In Focus: Mitrovic admits he is frustrated at Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that he is frustrated with his lack of action at Newcastle United in the opening months of the 2017-18 campaign.

What’s the story?

Newcastle have struggled for goals this season, with Joselu and Dwight Gayle managing just three Premier League goals between them.

Mitrovic has actually scored twice in four appearances for the Magpies during the 2017-18 campaign, but he has only played 49 minutes of Premier League football.

It appears that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez does not trust the 23-year-old, which has led to a host of speculation surrounding the forward’s future.

Chronicle Live have quoted Mitrovic as saying that his patience ‘is almost to the end’, and whilst he wants to remain at the Premier League club, a lack of first-team action could force his hand in the January transfer window.

Since last June, Mitrovic has managed nine goals in 13 appearances for Serbia, but he cannot buy a Premier League start for his club.

How many clubs are interested?

Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton have both been credited with an interest in the striker, whilst a host of Championship clubs are said to be in the hunt.

Mitrovic’s agent has also reportedly been contacted by a number of Chinese Super League clubs, who would be prepared to pay him a healthy salary to move to China.

One thing is for sure, there would not be a shortage of interest in the striker if Newcastle made him available for purchase at the start of 2018.

Mitrovic, who is valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, actually scored nine Premier League goals during the 2015-16 season, but he netted just four times in the Championship last term, and has a difficult relationship with head coach Benitez.

The striker has now revealed his frustration at Newcastle, and it seems likely that he will seek pastures new in the winter window.