Mick Quinn: This Newcastle ace has to be sold in the summer, claims Benitez doesn't trust him
By Amir Mir
Mick Quinn has stated that he would sell Newcastle ace Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer because he “misses too many chances”.
Former striker Quinn also claimed that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez doesn’t trust the Serbian who see the red mist “too often”.
Mitrovic made a move to Newcastle from Belgium side Anderlecht during the summer of 2015 with his aggressive playing style winning over the St James’ Park faithful.
However, he has been involved in a number of big talking points during his time at the club added with the fact that he has only scored four league goals this term.
As a result, former Coventry man Quinn delivered his blunt verdict on the youngster and why he would get rid of him.
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“For me, he’s got to go,” Quinn told the Chronicle. “It’s a shame because I thought he had all the tools when he first arrived – I really liked his aggression.
“But he misses too many chances, he sees the red mist too often and Rafa clearly doesn’t trust him.
“Daryl Murphy is rightly ahead of Mitrovic in the pecking order, and this summer I’d sell the Serbian and reinvest that money elsewhere.”
During his time at St James’ Park, Mitrovic has played 59 matches in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and supplying seven assists.
Since the north-east club were relegated from the top tier, Mitrovic has played 23 Championship, EFL and FA Cup matches, scoring six goals.
He last found the back of the net when he scored against Wolves in early February, a game in which he was very lucky not to escape without a red card prior to him scoring the only goal of the game.
Benitez’ side will be looking to pick up the points in the Championship when they take on Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.
In other Newcastle news, supporters have jokingly stated who Middlesbrough should replace Aitor Karanka with.