Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are looking on anxiously as the clock ticks down, with only outgoings seemingly occurring at St James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez has entered one of the most pressurised situations he’s ever encountered in his illustrious managerial career, as Newcastle United’s Premier League future and the happiness of the fans become dependent on the decision-making of the Spaniard. And, if some of the team selections so far this season are anything to go by, then fans may end the transfer window filled with disappointment. As according to reports in the Chronicle Live, Belgian side Anderlecht have returned to Newcastle United with a bid to sign the out of favour Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Just as if the Magpies’ transfer window couldn’t get any more hectic with all the business still to be done, Anderlecht have made a late bid to bring former striker Aleksandar Mitrovic back to Belgium. But, with the Newcastle transfer saga for a potential striker seemingly getting no closer to a resolve, the Serbian is aware that he won’t be allowed to leave the club until that’s been sorted or his £15 million price-tag has been met. Indeed, after having a loan bid rejected for the striker earlier on in the transfer window, the purple and white’s are looking to secure him on a permanent deal.
Indeed, the difficulties in landing Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen has stumped any potential outgoing in the striking department, as the two clubs continue to go back and fourth for the 27-year-old. And, after missing out on Daniel Sturridge as things seemed to be going smoothly in securing the England international, the Magpies could now leave the window empty-handed.
However, Benitez has said that should Mitrovic stay at the club then he’ll receive the minutes in the first-team that have been evading him so far this season. But in a club that’s shown a lack of respect to the Serbian, it’s yet to be seen as to whether the 23-year-old will want to put on the black and white stripes once again should a move fail to be pushed through.
The Serbian is definitely deserved of a shot at becoming Newcastle’s first-choice striker, but after being treated with a lack of respect for his efforts so far it’s beginning to look as if he favours an exit. Although, for a player that has huge amounts of progression to be had in a side that’s struggling to find the back of the net, seeing the Serbian earn an extended amount of first-team minutes could reward Benitez with goals.
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