Date: 21st March 2018 at 1:34pm
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Ex-manager Steve McClaren has had his say on why Aleksandar Mitrovic is finding success out on loan in the Championship at Fulham.

Mitro has been banging in the goals for the Cottagers with seven goals in nine appearances since his loan move in January. The former Magpies boss believes that the 23-year-old is more trusted by Slavisa Jokanovic than by Rafa. He told Sky Sports (quotes via the Chronicle):

‘He came in as a young boy at Newcastle, he needs to be loved, needs to be believed in, trusted. I think Jokanovic, being Serbian, I think they`ve got that connection and once you get the best out of him, he`s not only a good player outside the box, bringing other players into it, he scores goals.’

The Twitter reaction to our former manager`s words weren`t all that kind, but some did agree with him:

Verdict:

There is an element of truth to what McClaren is saying, but nothing more than that. The Serbian was down the pecking order at St James` Park, and was clearly not as highly rated by the gaffer as the other forward`s in our squad.

The fact that he is having more success in the Championship is not that surprising. He has dropped down a division, and shown himself capable of scoring regularly.

No matter his performances though, it doe seem clear that he will be moved on in the summer if a buyer can be found, with the Chronicle`s Mark Douglas reporting he will be one of the first out of the door, alongside Jack Colback.