Having brought in Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto during the summer transfer window, Rafael Benitez now has quite a few options to choose from when selecting his Newcastle No.9.
On top of his new summer signings, Benitez also has Ayoze Perez and Joselu as personnel who can lead the line for the team.
However, one name who the Spanish coach no longer has at disposal is Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serbian striker joined Fulham towards the end of July following a successful loan spell with the west London club, and Benitez has since come out to defend his decision to let the forward go.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Benitez said: “He [Mitrovic] is doing well, he did well for Serbia, but Rondon was doing well for Venezuela. Each player has his own environment and they can do well in one team and maybe not as well in the other one.”
Benitez certainly raises a fair point. However, given Mitrovic’s start to the season, it is only normal that some are questioning whether the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss made the correct call in axing the Serbia international from his squad.
£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Mitrovic has already scored an impressive four goals in four Premier League games, and his characteristics are very similar to that of Rondon, who probably only has the edge when it comes to speed.
All in all, assessing Newcastle’s entire crop of current strikers, Benitez most certainly has a decent pool to choose from.
But, in this moment of time, Mitrovic looks better than the lot, and Newcastle’s decision to sell him could be one they later regret.