Mitrovic’s Time to Shine?

Aleksandar Mitrovic is somewhat of a contrasting figure at Newcastle United. He has a strong following, who adore his passion for the game, they are adamant the striker will start putting in consistent performances given the chance. However the Serbian also has a lot of doubters, with some fans of the opinion that he just isn’t good enough to succeed on Tyneside.

No matter what the opinion is, it is of no doubt that Mitrovic possesses the ability to succeed, it is his consistency and discipline that comes in for questioning. With Dwight Gayle picking up another injury, Mitrovic is sure to see more minutes on the pitch. After Newcastle dropped down to the Championship last season, the majority of Newcastle fans expected Mitrovic to thrive this season. That has not been the case unfortunately, the Serbian missed the first four games of the season after picking up a red card on the final day of last season.

The Serbian has started just eight games this season, coming off the bench in a further twelve. Mitrovic has contributed four goals and three assists so far this season. It has been a tough campaign for the passionate Serb, he has had his injury problems too. Mitrovic looks set to fight it out with Daryl Murphy over the forward position, we will find out tomorrow whether the Serbian has done enough to earn a start.

The problem Mitrovic has now is, Daryl Murphy has impressed when he has been called upon. The Irishman has started five games in the league this season, scoring four times, he also netted in the FA Cup against Birmingham. It remains to be seen who will start up front against Leeds United tomorrow night, however it is clear Benitez prefers Murphy. One thing is clear, Mitrovic can certainly end a tough season on a high. If the Serbian can get a run of games and start scoring goals, he can also put himself in Benitez’s thinking for next season.

Newcastle could be celebrating promotion by the end of Easter if results go their way. if Benitez’s men can beat Leeds United tomorrow and Ipswich Town on Monday, they would need Huddersfield Town to lose one of their two games over Easter to have promotion secured. The club are almost there now, with three of their last five games at home – Newcastle have promotion in their hands, a position they would have wanted to be in.

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