get hugely emotional that a striker isn’t played by a world-renowned manager who had us on a good run currently, just a symptom of the internet and social media?

    If someone is generally angry in life, and we don’t score enough goals, then yes, it’s likely that anger will find an outlet when a striker isn’t played.

    For the generally less angry in life, we’ll probably just think ‘the manager must have his reasons, it’s his reputation/job on the line if we don’t get goals, thus it’s unlikely it’s personal. Plus it’s not as though January saw a tug of war between Barca and Man City for him…’

    If mitro not being played gets them seething, possibly best they don’t choose a career as NHS hospital doctor or such like where they’ll really have their stress levels tested.

    • Mike Adam

      Well if winning 4 matches in 22 is a good run then I guess you are right. If getting shut out 12 times this season is successful then I guess you are right. My problem is that even though they were not scoring “ANY” goals the same strikers were started and played match after match with the same results. There was another option on the squad that was not even given a run, that is “insanity” in my opinion and in Albert Einstein’s, to continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results!

  • Cuh

    Meemeeemeee… Mitrovic