Friday morning saw Aleksandar Mitrovic confirmed as the Championship player of the month for March.

The striker saying ‘I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.’

Loan boss Slavisa Jokanovic commenting ‘Aleksandar Mitrovic has shown strength, quality and perseverance to score important goals and assist his teammates too.’

Predictably, the subject was always going to crop up when Rafa Benitez had his media duties on Friday afternoon.

After picking up eight goals in his last eight matches as well as the award, Rafa says he is ‘really pleased’ for Aleksandar Mitrovic.’

With Mitro & Fulham doing well AND Newcastle as well, Rafa Benitez declared ‘Everything is positive for him and for us.’

Rafa Benitez talking to Matthew Raisbeck of BBC Newcastle:

“Really pleased [for Aleksandar Mitrovic].

“I have to congratulate him [on Championship player of the month award for March] because he’s doing a good job.

“I think it is important for him and good for us too.

“Aleksandar Mitrovic is a young player, doing well in a good team.

“Everything is positive for him and for us.”

Slavisa Jokanovic:

“Aleksandar Mitrovic has shown strength, quality and perseverance to score important goals and assist his teammates too.

“I congratulate him for winning the award for March.

“I expect that he will continue to offer good performances to help the team in this crucial moment of the Championship season.”

After picking up the award, Aleksandar Mitrovic:

“I am happy and proud.

“I would like to thank my team-mates for helping me to achieve this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“From the first minute here, I adapted really fast and my team-mates have helped me a lot.

“I feel good to play every game on the pitch so I hope that we’ll be able to fight for automatic promotion for the rest of the season.

I needed to leave Newcastle because I needed game time and needed games in my legs and I was desperate to play football, to be on the pitch, to score goals.

“It works perfectly for me, I really enjoy it here, my family enjoy it and I hope it continues.

“The manager, obviously being Serbian too, helped me a lot and the style they play, the players they have, I like a lot.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    What it means is Mitrovich is doing well and it`s good for him & the Fat Lad.
    The pigs already bumped his price up to £20m & i`d say sell him but for the fact that Saint Rafael won`t see a penny of it.
    Slim will go back to Leicester & instructions to Penfold from Gulag Shirebrook will be “loans only Lee”
    the Fat Lads pulled more strokes than Sir Steven Redgrave, Expect the same this summer
    🚣 🚣 🚣

    • Rich Lawson

      So we’re still in the same boat !

      • Wor Lass

        Going backwards to win? Can you remember KK`s boating skills on Superstars?!!

        • Rich Lawson

          Your going back a bit now,but yes I do seem to recall he was out of his ”depth” tho’ ?

    • mentalman

      if the loan signings can make the same impact as the ones who joined in january i’d not be that bothered if it was only loans we got

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Survival only is the agenda with loan signings if you`re happy with that fair enough

        • mentalman

          I’d rather have loan signings of a slimani level than buy another joselu

          • Keeganontherebound

            Slimani has played around 20 minutes of football in two months. For a club hovering just above the relegation zone when he arrived, signing a crocked striker when you’re struggling to score goals was reckless to put it mildly. Not sure how anyone can be happy with the club being run like that.

          • mentalman

            Signing a striker who can’t score is also reckless, injury aside slimani is on a different level to joselu and i personally think we’d be better loaning a striker of a higher standard than buying a poorer one

          • Keeganontherebound

            Rafa is not stupid, signing a striker for 5m was obviously a gamble he felt he had to take because of a lack of funds. Joselu didn’t work out. Dubravka and Lejeune did. Merino’s shown great potential. No one gets it right all the time. The fact you think signing an injured striker on loan is appropriate for a club like Newcastle just goes to show how successful Ashley has been at lowering our expectations.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Nailed it there

          • Wor Lass


          • I think Rafa will start Joselu against Leicester today. Gayle needs time on the bench.

          • Danimal

            Not even sure I’d say Joselu didn’t work out. He’s worked hard and made a contribution, opening the scoring for our first win, crucial equaliser against Swansea. I won’t claim the one against Liverpool! He’s not the standard we’d hope for but he’s done a job of sorts.

          • He was flying but had an unlucky game or two and confidence dropped. When Joselu and Gayle are confident they play much above their pay grade but too often they miss a chance or two and their game falls flat after that.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Like signing Murphy for twelve million and Merino for ten plus the class centre half looking forward to spending nearly fifty million again. Well done.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That was then, this is now, he`s said he won`t pend anymore money, or did you miss that bit

        • Danimal

          He didn’t spend any then either, net profit on transfers in the last two years.

    • GlasgowMag

      “Saint Rafael”🤔🤔 nope just a world class manager wanting to bring success to a region, despite working for an employer who would not look out of place operating a chain of the old work/poor houses!!!

      • Paul Patterson

        I thought he already did . .

  • Mike

    bye bye bye cashing ££££££

  • I still believe we might keep Mitro if we have better service on the wings and he ups his technical side.

  • Paul Patterson

    A good Championship player, a poor Premier League player that the manager doesn’t trust.
    He trusts Gayle and he has a few goals and got into positions to miss chances that Mitrovic wouldn’t have even got on to to miss.
    I hear people saying ‘Mitrovic would have scored that’. Wake up! He wouldn’t have got there to miss it . .
    A top clinical, all round striker required in the summer.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Spot on. Lacks pace and instinct at top level. Could improve though. Could play in 4 4 2 but Rafa rarely plays this system so looks like he’s on his way in summer with all our good wishes and blessings.

      • thewildchimp

        Can’t agree. He plays very well for Fulham and scored 1 per start so far. In a 4-3-3 formation. It’s the fact that Rafa plays with isolated strikers so target-men like Mitro and Joselu have no one to pass to.

        • Albert Stubbins

          That’s the point I’m making mate. He’s a good target man as proficient in air but no good as a lone striker. 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 are the systems Rafa prefers. Even on the odd occasion he has gone 4-4-2 Mitro was often left out at the expense of joselyn which was harsh as I think he could have done a job up front with gayle. Unfortunately he wasn’t given a run. In The system Rafa prefers mitro is isolated as he lacks blistering pace like someone like Vardy who can chase down balls and pull wide when required. He’s a victim of circumstances.

          • thewildchimp

            Pace, yes, but I think his instincts are good. Rafa’s system isn’t good for any kind of strikers in the top flight but Vardy-like players might cut it, I agree.

    • Mike Adam

      Yeah mate you know. My question is why you felt the need to come on here and say what you did? I respect everyone’s opinion but totally disagree with yours, and guess what I am wide awake! Only time will tell for sure.