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.”
“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.”