Report reveals extraordinary lengths Newcastle outcast has employed to force Benitez's hand
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has made several lifestyle changes in a bid to prove his worth to Rafael Benitez after being outcast from the first team, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Serbian forward has gone to the extraordinary length of hiring his own personal striker coach and making changes to his diet to become a better forward and force his way into his manager’s plans on Tyneside.
Despite being just one of three senior strikers at the club, and having started the season on the substitute’s bench, Mitrovic has seen his place in the first team squad for matches handed to Dwight Gayle, with Joselu retaining his spot as the first choice up front.
The 23-year-old scored in his first two appearances of the season, starting in the League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest before netting from the bench in the 3-0 win over West Ham in the league.
However he was charged with violent conduct after the clash with the Hammers and subsequently suspended for three matches, after which he has found it difficult to break back into the first team.
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As a result he has just three appearances across all competitions this season, and has appeared in just one of the last four match day squads, featuring for 20 minutes in the win over Crystal Palace.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are reportedly just £2.5million away from securing the signing of an international striker.