Newcastle fans have been discussing a possible swap deal with Crystal Palace to acquire Christian Benteke, but they’re completely against the idea.
Crystal Palace have become the latest club linked with a move for Aleksandar Mitrovic after Roy Hodgson spoke of his admiration for the feisty striker.
Speaking on Fulham’s playoff semi-final win over Derby, the former England manager heaped praise on the Serbian striker, who is expected to leave Tyneside this summer.
“They have Mitrovic, who probably produced the best display of target play I have seen for a long while the other night,” Hodgson said.
“Using his body well to hold the ball up and either turn the defender, or bring others into the play – a bit like Alan Shearer really.”
High praise indeed from the Eagles’ boss, who could well pursue the 23 year-old as a replacement for the out of form Benteke.
Benteke has of course struggled since his major move to Liverpool, but the big Belgian scored 42 league goals across three seasons with a struggling Aston Villa side, and one Newcastle fan has proposed giving him a shot at redemption up north.
The responses have been overwhelmingly negative though, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions below…
Rather have Mitro.
— Mark Catherall (@markeebgoode) May 31, 2018
Mitro is better than Benteke and younger, no we don’t have a deal
— NewcastleUnitedNews (@TrueNufc) May 30, 2018
— Shane cooper (@Shanecoo92) May 30, 2018
I’d Rather have Mitro than Benteke
— Jay Charlton (@JayNufc87) May 30, 2018
Hard pass. CB isn’t the player he once was, Mitro could well surpass him
— This Dave (@ThisDave) May 31, 2018
Nope. Whatever Benteke had, it’s gone
— Martin ◼️◻️◼️◻️ (@MartinJS27) May 30, 2018
In that case I’m pleased you ain’t in charge of transfers
— Mark Chambers (@chatteo99) May 30, 2018
Benteke was terrible, I was hoping he played the full game against us and not subbed out
— J Cer (@depeche1313) May 30, 2018