Aleksandar Mitrovic left Newcastle over the summer in a permanent move to Craven Cottage where he’s already made a superb start. The Serbian striker has got four goals in the opening four games and he’s been talking about how life in London is better than life in Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic: “They (#nufc) are having problems with the owner. Everybody knows about Mike Ashley. But I wish them all the success.
“In Fulham, I don’t have to disguise myself in public like in Newcastle. People don’t care about me, it’s better.” pic.twitter.com/AOlowyN5hw
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 6, 2018
The fans seem to think that Mitrovic is blaming his failure at the club on the ‘goldfish bowl’ atmosphere that gets created in the Northeast. Newcastle is a one-club city and everyone is mad about their football, meaning you can’t go anywhere without being recognised. However, the striker has claimed that in London people don’t care about him and that it’s better.
It’s easy to understand where he’s coming from with these comments and the supporters at St James Park can’t be too harsh on the striker for wanting to leave. At the end of the day, he simply didn’t fit the bill for what Rafa Benitez was looking for in his striker and when the Magpies got around £20 million for him it seemed like every party had got what they wanted.
You can see the Geordies’ thoughts on Mitrovic’s comments here:
I don't think he's having a dig at us, just fully acknowledging Fulham aren't as big as us/or a saturated fan base
— Nioman (@Nioman_) September 6, 2018
It's exactly that imo
— The_SportsFolks (@TSportsfolks) September 6, 2018
He may as well said he feels like he’s in a fish bowl. The old Jermaine janes line
— Bri (@Bri2889) 6 September 2018
Good fish bowl syndrome, gets to the best of them. Maybe fans should stop caring about the players
— Lloyd (@Lloydl26) 6 September 2018
Hmmm the old Goldfish bowl theme cropping up again.
— Burnsie NUFC (@BenArfaChance) 6 September 2018
That's because you play for Fulham, not Chelsea.
— Ali Al-Mufti (@TheNotoriousAAM) September 6, 2018
Rafas judgement on players have been awful
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) September 6, 2018
The fans aren’t best pleased with Mitrovic’s comments but then some of them can understand where he’s coming from with his comments about life in London.