Speaking to Sky Sports about his time at Newcastle United, Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that he does have regrets when he looks back at his time at St James’ Park so far – admitting the he’s still a Newcastle player so will ‘see what happens’ this summer.
The Serbian striker has ended up being like marmite for Newcastle fans, but after failing to impress Rafa Benitez over the first few months of the season, he was controversially sent out on loan to Fulham – and he’s never looked back.
He’s scored a stunning 9 goals in 11 games for the Championship promotion chasers, propelling them up to 2nd place in the league and onto the cusp of the Premier League.
The 23-year-old is clearly loving life in London, thriving in a team that plays to his strengths and loving playing under a manager that puts the faith in him Benitez wouldn’t, but he has still clearly got a soft spot for NUFC.
Here’s what he’s had to say about his time on Tyneside during an interview for Sky Sports today, admitting that he could’ve scored more goals and done a lot of things he wanted to do which he didn’t:
“I would never say I regret that I was there, but I have regrets because I didn’t play as much as I could and maybe I should have scored more goals.
“There are a lot of things I wanted to do there that I didn’t do, so of course I have regret, but I still enjoyed my time there and I’m still a Newcastle player so we will see what happens.”
It’s perhaps typical of a player who is set to return after a loan deal, but does he suggest at the end here that his time at St James’ Park may not be over yet?
He’s focused on Fulham for now (rightly so), and I bet he’d love to move their permanently if they earned promotion, but that could change if they failed to do so..
He then went on, explaining just why he’s always had that edge about him when out on the pitch:
“That’s my way. That’s how I have played all my life.
“It’s how I see football and that’s it.
“I’m a winner and I will try to do everything to win the game.
“I made some silly mistakes but I have tried to learn from my mistakes.
“It’s not always possible to channel the anger in the right way but I try to stay focused on the team and to do my job.
“That is to stay on the pitch and to score goals, to assist, to create space.
“I need my passion but I have to control it. I try to use it on the goal and on the team.”
What do you reckon folks? Do you see any way back for him under Benitez?