No Regrets over Sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Says Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has refuted rumours that he has regrets about letting Aleksandar Mitrovic joined Fulham in the summer. The Serbian excelled in his loan spell with Fulham last season and he subsequently made the switch to Craven Cottage for a fee of £27 million. He has been an instant hit with the cottagers and the new campaign has already seen him score 6 goals in just five games for Fulham and Serbia.

Incredibly, Mitrovic has been able to score four goals just in the Premier League and this is more than the tally managed by the entire Newcastle team at the start of the season. Take the opportunity to support your favourite team by betting with bet365. The Magpies have been struggling big-time for offensive quality and eyebrows were raised even last season when Mitrovic did not appear to be in the plans of Benitez. The Spaniard has had to work with very little backing from the club’s board, but he says that the decision to sell Mitrovic is not one that causes him regret.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Benitez said: “He 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. We have to make a decision in terms of what we needed and we knew what we needed, that’s it, now we have to move forward.”

There is no doubt that Mitrovic is a much better player than when he was at Newcastle. Back at St James’ Park, Mitrovic was only excelling in his role as a hold-up forward while he has taken his game to the next level by actively trying to create things at Fulham. His presence has helped players like Andre Schurrle shine at Fulham and the incredible work rate from the 23-year-old has also made him a fan’s favourite at Craven Cottage.

At a time when regular goal scorers are incredibly hard to find in the Premier League, there are suggestions that Newcastle may be in a much better position if they had retained Mitrovic. The away draw with Cardiff City is the only point for Newcastle after four games into the campaign.

After deciding to part company with Mitrovic for a massive transfer fee, Newcastle brought in the likes of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto. The former has decent Premier League experience while the latter needs to adapt to the new style as soon as possible. Even though Newcastle’s tactics are to blame for their paltry return of goals, the lack of options for Benitez is also a major factor and it is something that the Spaniard may not agree in public.

The task of discovering the winning touch is made doubly difficult by a sequence of tough matches for Newcastle. The Magpies are away against the likes of Crystal Palace and Manchester United in the next five games. There may be a point where Benitez may have to ditch the defensive tactics in order to try and find more goals – without the brilliance of Mitrovic.

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