As I watched Joselu running around aimlessly for another 90 minutes on Saturday, my thoughts drifted towards Aleksandar Mitrovic…

I wasn’t at the Augsburg match willingly, instead it was because my daughter wanted to go and so I took her and a friend along.

Friendlies aren’t the best of experiences in any circumstances, but when you are struggling to score a goal against a bang average lowly German club, it means you even more think about anything but the kickabout you are watching.

Newcastle actually weren’t terrible in the first half and had a few chances but as per last season, I always think that Joselu never looks like he is going to get a goal.

I was never the biggest fan of Aleksandar Mitrovic but I must admit, having seen quite a bit of his time and 12 goals at Fulham, then his World Cup adventure, I do think he has maybe matured and looks a more complete striker.

Yes, he could have scored a few more if taking his chances in Russia but I did think his overall game looked a lot better than what we saw most of the time when playing for Newcastle.

As always, I will say first of all that anything Rafa Benitez does, I am fine with, but I do wonder if just maybe he should have changed his Mitro stance.

If we were a normal club and selling the Serbian and a number of others, would then have helped towards four or five proper signings coming in, including a £20m/£25m new striker, the fair enough sell him.

However, with Mike Ashley once again playing Rafa Benitez for a fool and giving him a pittance to reinvest back in the team, just maybe keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic made the most sense.

Salomon Rondon looks like he will arrive any time soon but even to get that, Rafa has had to agree to flogging  Dwight Gayle.

Rondon has a record of averaging eight goals a season in three Premier League seasons, I hope he can do the business but I do worry as to whether we have actually downgraded on strikers…

That is without the then further worries of in the absence of Mitro and Gayle, what happens if Rondon then gets injured?

Back to Joselu appears to be that answer.

I can’t help but think this sale of Mitro is going to come back and haunt us, especially with Fulham showing ambition to bring in plenty of other major signings.

My mood wasn’t helped when checking out the official Fulham site this morning, to see what was happening with our former striker.

Unlike Newcastle’s transfer activity, Aleksandar Mitrovic made his first start on Saturday since moving back to Fulham and promptly scored a very good goal after three minutes and then added an assist on 16 minutes, the Cottagers eventually drawing 2-2 with Celta Vigo.

I am now daydreaming again, though this time remembering Joselu yesterday. Yes he tries his very best but last season taught us that/he is nowhere near good enough.

I still can’t believe that he is still here and we are almost certainly going to have to rely on him this season.

If Aleksandar Mitrovic is at the same time firing on all cylinders and scoring goals at Fulham, it is going to be a constant itch that won’t go away.

Comments included in official Fulham match report from their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo:

‘Fulham concluded their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at a sunny Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

All the goals came in the first-half with Aleksandar Mitrovic reintroducing himself to the Fulham faithful after just three minutes when his low strike opened the scoring.

Celta Vigo named a strong line-up which included Iago Aspas as part of a dangerous front-three with former Fulham man Jozabed named among the replacements.

Mitrovic opened the scoring in the third minute of the game when he spun away from the Celta defenders and rifled a shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.

After some more fine footwork from Mitrovic, the Serbian found Kamara on the right and the forward pulled the trigger on the edge of the box, nestling his shot in the bottom left-hand corner of the goal in the 16th minute.

Mitrovic was once again at the heart of the action when Cairney’s eye of the needle pass almost reached his outstretched foot but the ball just eluded the big Serbian.

Six minutes later it was Mitrovic using his size and strength in the opposite box to bully his way to getting a low powerful effort off, it fell the wrong side of the back-post.’

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  • Mrkgw

    Many know my thoughts on the Mitro fiasco and I won’t repeat these in detail. I do stand by the belief that his sale was a collosal mistake and one of few by Benitez.

  • Martin Rooney

    Fulham last game of the season,

    • BanJones

      So what? I think we’ll be safe by the last game, Rafa knows football.

      • HarryHype59

        He does, but he is doing job with both hands tied behind his back. I hope there are actually three sides, worse than NUFC.

        • Ken

          that`s 2 trolls chatting to each other mate

          • BanJones

            Heh heh heh read again bud.

        • BanJones

          Don’t get me wrong, we are set up to only just survive – that’s what fatty wants and Rafa is probably as good a manager to achieve it as there is in the game. His team is the most organised we have had since I started watching in 1968. I share your hope.

