Former Premier League putting nice Andrew Cole has claimed that Newcastle United ‘created their very own issues’ this season by promoting Aleksander Mitrovic to Fulham and failing to exchange the Serbian striker.

The Magpies have desperately struggled for targets up to now this time period, with Huddersfield City (13) being the one Premier League outfit to have scored fewer than Rafa Benitez’s aspect (16).

Nonetheless, Cole, who scored 68 occasions for Newcastle between 1992 and 1995, pointed to the shortage of putting choices within the absence of Mitrovic as a cause for the Magpies failings.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Cole advised Sky Sports activities The Debate, through the Chronicle Live: “The unusual one for me is taking a look at who they introduced in. They removed ​Mitrovic and introduced in Rondon. Rondon’s not going to attain extra targets than Mitrovic; he’s not going to do it, so that you create your individual issues.

“They’d [Dwight] Gayle, who is an efficient Championship participant, however he isn’t a Premier League participant. He isn’t going to attain you a great deal of targets within the Premier League.

“There you’re taking away extra targets when you have not bought many anyway, and Mitrovic is best than the pair of them.”

Solomon Rondon

Nonetheless, within the face of proprietor Mike Ashley’s reluctance to spend, Cole did laud the job Benitez has executed at Newcastle, however queries how for much longer it is going to be earlier than his fortunes run out.

Cole added: “I feel with the supervisor they’ve, he works wonders with the gamers he has and the cash he’s spent. How lengthy can that proceed?

“In the event you take a look at what’s on the backside there are perhaps a number of groups worse off than Newcastle however, in the event that they do get a little bit bit of cash to spend now to get two or three gamers to strengthen the squad, he’ll preserve them up.”

Andy Cole,Bruce Grobbelaar

​Newcastle presently reside in 18th place within the English high flight, however are simply three factors off of Burnley in 15th. 

They journey to face fellow relegation candidates ​Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, understanding a win would raise them out of the relegation zone, with the Magpies presently sitting only one level behind Saturday’s opponents.


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