The Toon Army here in the Tavern are taking a look at who they want Benitez to dispose of in January, with a handful of additions required.
In world football, there’s always disputes and a clash in personalities when players and managers move from team-to-team. But it’s being understanding and providing the correct guidance that resolves underlying issues within the camp, something that Newcastle United have struggled to do.
The Toon Army currently lie in the relegation zone in a spot of bother with a return to the Championship looming. There’s a whole number of contributions to the mess they find themselves in, from a lack of Premier League quality, arguments within the camp and one of the greediest owners in world football.
But seeing the departure of one man in particular may just be the biggest mistake Rafa Benitez is yet to make. Aleksandr Mitrovic has bags of potential and the eagerness to learn, but during his time on Tyneside, a lack of opportunity has seen him stagnate within their ranks.
You can’t blame the business Rafa Benitez has completed earlier on in his managerial career with the likes of Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Dirk Kuyt all becoming Kop legends.
However, Mitrovic cost the Tyneside club a whopping £13 million which is a massive amount of money to invest in a player for a fringe Premier League side.
Nevertheless, with Benitez looking towards the January transfer window. Here’s a look at TWO reasons as to why selling Aleksandr Mitrovic may just be his biggest mistake.