  • Paul Patterson

    Pointless selling him if the money comes in on a drip feed basis. We need to stop helping our rivals while hamstringing ourselves. .

    • Mrkgw

      Too true.

    • HarryHype59

      It isn’t an issue if we can buy using the same method. Allegedly this would reduce the price of the club for the fat miser as buyers would want the outstanding balances reduced from any sale price.

      Ashley’s policy regarding selling on instalments and buying upfront is a way to increase the money he can get when, or if he ever sells this club.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    SO F****** WHAT!!!!

    He’s left man he isn’t our player anymore, we’ll deal with this problem when it arises

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Rafa has let two good players go a massive mistake and he moans and moans when he has good players which he has sold.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        You lie about everything so your comments are invalid & also irrelevant I’m afraid my fat old pedigree chum

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Sell before you can buy.

  • Ken

    fast forward to May 12th next year, if we need 1 or 3 points to stay up will Mitrovich go out to score against us ?

  • Polarboy

    Will people still be as wistful when Mitro inevitably gets a stupid red card or two, or when he likely doesn’t score much more than 10, 12 league goals. I don’t think we’ve downgraded with Muto and most Likely Rondon coming in. Whether they’ll be a considerable improvement only time will tell. As I was saying on another comment we should really be after Perez off Arsenal given he can play as a number ten and a centre forward, and he’s going cheap at 5 million or so. Although I suspect he’s on massive wages at Arsenal and won’t shift unless he’s offered something similar.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      you should look at his record at Fulham instead of making spurious remarks about him.

      • Polarboy

        His record in the championship you mean. You know the same league that Gayle was banging them in. And if you’re referring to his disciplinary record I recall he was lucky not to be sent off at least once for them, even though he was meeting little to no serious opposition to scoring and winning with Fulham. I’m ready to eat my words if he has a great trouble free season with Fulham, but I don’t see it happening.

        • Milburn_Taylor

          his record was 1 yellow card & that`s not bad for a striker
          you`re as bad as the Chronicle that painted the guy as some sort of lunatic

          • Billmag

            He is a lunatic he nearly decapitated Gayle after he scored the lad could hardly breathe.

          • Polarboy

            He had three yellows in 12 and I clearly recall that he should have been sent off at least once. I’m not saying he’s a lunatic but you’d be naive to trust him to keep his head.

    • HarryHype59

      Perez would be a good call. If Fat lad can get him on loan and Arsenal pay half his wages he may arrive at SJP.

      • Ken

        he scored 6 goals last season

        • Polarboy

          He only started 9 out of his 21 appearances and it was 7 not 6. He’s definitely worth the 5 million quid that’s been quoted.

          • HarryHype59

            Agreed, but fatty will “baulk” at his wage demands.

        • HarryHype59

          He is an upgrade on the Hoss and will score more if he plays regularly. At £5m he is in the Fatmans price range, although his wages would be an issue.

  • Damon Horner

    We are in for an even longer season if we are going to get article after article comparing Mitrovic and Joselu.

  • SH.ER

    Premier League goals at the end of the season
    Rondon : 7
    Mitrovic : 18
    You heard it here first.

    • Paul Patterson

      The big difference is Fulham spend money and back their manager, we don’t.

    • Jimblag23

      I can’t see Mitro banging 18 PL goals to be honest and I’m a fan of his.
      Maybe more like 11.

      • SH.ER

        9 goals in his first full Premier League season with a poor Newcastle side, I think he will double that now that he is playing with stable team & players who appreciate him & will give him all the chances & penalties

        • Jimblag23

          Maybe? We’ll see.
          There will be daily updates on the Mag so we’ll certainly not miss any of his goals.

    • Damon Horner

      Quite a claim. Only 4 players scored more than that last season.

      • SH.ER

        9 goals in his first full Premier League season with a poor Newcastle side, I think he will double that now that he is playing with stable team & players who appreciate him & will give him all the chances & penalties ….

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Could never see what Mitro contributed, but that’s irrelevant. He would have been sold anyway through Ashley’s sheer greed.

  • Brian Standen

    Pointless. Why check out Fulham?

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      The fans should stop blaming Ashley as in Mitro and Mbemba had two class players. Rafa wanted rid of them so his choice not a great choice in my opinion.

