In Focus: Newcastle United need to find Mitrovic replacement before selling

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is still open to selling Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to the Chronicle.

What’s the word?

The Serbian was linked with a move away in the summer transfer window, but no deals were agreed.

Aside from a three-match ban, the forward has failed to earn a starting spot in the Premier League, despite being 10 games into the season.

The Chronicle claims that Benitez has concerns over Mitrovic’s discipline and does not believe that he can thrive in a 4-2-3-1 system.

The publication suggests that the manager will be open to offloading the 23-year-old if an offer presents itself in January.

Is this the right call?

Mitrovic, who signed for the Magpies from Anderlecht in 2015, has scored 10 goals in 36 Premier League appearances.

The forward may not have set the world alight, but the statistics are not too dreary.

From the player’s perspective, though, he faces an uphill battle getting into the team given that Joselu has become first choice, with Dwight Gayle just behind him in the list.

Mitrovic has only made three outings in all competitions this season, so it may be best for him to look elsewhere.

From Newcastle’s point of view, they need to make sure that a new player can be bought as a replacement before selling the Serbian.

Benitez does not want to find himself in a position where he is short of options up front, particularly if they fall into a relegation battle.

 


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