Loads of Newcastle fans are bashing Aleksandar Mitrovic, after the towering striker appeared to blame Newcastle’s style of play for his failures on Tyneside.
Newcastle fans were split on Mitrovic when the summer transfer window opened. On one hand, the 23 year-old has the potential to be a truly great goalscorer, and his power and aerial ability seems to fit the exact profile of what Rafael Benitez wants up front.
However, the Serbian striker’s work rate, or lack thereof, and poor discipline led Rafa to opt for Salomon Rondon instead, and if there were any fans on Mitrovic’s side there certainly aren’t now.
“In England, this [at Fulham] is the first time that I really feel comfortable in the system and in the way we play,” the striker said.
“I think the manager and my team-mates, they all know my strengths and try to use them in the best way that they can. The result was that I scored a lot of goals and we won games.”
To say he never felt comfortable in Newcastle’s system does seem rather bizarre, as the reason he was not relied upon by Benitez was due to his failure to work for the system.
The striker grabbed a huge £22m fee for the Magpies, but fans aren’t impressed by his comments, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Aye, unfortunately we didn't attune our tactics to lazy, slow and reckless centre-forwards. #nufc
— Liddane (@liddane) August 16, 2018
Didn’t realise the whole team were supposed to mould themselves to him must be the new Messi
— Wendy Mann (@wm_mann) August 16, 2018
I personally thought Mitrovic had ample opportunity but he only showed himself to be a liability and a bang average striker. The FA cup defeat against Oxford made my mind up about him.
— Don (@NUFCDon) August 16, 2018
If Mitrovic had been a world beater, maybe Rafa would’ve been more inclined to adapt to suit him, sadly he wasn’t, so couldn’t expect Rafa to change for him,
Shame Mitrovic couldn’t adapt to suit Rafa’s style of play
— Tom Howarth (@Sirbobbyliveson) August 16, 2018
Maybe if he didn’t keep getting sent off and actually decided to play then you would still be here.
— Michael (@MichaelNUFC9) August 16, 2018
Mitro was no better than a lamp post, unless the ball hit his head he never had a chance of scoring.
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) August 16, 2018