      • BanJones

        Your opinion versus multiple trophy winning professional’s opinion? Hang on a minute………

        • Jimmy Grant

          Cos he hasn’t got a clue about football or NUFC for that matter.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Should have kept Mbemba as will struggle to get a player as good as him in.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            We could get an empty box and it’ll have contributed more than what Mbemba & Mitro have

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Had to sell to buy though didn’t he? No money in the pot.
        Cloth cut accordingly, good bid for a player comes in he gets sold.
        It’s the Ashley way, we MUST live within our means.

  • East Durham Mag

    He’s a Fulham player now, Rafa wouldn’t play him just accept it ffs and stop writing about him please.

    • Ken

      they won`t stop, every time he scores there will be an article and you`re right Rafa wouldn`t play him, he`s best out of it

      • East Durham Mag

        Good luck to the lad Ken he is an honest old fashioned #9 and with a different manager who knows? It just wasn’t to be.

  • Toon

    He’s a Fulham player, get over it. How pointless are words anyway, anti Ashley and very vocal about it but going to preseason friendly, lowest type of supporter

  • Awaymag

    Every time an artical comes out about Mitro it’s going to be like trying to comfort a mate who dumped a lass and is regretting it and keeps bringing up how well or bad they are doing without them.

    cheer up mate he has gone now and you will find somebody new one day.. move on with your life and just remember the good times..

  • Nut

    Just because Joselu has been playing in pre season doesn’t necessarily mean he is in Rafa’s plans.

    Frequently Rafa plays players through pre season to see if they can perform and then decide who he will later loan out/sell and lose…..

    Rafa also frequently plays a weaker side later on in pre season to focus the attention onto the deficiencies within the squad especially if he has not been backed in order to try and perhaps persuade the powers that be to spend.

    This may be the case ultimately with Joselu.

    • Clarko

      Joselu is in his plans, most likely as a third choice but he is there.

      ‘Frequently Rafa plays players through pre season to see if they can perform and then decide who he will later loan out/sell and lose…..

      How many minutes did Mitrovic, Lazaar, Saivet, Gayle, Armstrong, Mbemba and Colback get in pre-season?

      ‘Rafa also frequently plays a weaker side later on in pre season to focus the attention onto the deficiencies within the squad especially if he has not been backed in order to try and perhaps persuade the powers that be to spend.’

      Injuries aside he played the strongest side possible against Ausburg, as he did against Hellas Verona last season (Lascelles on bench) and Vitesse (Shelvey on bench) the season before that.

      ‘This may be the case ultimately with Joselu.’

      No.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Carthorse…nobody will give two hoots about mitro on one condition. The £25m + is invested in another striker, a king, origi, ings, carrol, abraham, kodija, griffiths, welbeck, whatever,
    One thing all fans agree on is joselu is not the answer for sunderland never mind newcastle. No way would i let gayle go to WBA either, only natural striker we have who loves it up here and were shipping him out…

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Spot on kidda

    • Foggy

      I hope Rafa has a better list than that. Ings maybe, the rest you can keep. Then again, Rafa paid 10 mill for Murphy, useless bulls knacker that he is and sold Armstrong who may well have done more as an impact sub in the last 15 minutes but has never been given a chance. You have to scratch you head at times as some faces just clearly don’t fit regardless of ability or potential.

  • Billmag

    Well it hasn’t taken long for the first Mitro article has it, suppose we will have to up with this rubbish for the next 3 year’s aka HBA.

    • Polarboy

      Ha, couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Andynufc

    I’ve actually made a tenna bet with a mate that Mitro will score 10-15 goals for Fulham this season. He’s only 23 and he seem to be improving. People can talk and his discipline but you could say that about Shelvey. I think Mitro will do well there. Meanwhile I have to sit through a season watching Joselu pretend to be a striker!

  • GlasgowMag

    FFS give it a rest he’s not our player any more!!!

  • BanJones

    Might aswell do an article about Wyn Davies – same relevance.

  • Don’t judge any team based on Friendlies. Fulham bought a few decent players, but remains to be seen if they can go the distance. Mitro was poor during the WC and he is alone to blame for Serbia not going through, as he missed all the chances they created.

