Let’s face it – although close to £80 million was somehow spent on mostly ill-fated transfers down on Tyneside this season – the 2015/16 campaign has ultimately proven an utter disaster for Newcastle United and the loyal hordes of Magpies faithful.
Steve McClaren has already faced the boot for failing to deliver rather dramatically at St. James’, it remains to be seen whether or not Rafa Benitez has enough time to steady this distinctly sinking ship from the increasingly turbulent waters, and nearly every single player to wear the black & white of Newcastle of late has ultimately let the fans down in largely unforgivable circumstances.
But one man who has nonetheless stood up to be counted on almost every given occasion for the Magpies this term must ultimately arrive in the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 21-year-old Serbian international may not have set the Premier League alight in glowing circumstances, but in the excessively passionate and fiery centre-forward, the St. James’ faithful arguably find their greatest hope of avoiding relegation come the final culmination of the current season.
So then, can the former Anderlecht forward somehow end the 2015/16 campaign on triumphant terms for the dejected Tyneside supporters, or are Newcastle United simply destined to head back down towards the Championship when all is said and done this term?
Despite initially arriving among the English top-flight with the reputation as somewhat of a loose cannon down at St. James’, Aleksandar Mitrovic has admittedly kept his head for the most part this season, and has largely served to impress whilst operating within a clearly weakened side.
The entire Newcastle starting XI looks void of goal-scoring threat, Rafa Benitez’ current back-line arguably represents one of the worst defensive line-ups across the entire Premier League and whilst both players certainly began the 2015/16 campaign in somewhat promising style, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez have ultimately failed to perform at a consistent enough level.
Aleksandar Mitrovic, on the other hand, has undoubtedly given his all every time he’s stepped out on the pitch in front of the Tyneside faithful this term. His passion for goals has proven admirable throughout large portions of the current campaign, whilst his physical aggression clearly gives opposing defenders a strong run for their money even at the worst of times.
Had Steve McClaren previously shown more faith in the Serbian international as an out-in-out first team starter for Newcastle United this season, perhaps the deflated Magpies wouldn’t admittedly find themselves in such a sticky situation right now.
Should the often largely neglected Tyneside supporters nonetheless see their side painfully relegated upon the last game of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign however, Mitrovic would nonetheless have to be credited for at least wearing his heart on his sleeve and attempting to improve the increasingly forlorn fortunes of his current employers.
He would probably be sold off to a rival side operating within the top-flight of their own domestic sphere of course – for although the 21-year-old hot-shot has certainly given his all in-front of the Magpies fans in 2015/16 – his loyalty to Newcastle United arguably wouldn’t extend to the less than attractive realms of Championship football ahead of the new season.
But as Rafa Benitez’ side can still theoretically beat the drop despite their continued lacklustre form this term, Newcastle United can certainly be saved between now and the end of the season – and should such an admittedly unlikely outcome eventually take place in 2015/16 – Aleksandar Mitrovic simply has to be at the forefront of such a determined movement.
The young Serbian star must therefore start every upcoming match for Newcastle United this season, for without the passionate striker solidly involved among the first-team fold down at St. James’, Rafa Benitez’ Magpies stand no chance of survival whatsoever…