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Alexsandar Mitrovic makes it nine goals in 10 games since Newcastle United exit

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Alexsandar Mitrovic makes it nine goals in 10 games since Newcastle United exit

The Serbian scored twice as his nation toppled Nigeria in London last night.

Newcastle United have recently dragged themselves clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Whilst not yet out of danger, the Magpies fans will be confident their team can complete the task and remain in the Premier League.

However, it has not been easy this season and one reason behind Newcastle’s struggles has been the lack of firepower in attack.

The Toon have made some mistakes in that area, with the decision not to pull the trigger on Aleksandar Mitrovic looking the most blatant.

Last night the Serbian was in fantastic form. The 23-year-old scored both goals as his country defeated Nigeria 2-0 at the Hive Stadium in Barnet.

It was a much-needed turnaround for Serbia, who had lost 2-1 to Morocco last week. For Nigeria, it was a reality check after their impressive win against Poland.

For Newcastle fans, however, it was another testament to how good a striker Mitrovic can be when handled correctly.

His explosive character can sometimes be combustible.

There is a reason why many in Belgium often compared his temperament to that of perennial Premier League bad boy Mario Balotelli.

But if managed right he becomes a goal machine. Newcastle, however, decided not to gamble on the Serbian and loaned him out to Fulham in January.

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Working under countryman Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage he has thrived and played a key role in making the Cottagers the form team in the Championship.

His brace last night took his tally to nine goals in 10 games since he left Newcastle.

Next season will be interesting for the striker.

Newcastle will be under pressure to keep the player but should his excellent form extend into the World Cup it may be he decides to move on, leaving the club to cash in.

Hopefully, in the long-run, Newcastle are not made to pay for their development of Mitrovic.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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