The Serbian’s arrival at St James’ Park is a good piece of business by manager Steve McClaren, but Solano is wary about the way the team is going to setup to get the best out of their new attacking player.
He’s suggested that McClaren needs to find a way of getting the ball into Mitrovic quickly as well as creating situations the Serbian can attack head on.
“You look at Mitrovic and think who will supply them? We had Alan Shearer and we knew we had to get the ball to him. How many wingers were there last year who provided assists? Not many,” he told the Chronicle.
“The team needs to be built around supplying him now.”
Newcastle can save time now
Solano is right to suggest that Newcastle should be proactive right now to give Mitrovic a better chance of being effective once the Premier League action gets underway in just under two weeks.
It’s no good for Newcastle if they try a system with Mitrovic which doesn’t work and one which could have been avoided with some proactive thinking over the next fortnight.
The side will have to adapt at times throughout the season, which is unavoidable but they can give themselves the best possible chance of getting off to a good start.
It’s very important Newcastle start the season in positive fashion, because of the negative way the team ended last season, narrowly avoiding relegation.
That would give the supporters a lift and reason to get right behind the team over the next few months.