Mitrovic return to Newcastle United would be strange if Benitez stays

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has not closed the door on welcoming back Aleksandar Mitrovic to the club, reports the Chronicle.

What’s the word?

The Serbian was offloaded in the January transfer window to Fulham on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Mitrovic dropped down the pecking order under Benitez, with Dwight Gayle and Joselu ahead of him.

In fact, the striker made just seven appearances in the first half of the season.

Since making the move to Craven Cottage, Mitrovic has impressed by scoring seven goals in eight appearances.

Understandably, attention has turned to whether or not the 23-year-old has a future at Newcastle.

According to the Chronicle, Benitez has discussed the possibility of Mitrovic returning to St James’ Park, and he has not ruled it out.

“There are two ways to analyse this. One is Mitrovic is scoring goals in the Championship. It’s good news for him and us. Two, he is playing before the World Cup and he is our player. We then have to discuss his future in May. In May we will see and if he is doing well, fine no problem.”

Is Mitrovic likely to be there next season?

The Serbian has certainly been performing at a better level for the Cottagers, but there is nothing to say that he will carry that form with him back to Newcastle.

The man himself has suggested that Fulham’s way of playing is better than how the Magpies performed in the Championship last season.

With that in mind, he may want to seek pastures new when the loan deal comes to an end.

If Benitez stays as manager then it seems unlikely that Mitrovic would be given much more playing time than what he received in the first half of this season.

It might be best for both parties to call it a day, and it could work out well financially for Newcastle as Mitrovic’s current form could boost his price tag.