As quoted by the Northern Echo, Aleksandar Mitrovic has explained that he is not thinking too much about the possibility of being replaced by first choice striker Dwight Gayle next weekend.
Dwight Gayle missed Newcastle United’s clash against Preston North End during the weekend and the injury to the 25-year-old handed Aleksandar Mitrovic a chance to shine from the start once again.
The Serbian most certainly did not disappoint as he grabbed a wonderful brace and helped Newcastle claim a fine 2-1 triumph at Deepdale.
Mitrovic has now managed four goals in two matches but despite such a rich vein of form, there is a distinct possibility that the attacker will be dropped to the bench against Cardiff City during the upcoming gameweek if Gayle manages to return to full fitness.
Mitrovic is well aware of this fact and has stated that rather than thinking too much about potentially losing a place in the starting lineup, he can only work hard to convince manager Rafael Benitez to stick with him ahead of Gayle.
The 22-year-old said, “All I can do is work hard and take my chances when I get them. The most important thing is to score goals and help the team and to stay on top of the league. I just train hard, work hard and try and score more goals. It’s not up to me to say whether I will play or not. Rafa will choose if I play or not. If I’m on the bench, I will fight for my place.
“Dwight is an amazing guy, he’s really positive and always looks forward. We are different types of players. I think I will learn a lot from him. He’s a good player, a good striker and a good person and I’m happy to share a position and a dressing room with him.”