Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer a third Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with champions Manchester City having managed just one point from their opening three league matches, drawing 0-0 at Cardiff City alongside home defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Chelsea. And the Magpies were unable to record their first win of the season on Saturday as well despite a spirited display at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker either side of a DeAndre Yedlin equaliser sealing all three points for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Newcastle fans up and down the country in recent times, with much of that frustration stemming from the club’s testing summer transfer window, which saw owner Mike Ashley fail to adequately back manager Benitez.
Yet they did make a £9 million profit on striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and with his club career seemingly resurrected by making a reported £22 million move to Fulham, Newcastle’s summer deal was exactly what the 23-year-old needed.
The Serbia international made the move to St James’ Park back in 2015 for a reported £13 million, and while he showed glimpses of promise in netting 17 times for the Magpies in 72 appearances, he was never really fancied by current boss Benitez to do a job upfront in his team.
The 23-year-old only managed 25 appearances during their title-winning campaign in the Championship to underline Benitez’s reservations about him, which were made even clearer the season after given Mitrovic earned just six Premier League appearances before being shipped out on loan to Fulham in January of this year.
And he began reigniting his career at Craven Cottage in the second half of last season in scoring 12 goals in just 17 Championship appearances for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, thus helping the reach the play-offs from which they earned promotion by beating Aston Villa at Wembley.
And the Cottagers splashed out £22 million to bring him to the capital permanently during the summer, from which both he and indeed Fulham have reaped the rewards given the Serbian star has already scored four times in just four league games, meaning he has netted just one goal fewer for Fulham than he managed throughout his time at Newcastle.
Magpies fans will likely be bemoaning their side’s inability to get the very best out of the striker, but in making a £9 million profit on the 23-year-old, they maybe can’t grumble too greatly.
And from the point of view of the forward himself, moving to Fulham has undoubtedly resurrected his career, thus underling that Newcastle’s summer deal was exactly what he needed.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!