Newcastle United will look to pick up a positive result following a run of four successive defeats when they face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night, and Magpies fans are hoping that fringe player Aleksandar Mitrovic will be handed a rare start.
Rafa Benitez’s men slipped to 14th in the Premier League standings following their disappointing 3-0 loss against Watford at St James’ Park on Saturday, and the Spaniard could look to make a number of changes for the visit to the west Midlands with first-choice centre-forward Joselu without a goal in his last six appearances.
Mitrovic has played just 70 minutes of top flight football this term, with Benitez seemingly not trusting the Serbian after he received a retrospective three-match ban for elbowing West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in August.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the 23-year-old via social media, and while one said “it’s time to give him a real chance”, another simply said “please start Mitrovic”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I agree giving mitrovic a chance ahead of joselu
— Chris McStea (@cmcstea1892) November 28, 2017
— Jack (@toonbaldes) November 28, 2017
My team for tonight:
Elliot; Yedlin, Mbemba, Lejeune, Gamez; Shelvey, Merino; Murphy, Ayoze, Aarons; Mitrovic.
Rafa's team (I reckon):
Elliot; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo; Hayden, Merino; Ritchie, Ayoze, Murphy; Gayle.
Or will Joselu start again?! #NUFC
— تيوتي (C) (@TheTioteRole) November 28, 2017
Team I’d start tonight: #NUFC
Yellin- Lejeune- Mbemba-Clark
— liam patterson (@Liampatterson69) November 28, 2017
— shreyansh saxena (@shreyansh0290) November 28, 2017
— ⚪️Girish Prabhu⚫️ (@girishNUFC4life) November 28, 2017
I have never been a Mitrovic fanboy. But it's time to give him a real chance. Start him vs. West Brom, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton, and Arsenal. 5 in a row, let him show what he can do. #NUFC
— The Exiled Geordies (@NUFC_Podcast) November 27, 2017
This game would be perfect for Mitrovic to prove himself and get the start that he needs but we’re probably going to see Joselu/Gayle again.
— Jack (@Jack_Rogers97) November 28, 2017
Aarons and mitrovic have to start tonight surely ?
— Steve Gregson (@GREGO_89) November 28, 2017