Aleksandar Mitrovic fluffed a load of chances for Serbia in their opening World Cup game against Costa Rica, and Newcastle fans weren’t surprised.
Serbia secured all three points in a nervy but deserved win against Costa Rica, but Mitrovic could have made the win a lot smoother.
He played 90 minutes but was subbed in injury time and Newcastle fans think that his display vindicates Rafa Benitez sending him out on loan to Fulham.
Mitrovic has always enjoyed a good relationship with Newcastle fans, who loved his passion and commitment, but he was never given much of a chance at St James’ Park.
However, he’s struggled for goals and he showed again today that he’s as likely to miss a gilt-edged chance as bury it.
He’s a regular starter for Serbia but fell over in the box today on a couple of occasions when it seemed easier to score.
Here are the best reactions from Newcastle fans who watched the game:
Mitrovic is a horrible, ugly brut of a footballer which I love.
But he's certainly not a natural goalscorer. I would be happy to keep him as cover, but we can't afford not to cash in on him and improve our attacking department.#CRCSRB #WorldCup #NUFC
— Heskey Makes It 5 (@james_89d) June 17, 2018
#nufc for the few mitrovic lovers out there. Hope you watched the game today. That’s why he’s not premier league quality. Super Mac was totally right????♂️
— GOODLAUGH (@G00DLAUGH) June 17, 2018
— Tom Kane (@THEtomkane1312) June 17, 2018
This World Cup was meant to bump Mitrovic’s price up not reduce it????#nufc
— Dave Rees (@johndavidrees) June 17, 2018
— gee singh (@geesingh1) June 17, 2018
Mitrovic playing his #nufc game today ????
— Robert Walden (@robertwalden51) June 17, 2018
— Nathan₯ (@Draaaapes) June 17, 2018
— Scott (@scotty8113) June 17, 2018
That move sums up everything about Mitrovic. Big, strong forward with great link up play…but just not good enough to rely on when the big moment comes. That's why Rafa is right about him. #NUFC
— ByTheMinute NUFC⚫️⚪️ (@ByTheMinNUFC) June 17, 2018
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