Newcastle United fans have always had a soft spot for Aleksandar Mitrovic, but manager Rafael Benitez does not seem convinced that he is right for the team.
The 23-year-old has only made six appearances in all competitions and none of the outings include a Premier League start.
Mitrovic has featured in five top-flight games off the bench, but has played just 87 minutes of action.
On Tuesday night, the Serbian entered the field of play in the 73rd minute at The Hawthorns with the scoreline 2-1 in favour of the Baggies.
Rafael Benitez’s men conceded two goals on either side of half time, but Ciaran Clark managed to pull one back for the Magpies just before the hour mark.
In the end, Newcastle were gifted a point when Jonny Evans scored an own goal with seven minutes left on the clock.
Fans were once again disgruntled with Joselu’s display, but Mitrovic’s cameo, which included a disallowed goal, was praised.
How can anyone not see that we looked a far far better team with Mitrovic on the pitch! Rafa has to see that #nufc
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic comes on for 20 minutes and did more than Joselu
— KB ?? (@KieranBarker96) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic changed the game.
— DavidBarber (@davidbarber11) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic had a big say in the outcome of that match, which some won't like – but for me he's got to start against Everton & Leicester. #NUFC
— Daniel Hooley (@DanielH19) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic done more in 20 minutes than what joselu has done in the previous 4 games #nufc
— Lee Chapman (@LeeChapman18) November 28, 2017
We look a different side with Mitrovic and Aarons.. would like to see them start against Chelsea
— Joe Hubbard (@joehubbard07) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic done more in 15 minutes than Joselu done in 4 games. Him Shelvey and Aaron’s need to start Saturday
— Its Bryson (@Eric_Bryson_89) November 28, 2017
Mitrovic was superb after coming on so Was Shelvey ???
— Mahmud (@MahmudKullane) November 28, 2017