By Laura O'Leary

11th Nov, 2017 | 1:07pm

'Not good enough for the PL' - Newcastle legend destroys first-team star who Benitez rates

By Laura O’Leary

Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald shared his criticism of the out-of-favour fan favourite Aleksandar Mitrovic and new striker Joselu in his latest column.

In his latest column for the Chronicle, the club icon was less than flattering about Mitrovic, even sharing the  fact that the fans’ demand for the star “mystifies” him.

He wrote: “The whole debate surrounding Aleksandar Mitrovic really mystifies me.

“I think he plays the crowd better than he plays football with all the raised fists and trying to gee up the crowd.

“Although there are people calling for Mitrovic, I just don’t think he will be the man to score the goals Newcastle need.”

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Macdonald also had harsh words for new summer signing Joselu saying, he “will do nothing for Newcastle”  and “is not good enough for the Premier League”.

So far this season, Rafa Benitez has not selected Mitrovic to start a Premier League game.

Mitrovic has made two sub appearances in the Premier League this season, in total resulting in him only playing 30 minutes of league action.

In his brief time on the field, the striker has managed to grab a goal, when he scored against West Ham on August 26.

However, in the West Ham game, Mitrovic ended up earning a three game suspension after an incident not seen by the referee was punished retrospectively by the FA.

The Serbian has not featured for Newcastle in any form since October 21.

By contrast, Joselu, who signed from Stoke in the summer for almost £5million, has made 11 appearances and scored just two goals.

The Mirror reported that Benitez had been tracking Joselu since he was a youngster and said at the start of the season that he just needed a good run in a side to prove his talent.

In other Newcastle United news, there have been offers tabled after the Magpies held talks about securing the signing of an international defender.

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