Aleksandar Mitrovic was always destined to still be a story for Newcastle United this season.
Sold in the summer for £22m (could rise to £27m), would the Serbian striker be Newcastle’s loss and Fulham’s gain?
With four goals in his first four Fulham PL matches, predictably the background music grew, though only one in the last four has quietened things down.
However, before Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat at Man Utd, NUFC were the lowest scorers in the Premier League with only four from the first seven games.
What I increasingly believe, is that Newcastle United’s fate is going to be inextricably linked with that of Aleksandar Mitrovic this season.
Both form so far and the look of the Premier League table backing up that view.
This is how the PL table looks after the games involving those at the bottom on Sunday, before Liverpool and Man City played out a 0-0 bore draw.
Before this season kicked off, I thought it was guaranteed that Huddersfield and Cardiff were guaranteed to go down….plus one other. I have seen nothing so far to make me change my mind.
Thankfully both Southampton (lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea) and Fulham (1-5 at home to Arsenal) were beaten today, ensuring Newcastle didn’t go into the international break with a five point gap to safety already.
However, it is ominous and Newcastle surely have to pick up points soon to steady the ship.
Looking at the next six games for Newcastle and both Southampton & Fulham makes interesting reading, these are the opposition for each club amongst their post-international break next half dozen game run:
Bournemouth (A), Newcastle (H), Watford (H), Fulham (A), Southampton (H)
Cardiff (A), Bournemouth (H), Huddersfield (A), Southampton (A)
Newcastle United –
Brighton (H), Southampton (A), Watford (H), Bournemouth (H), Burnley (H), West Ham (A)
I have a feeling that Southampton will be ok this season eventually and that, even at this very early stage, I believe our destiny will be entwined with Mitro.
Even the timings of our games against Mitrovic/Fulham look scripted.
Newcastle are due to play Fulham on the Saturday before Christmas (22 December) and this match at St James Park will surely be on Live TV.
Whilst on the very final day of the season (Sunday 12 May 2019), Newcastle travel to face Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham.
I hope I am wrong but I just don’t see many/any other teams getting involved in the relegation battle.
I think clearly Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield are going to have serious problems scoring goals, whilst Fulham are conceding goals for fun.
At a rate of almost three per game now, Fulham have leaked 21 in eight matches, after today’s 5-1 home defeat to Arsenal.
In this next run of six games for Newcastle United, I think we surely have to be looking for at least 10 points from a possible 18, which would still only give NUFC 12 points after 14 matches.
However, it is imperative you don’t get cut-off and face a serious gap just to catch up.
Kenedy and Muto scored excellent goals yesterday against Man Utd, here’s hoping that this isn’t a false dawn in terms of creativity and goalscoring.