Mick Quinn offers damning verdict on Newcastle star
By Russell Edge
Former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn has said that Aleksandar Mitrovic cannot be trusted following his return from suspension.
The Serbian forward has been serving a three game ban after being found guilty for violent conduct by an FA disciplinary panel in an off-the-ball incident against West Ham.
It was the striker’s first Premier League appearance of the season and, having scored after coming off the bench, his record stands at two goals in as many games.
However, despite being available for Sunday’s showdown against Liverpool at St James’ Park, Quinn has offered a damning verdict on the 23-year-old, insisting he should not be anywhere near the starting XI.
Writing for the Chronicle, he said: “I don’t see any chance in him starting on Sunday.
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“I certainly wouldn’t put him in my team. Not until he has earned some trust back anyway.
“He must work hard in training to try and force his way back into the side; he has to prove he can be trusted.”
In 67 games for the Magpies Mitrovic has scored 17 goals, 10 of which have come in the top flight.
Manager Rafael Benitez’s other options up front are Spanish striker Joselu, who has endured a difficult couple of games leading the line, or last season’s top scorer Dwight Gayle.
The club’s top scorer in the league is currently Jamaal Lascelles with two goals, while he is joined by Mitrovic at the top of the table if extended to goals scored all across all competitions.
Newcastle currently sit ninth in the Premier League on nine points, level with both Burnley and Huddersfield who sit above them on goal difference.
In other Newcastle United news, former goalkeeper Tim Krul has offered his opinion on the situation at the club.