By Alex Taylor
Newcastle made four changes to their team against QPR on Tuesday – and fans are delighted that Aleksandar Mitrovic will make his Championship debut for the club.
Mitrovic, 21, is yet to play a single minute of domestic football for Newcastle since their relegation from the Premier League.
The youngster has been forced to watch on as Dwight Gayle has scored four goals in his first five Championship games for the club.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 13, 2016
Mitrovic was suspended for his side’s opening four league fixtures, injured against Brighton and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Derby County.
Supporters took to social media to praise the decision to play the striker, with some fans claiming they have won the match already.
Here is a collection of the messages on Twitter:
— Rŷäñ (@Ryan_NUFC99) September 13, 2016
@NUFC MITROS ON FIREEEEE
— Owen Latham (@OwenCLatham) September 13, 2016
— D W (@SirDanWilson) September 13, 2016
— Mark (@NUFCRafalution) September 13, 2016
— John Wainwright (@JohnWainwright4) September 13, 2016
— RAFA IS A GEORDIE (@NUFC_UNITE) September 13, 2016
— Jack Pattison (@JackPattison99) September 13, 2016
Newcastle have enjoyed a strong start to life in the Championship under manager Rafa Benitez.
The Toon have picked up 12 points from their opening six games in England’s second tier and have already beaten Reading, Bristol, Cheltenham, Brighton and Derby this term.
The St James’ Park outfit were relegated under Benitez last season but retained his services and will be looking to pick up their fifth win in seven games this season at Loftus Road.