The eventual departure from Newcastle United of Aleksandar Mitrovic was never going to be the end of it.

Even if he had ended up in Turkey or  China, we would still have seen countless social media mentions whenever he scored a goal.

To go to another Premier League club though, ensured we were going to hear plenty about him, especially if things went pear-shaped (for Newcastle).

With four goals in four PL games for Fulham, the media were loving it.

The media experts/pundits couldn’t get enough of it, why on earth did Rafa let him go etc etc.

The last nine weeks though have seen silence descend, only one goal in the last nine weeks for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

It isn’t that I think he is rubbish, it is just I think the media coverage of Mitro and Newcastle United was/is rubbish.

Most strikers, unless they are exceptional, need decent service and Mitrovic is definitely a forward who needs service.

Fulham spent over £100m in the summer on Mitro and players to give him that service, as well as having the likes of Cairney and Sessegnon already at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle could overtake Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham on Saturday if results go the right way.

Of course I wouldn’t rather have Joselu or Perez than Mitrovic but reality is that Rafa Benitez didn’t want to play the Serbian and more importantly, with this Newcastle squad Mitro would have struggled to have had five shots by now, never mind five goals like he has got for Fulham so far.

The media pundits blow with the wind, Mitro scores a goal and it is a massive blunder by Rafa Benitez, he scores one in the last nine weeks and they conveniently ignore it.

The same with Dwight Gayle as well, to an extent.

He has scored eight goals so far for West Brom and media pundits are questioning why he was allowed to leave on loan (a condition of West Brom allowing Rondon to come the other way)…well we all know Gayle can score goals in the Championship but last season he only scored six goals in a full Premier League season.

The ironic thing is, if Newcastle/Rafa had stuck with Dwight Gayle, the media would be questioning why on earth NUFC had once again gone with somebody who had failed last season?

It isn’t Aleksandar Mitrovic, or Dwight Gayle, coming back to haunt NUFC/Rafa Benitez.

Instead it is a crippling lack of backing from Mike Ashley in his manager that has left Newcastle United hoping for a miracle.

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  • Ashley-out

    stroke of genius selling him for £22m, problem is the oaf put it in his back pocket.

    • AbusedCourier

      Well, he did need the money to buy some bikes.

      • Mr wobert

        Or a shop or two

  • GlasgowMag

    He’s coming back to haunt all of us the amount of articles published about him on this platform!!!

  • Billmag

    Oh dear me can we just move on from Mitro wether Rafa was right or wrong about selling him it makes little difference now he’s gone.

    • Down Under Mag

      Rafa was right to sell him, he didn’t fit in to his plans so why keep someone to sit on the bench (if that).

  • Alreet

    Excellent business for the money but only if you are then allowed to buy a 22mill striker…..erm not a chance.

    • Down Under Mag

      Exactly, was decent business but not when Rafa wasn’t allowed to spend the money on a replacement.

  • Mrkgw

    Everyone has an opinion on this and many on here know mine and, I stand by that. He probably wasn’t included in the side in manner that he should have been BUT, recent reports suggest that he wanted out – in Jenas goldfish style. And for that, he deserves no further mention. If he thinks that Fulham are a step up then he and his new found club can get on with it. Just a shame that the muppets running the club sold out to what have become relegation rivals.

    • Wor Lass

      It`s not the “selling out” that`s the pity, it`s the fact that Rafa wasn`t immediately given “every penny” of the proceeds to improve the team.

  • Rob Brown

    I thought this was a reasonable article – right up to the last bit where you somehow managed to turn an article about how bad Mitro and Gayle are into yet another booooorrriiiiing attack on Ashley.

    • Wor Lass

      That was the bit that made the article relevant.

  • Kenny

    you will always get these articles on Mitro & Gayle as long as we have a bunch of knackers on the books like the current strikers.

  • Peaky

    Right that’s Mitro out the road….you may as well get it over with and chuck us a Nile Ranger update…….and howay we haven’t seen the three headed monster from the Wear for a bit….you’re slipping Mag….

    • tom

      Bang on
      Its becoming tiresome (to be polite)
      Hands up if your sick of reading thisshite on here….

  • David2211

    Or it had ended until this unnecessary article.

  • Realist

    Get back in the kitchen Jane.

  • robbersdog

    Mitrović signed for Fulham for an initial fee of £22 million, potentially rising to £27 million. As far as I’m concerned, it was a very good deal for NUFC.

    The problem isn’t that we sold him, it’s that the money we received wasn’t spent on a £25m+ striker, which we desperately need.

    • Cockneytrev

      Totally agree,,,

    • HarryHype59

      We all know where that money will end up!

  • Yeah, Mitro could have scored against Brighton, but wouldn’t even had a chance against any of the other teams we played so far.

  • Blackburn1066

    We as Toon fans need to move on from this player, he is a nice bloke but ( HE DOE’S NOT PLAY FOR US )