  • Mxpx

    Rafa doesn’t fancy mitrovic fair enough I wish this move was a season long loan though so when rafa isn’t our manager anymore next season then we can utilise him

    • GlasgowMag

      Mabye Rafa thought he was going to get the transfer fee to spend on another striker. This is what happens at a normal football club but then again our football club is just an advertising bill board for SD the football side is irrelevant!!! Ashley out!!!

      • Ken

        Ashley can turn £22m into 22 pennies in the blink of an eye

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        No, when we sell a player the fee is paid back like a provvy loan.
        You couldn’t possibly spend it before you get it,even though it’s guaranteed money, that wouldn’t be fiscally prudent.
        Isn’t supporting the toon exciting these days!

        • GlasgowMag

          More chance of it being like a wonga loan knowing the fatboy and his use of his business contacts!!😂😂😭😭

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    No one to blame but Rafa for this one not Ashley Mbemba to so have a real go at Rafa as his fault.

    • paul mclaughlan

      One too many at the monky arms?

    • Down Under Mag

      His call…if he doesn’t think he suits his tactics then that is fine. Unlike other managers who try round pegs in square holes I think it makes a lot of sense to get rid of a player who doesn’t suit the play style and get someone in who does…the difference is Rafa hasn’t had the money made available to get the player he really wanted so could come off looking foolish – that IS on Ashley.

    • TheFatController

      What, a striker scored a goal in pre-season? Yes, let’s look to blame someone on the back of that.

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    I’ve got no issue with selling Mitrovic at all, i like him but he’s just not to Rafa’s liking fair enough i say. We won’t miss him cause he never played.

    • Down Under Mag

      The biggest problem is we’ve sold him because he doesn’t fit in with Rafa’s tactics/style which I fully respect and agree with, however that may well be a different kettle of fish come the end of the season and Rafa walks and the new manager does want him…Can’t help but feel a loan deal would have been good, unless he flopped in the top flight again and loses value – Ashley will always gamble with the clubs future but is more than happy to get his money in the here and now!

  • Paul Patterson

    Meanwhile, Burnley are buying a lad from the smoggies for £15m. #Wheresthemoneygone

    • Ben Jones

      So late in the window, seems like a lack of forward planning by Burnley

      • JohnCornwell’sHair

        Or a statement of ambition

        • Ben Jones

          Quite, it was a joke between friends

        • Paul Patterson

          Ignore him he says things for effect. And I’m not his friend..

          • Ben Jones

            What ya like!

            You popping in the butcher’s arms later? Phillys bringing his guitar again and dominoes starts at 8 don’t forget not 9!

          • Ken

            block the clown

        • Ken

          jones is a troll

        • Leazes.

          Block it… little chevron button on top right of post

    • Ken

      Ben Gibson good defender, a bargain at that price

      • Paul Patterson

        We would bid £6m and that would be it. .

  • Mrkgw

    Reportedly in for Ings which would make good sense.

    • Paul Patterson

      Another bloody loan deal..

      • Mrkgw

        Option to buy apparently. I’m no fan of loans but, given his injury record it might just be a good move. Need to get him in to the club first of course…..

        • Paul Patterson

          I’m more concerned that will mean our loan quota will be full. No scope to bring in an emergency loan in January if we’re struggling ..

          • Mrkgw

            Very true unless, they make the signing permanent then (January). Things are a mess but if Ings were to come into the squad along with Rondon then it would at least improve our chances.

          • Clarko

            No it’s not ‘very true’, it’s f*****g stupid.

          • 5floorshigh

            any chance of a football comment/opinion or is your sole purpose to insult people ?

          • Clarko

            Oh I did give explain my reasoning as to why both @disqus_k8Dgc4WYne:disqus and @mrkgw:disqus are morons.

            Let me ask you a question, hypothetically would you bring in Danny Ings now, on loan with a option to buy, or would you choose to wait until January to see if we are struggling so we can use that loan on someone else?

          • Billmag

            Doesn’t matter what your reasons are to insult someone is lowering the tone, you of all people should be aware of that.

          • Clarko

            No, the reasoning absolutley does matter, my reasoning justifies me calling them morons, dummy.

          • Mrkgw

            Very spiteful comments Clarko and unjustified. I have never aimed like minded comments in your direction irrespective of whether or not I have agreed with you.

