On Monday night, Aleksandar Mitrovic has helped ensure that Newcastle United will face Bournemouth on Saturday, as a club that is not in the relegation zone.

It seems an awful long time ago now since Fulham had four points from their opening four fixtures, with four Aleksandar Mitrovic goals a key component of that decent start to Premier League life with the Cottagers.

The ‘experts’ were queuing up to question why Rafa Benitez had been daft enough to sell this excellent striker, as Newcastle struggled for goals and points.

Funnily enough, the next 10 weeks have seen the experts getting quieter and quieter, only one more goal in that time for Aleksandar Mitrovic and one additional point for Fulham.

As Newcastle fans know, whatever they thought of Mitro as a player, the really stupid thing wasn’t selling the Serbian, it was that Mike Ashley agreed a £22m (rising to £27m) transfer fee for Mitrovic BUT only allowed Rafa Benitez the £2m loan signing of Salomon Rondon as a replacement.

Monday night saw Fulham travel to Huddersfield, the bottom two clubs facing each other.

A Fosu-Mensah 29th minute own goal decided the contest, with Mitro’s main contribution being a yellow card and being caught out in an offside position which ruled out an equaliser when Schurrle did finally get the ball in the net in the second half.

The result means that Fulham drop to rock bottom and Huddersfield join Newcastle on six points but with a worse goal difference.

The Premier League table after Monday night’s Huddersfield 1 Fulham 0 match:

aleksandar mitrovic

I don’t wish any bad luck towards Aleksandar Mitrovic but tonight just reminded me of exactly why many of us weren’t upset when he left in the summer, as described above, the only upset being that Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals this summer rather than properly backing the manager in any kind of reasonable way.

Against Huddersfield, Mitro looked really slow and lacked mobility, meaning he was easy to mark for the home defence and helped stifle any attacking intent that Fulham did have.

This weekend has simply confirmed that there are at least three teams that are as bad as, if not worse than, Newcastle United. This group of clubs includes Fulham despite £100m+ spending in the summer.

The challenge now is for Rafa Benitez to help this Newcastle team be better than the sum of their parts and ensure we remain above at least three of our fellow strugglers.

 



  • Down Under Mag

    I wouldn’t get carried away with this sort of thing – we still have to play Fulham twice and those are no doubt the games he will bang in a hattrick or something!

  • Steven05

    We don’t know if they are 3 worse teams than us at all! We might know if they are or not in May, but not November

    And if there is – excellent, what a mighty club we will be

  • Leazes.

    Quite a strong correlation between the Squad Value Chart and the League table.

    • Icky (Heaton)

      So very true!

      It’s so incredibly disheartening that for, how many seasons seasons now? We’ve been battling for 4th bottom :-(

      What a plight 😭

  • killymag

    The lad never never moaned when he didnt get a game, he just got on with it .Then you get wan#ers coming on here writing articles slagging him off it is a disgrace. It just shows the mentality of them and how low they will stoop to hope his failure will save us .

    • Ram Kishore

      Mag is a very confusing place killy. When he scores a goal, they keep posting about his Fulham games despite him leaving permanently. Making a mention of him last season while he was on loan was fine.

      They also have the habit of posting like this.
      I wasn’t happy with McLaren’s managerial tenure but I wouldn’t gloat him if he has tough time elsewhere. If u remember right when he had a rough start losing 4 games for Qpr, there was like 2 to 3 articles posted here gloating at him. Now Qpr are doing well. They may go on a bad run and I expect Mag back to that act again

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        FWIW (which is admittedly not much), if we reorganized our games from the first half of last year into the same order as we play the opponents this year (and replace Stoke who ended 19th with Cardiff who came in 2nd in the Championship), NUFC would have 7 points with a -12 GD. There were W’s against Stoke and CP, a tie with Southampton and loses against all the others.

        This season looks terrible but in truth is not yet statistically different from a year ago.

      • DeadToiler

        Yeah let’s move on eh? He no longer plays for us.

    • Wor Lass

      Well said.

  • Down Under Mag

    Probably also worth noting to all those who have complained about Rafa’s negative tactics – we are currently out of the bottom 3 on goal difference, a massive advantage that is probably worth another point at this stage and is completely down to these so called negative tactics. If we had been “having a go” like some want we would be looking at a much worse goal difference because thanks to Ashley we simply do NOT have the quality to play that way.

    • MadMag83

      Try explaining that to the idiots.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    Fulhum on pace to somehow manage to concede 102 goals with a -63 goal difference. Absolutely brutal at the back.

  • 1957

    Both Benitez and Mitrovic agreed he wasn’t suited to the manager’s style of play, so a parting of the ways was inevitable. The issue for many is we haven’t bought an up grade on Mitrovic and for all his faults, and Fulham’s shortcomings, he still has more goals than our 4 ‘forwards’ put together.
    Ashley’s frugality means we are always going to struggle for goals and that may be more important than clean sheets over a season.

