Loads of Newcastle fans have been bashing Rafael Benitez’s big summer decision, after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored once again for Fulham.
Newcastle fans were divided when Benitez stuck to his guns and dumped Mitrovic this summer, and it’s starting to look like the wrong decision.
The controversial striker has now scored five goals in the league this season, while the entire Newcastle squad have only bagged four.
He was everywhere against Watford on Saturday, scoring one and hitting the bar late on.
Salomon Rondon was brought in to replace the Serbian international, and while the Venezuelan has looked promising so far, fans are bashing the swap.
Of course, Benitez may not have wanted Rondon, as there’s certainly a possibility his top targets to replace Mitrovic were out of Mike Ashley’s price range.
Still, it does seem rather bizarre to sell a natural goalscorer to another Premier League side when the Magpies are crying out for more goals.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, look away now Rafa…
Watching Mitro putting in the effort and scoring goals makes me question Rafa. You may not like Mitro but hes a good strong forward who scores goals when given the chance. Rafa prefers Joselu. Says it all really.
— Richie Stuart ℹ️ (@barpots) September 22, 2018
The fact we sold Mitro I still can’t comprehend… the dude is a premier league striker, the one thing we lack 🤦♂️ love Rafa but that was a stupid decision
— Matt Parkman (@Matthew_Parkman) September 22, 2018
Is that Mitro scoring again? It’s not all Ashley’s fault. Rafa missed a trick there like.
— Aidan Grundy (@AidanGSport) September 22, 2018
I said when Rafa sold Mitrovic that I thought it would come back to bite us.
Trust Rafa, but think he got this one wrong. Especially as Mitro is a perfect fit for our system.
— Nick Le Friec (@nicklefriec) September 22, 2018
Where’s the Mitro isn’t good enough brigade? He’s scored same amount of goals this season as our squad #NUFC and don’t give me the Rafa knows best on this one
— jonny ward (@wardy22589) September 22, 2018
Don’t care what anyone says about mitro. we’ve lost a CRACKIN striker. Rafa got it wrong about him #nufc
— Chris (@chris_nufc12) September 22, 2018
Rafa could have won the champions league ten times in a row but you’ll never convince me Rondon or Joselu are better centre forward than Mitrovic. Benitez should have adapted the team to fit Mitro.
— WhatsthestoryYOSHINORI (@MagicMuto) September 22, 2018
Just shows Rafa was wrong
— Fɪᴇʀᴄᴇ Bᴀꜱꜱ Bᴏᴏꜱᴛ (@FierceBassBoost) September 22, 2018
God I wish we’d kept him. I know he’s a bit of a hot head but I’d take the risk if I was Rafa!
— Nath Jones (@Nath_WJ) September 22, 2018
When we signed Mitrovic, I could tell this guy would be special (in one way or another) and week in/week out I was consistently frustrated to see his talent going to waste in a wholly unfavourable system of play for him. High balls = Mitrovic goals, Ritchie low balls = no chance.
— bdosin’s left ear (@fot_lockey) September 22, 2018