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2nd Jan, 2017 | 5:51pm

End of the road for 22-year-old: Three things we learned about Newcastle from loss v Blackburn

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Newcastle’s 1-0 Championship loss to Blackburn at Ewood Park on Monday.

Aleksander Mitrovic could make January move

The 22-year-old striker was left out of Newcastle’s matchday squad by manager Rafa Benitez, as reports continue to suggest that a January move could be on the cards for the Serbia international. Mitrovic has failed to break his way into Benitez’s starting line up due to the sparkling form of Championship top scorer Dwight Gayle, who has scored 19 goals this season. Despite his impressive pedigree, the former Anderlecht forward could now be forced to jump ship with many top-flight sides likely to be interested, and this latest development could mean the end of the road for Mitrovic.

Shelvey makes Toon tick

Without the England international, they just are not as creative. The midfielder is now three games into his five-match ban after racially abusing Wolves ace Romain Saiss, and his lack of presence in the Toon side was evident. With Jack Colback sitting at the base of midfield in his place, Newcastle were unable to find the breakthrough without the vision of the former Liverpool and Swansea ace. Flame-haired midfielder Colback was poor in Benitez’s side, as he sluggishly opted to make a sideways pass instead of launching an attack, as well as giving away the free kick that saw the Toon concede.

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Achraf Lazaar deserves chance

Paul Dummett was unimpressive for the Toon on the left side of defence, with his decision making being at the forefront of fans’ frustration. A number of times, the Wales international could have kept possession by playing the ball back to Darlow but instead opted to try something riskier or kick the ball out for a throw in. With former Serie A ace Lazaar waiting in the wings for a chance to impress after his summer move from Palermo, Dummett should be dropped.

In other Newcastle news, this striker believes the Toon must do this in order to secure an instant return to the Premier League.