    A defeat for us and a win for Fulham puts them 2 points above us, the’re not worse just one of a group of 5 or 6 clubs including NUFC who are in a battle to stay up.

    • Themoscow72

      The way Rafa plays any centre forward is going to be isolated and up against it. Perez will be our top scorer with ten this season to keep us up.
      Saw Russ at Basingstoke on the way to Southampton on a packed train where you could not move. He said it was twenty five years on Wednesday since he missed a domestic game and all because he got Sky fitted that day or would have been over thirty years. Let me know what game you want to go to and will sort a couple of tickets out.

      • 1957

        I’d even go as far as to say that given a similar number of games Perez will score more than Rondon,, Muto and the Hoss put together.

  • Kenny

    My money is on the bottom 3 going down & King Rat will not have to spend a penny in January and that`s also the time to offload at least 4 of our squad,
    Diame, Hoss, Perez, Atsu for starters & Murphy looks like a lost cause, another £10m down the toilet.
    sell before you buy, club policy.

    • Billmag

      Can’t disagree with that but I would send Murphy out on loan, would anyone buy the others mmm.

  • Tweed Mag

    Mitrovic plays for Fulham. The end.
    More interesting is which manager is going to get the sack first – Southampton’s or Fulham’s. It may have more of a bearing on team performances than anything else. The usual names are popping up – Moyes and Allardyce. Hard to believe there are no better options than those two.

    • Icky (Heaton)

      Aye, the so called new manager bounce could be bad for us ><

    • Dillon Tovak

      Well Hughes will get the Fulham job, so no worries there and then as you say the other usual suspects in the frame for Soton.

  • GToon

    People are forgetting we haven’t played Fulham yet. Add at least four points onto their current total and how does it look?

  • t00nraider

    Hopefully he starts getting sent off and costs them points like he did with us.

    • Wor Lass

      That comment just sums up what a t00l rider you are.

  • Wor Lass

    I watched the game last night, unfortunately, and a few things struck me. First of all, Fulham are a shadow of the team they looked during the last two seasons. They just have no confidence and their defence is a shambles (that said, i would snap their hand off for Sessignon). I don`t think the manager has long left to change things around. Secondly, we`re better than both of those teams – I think they`re ultimately doomed. Thirdly, Mitro worked his socks off up front but nothing quite fell to him. I think this was partly just bad luck on the night but also due to lack of pace and/or conditioning. He looks heavy and was caught off-side too often when he should have got himself back. Him and Schurrle don`t seem to have any understanding between them. If the manager goes then Mitro could find himself warming the bench.

    • Billmag

      I agree with you as regards Mitro he looked unfit to me, either that or something you wouldn’t accuse him of is he loosing heart.

      • mentalman

        I’ve watched a few of their games recently and mitro seems to be the only one who is trying, a lot of them seem to have realised they are going to struggle in this league and their heads have dropped. Add to that the fact that the players they spent big money on look rubbish.

        Their manager has a big job on his hands keeping them up, he’s meant to be a great tactician but I’m not sure if he is a motivator like houghton and wagner who have managed to get poor players to up their game and perform.

        Back to mitro, i don’t think he has the conditioning or ever will to run the around for a whole game, he always looks tanked after 50mins. This is one of the reasons he wasn’t suited to rafas style of play. With time he is will learn which balls to chase and when to conserve energy

        • Wor Lass

          Agreed – every time they got the ball you could see him trying to make good runs but it hardly ever came to him. I wonder if part of it is players deciding he isn`t quick enough to get there? The big thing is that he doesn`t seem to have a partner – him and Schurrle just do their own thing, really.

        • Billmag

          Just for a change I agree with your analysis.

  • Cushty lad

    I feel for mitro. Always liked him. I ain’t one of the so many experts on here who constantly slag off a player not performing. As long as they try I’m happy. Saying that Mitro not being on fire has saved us from the bottom 3

  • Cockneytrev

    I really wanted him to be a success for us,, but it wasn’t to be,,
    I don’t wish him any malice,
    can we now move on sick of reading about ex players,, especially, Nile Ranger..

  • MadMag83

    It’s early days. I don’t agree that there are three worse teams than us. We are really awful, Watford should have won comfortably on Saturday. It’s looking like there are about 5 or 6 teams that are going to be in the relegation battle, fatty needs to loosen the purse strings in January to help make the difference.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Fulham are gonna be up 💩 creek if they get relegated and end up having to fork out £27m for Mitro.
    For me Mitrovic and Rondon are equal in terms of ability, Mitro shading it because he has a decent injury record and is younger.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Mitrovich sale was business of the highest order, there is no way is that lad worth £27m, absolute carthorse, the sale ranks alongside Carroll and Sissoko as the best in recent times and history will prove it. Obviously the bug bear is the money not being invested in a replacement. January targets for me would be Drinkwater and Josh King…pigs might fly too.

  • Pelican

    Wow, Mitrovic hasn’t scored for a few games. Hold the press. *Tries to forget about his goal tally over about the last year*