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.