As reported by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has spoken about his decision to omit Aleksandar Mitrovic from the Newcastle squad, for the game against Blackburn.
When asked about it, Benitez said: “They were asking me about Mitrovic or Murphy,”
“The way he Murphy was working in the training sessions, it was not a big difference between one or the other one.”
With this in mind, was it actually a good decision?
For years, Newcastle have had players, most notably Moussa Sissoko, who was sold to Tottenham for a fee of around £30million last summer, who have been heavily criticised for their apparent lack of effort or work ethic.
However, despite this, Benitez’s decision to leave Aleksandar Mitrovic out of his first team squad, was met with some criticism but now that Benitez has clarified the reasons behind the decision, people should applaud it.
Hopefully this will encourage an even better attitude towards training, within the club.