          • Clarko

            No, not unjustified, you failed to challenge a comment that stated Newcastle would be better off not improving the squad and instead struggle for five months until January where we can then improve it. That comment coming for the same moron that has been accusing Ashley of money grabbing for the past week…

            Look, answer me this, do you think @disqus_k8Dgc4WYne:disqus’s comment is idiotic?

          • Paul Patterson

            Just sign the player and leave the loan option for January if we’re struggling. Be rude if you like. You’re clearly mental.

          • Clarko

            Yeah sign the player and then NOT USE THE LOAN! It’s a weaker team dummy.

          • Mrkgw

            No, I dont think his conment to be idiotic. But, if you interpret my response to it, I stated that we could loan now, purchase him in January inferring that he stays fit then we make the transfer permanent. No need to have been so rude and offensive in explaining your point. Not everyones views will be in keeping with your own.

          • Damon Horner

            I might be wrong but are we allowed more than two loans? If Robson and Kenedy are loans In not even sure we can register Ings.

          • Clarko

            ‘No, I dont think his conment to be idiotic.’

            Then you’re an idiot.

          • Mrkgw

            Blocked then. Malevolent piece of worrk.

          • Clarko

            Oh no, you blocked me? I’m so upset, I don’t know how I am going to be able to cope with this news…

            Idiot.

          • Billmag

            Ha ha class response from the regular forum dunce.

          • Clarko

            Hey look at that, a completely irrelevant, nonsensical reply. I wonder why…

          • Billmag

            Think of a different reply dummy you’re getting really boring, what’s the matter diddum’s nobody to enlighten your day.

          • Clarko

            You’re the one who dictates what my reply will be, whenever I challenge a comment you make you change the subject and just start throwing “insults” around because you’re incapable of doing anything else, but if that’s how you like to spend your day, scouring this place just to find one of my comments so that you can respond to it with insults go right ahead 👍🏿

          • Billmag

            You started the abuse dummy you jumped in when it had sweet FA to do with you, so just get lost you are less than a nobody to me.

          • Clarko

            ‘you jumped in when it had sweet FA to do with you’

            That’s funny, I thought you replied to me, meaning you would be the one who ‘jumped in’, let me check… Yeah, you’re the one who replied to me, jumping in when it had ‘sweet FA to do with you’. Hypocrite.

            ‘so just get lost you are less than a nobody to me’

            Says the person that follows me around the website, replying to my posts…

          • Billmag

            Yeah yeah yeah whatever nugget.

          • Clarko

            No counter? No contribution? Shocker.

          • Mrkgw

            Thanks Bill. Appreciate this.

          • mentalman

            Unfortunately insults are now par for the course on this forum, there’s very little debate any more just insults and accusations of being trolls

          • Paul Patterson

            No. I’d buy the bloody player . .

          • Clarko

            And then not use the loan because you’re a moron who believes it is logical to play half the season with a weaker team.

          • Mrkgw

            Many thanks 5floorshigh.

          • Clarko

            Yeah because that makes sense…

            “Let’s wait until we are struggling before we bring in another player, the weaker the squad the better I always say”

            Complete moron.

          • Ken

            the struggle starts from day 1, dummy 🤡

          • GlasgowMag

            I thought you fellow Chuckle brothers would be in mourning today no loyalty or respect to one of your leaders shocking!!!

      • Inury prone players are a big risk on permanent. Those I would take on loan. Still think we needed real competition for Diame as Hayden is beyond poor and looks to badly lack any scoring or assissting ability.

  • Ba ba.

    Mitro must be worth 1000 million the way the mag gans on…. 👍
    He’s gone let it go and I was a fan.

  • Desree

    Ashley is haunting us.

  • JohnnyNUFC

    Apparently we’re selling Monty magpie and loaning in Mr. Magpie from Notts County, he’s very similar just a bit poorer quality

  • fistsofsteel2

    Annoying article – some of us were telling you lot all this all last season only to be criticised and harangued by the ignoramuses on here.
    Never mind though…….Joselu was Rafa’s first choice striker at the start of last season, and Rafa still has his main man – Joselu. If Rafa clearly thinks Joselu is a better option/player than Mitro, and Mitro has sold for £22million, I wonder how much we’d get for Joselu……..he’s obviously worth more in Rafa’s eyes.