Jermaine Jenas says Newcastle should have bought Charlie Austin instead of Aleksandar Mitrovic

Charlie Austin

Newcastle signed unproven forward Aleksandar Mitrovic over the summer.

Speaking to Yahoo Sport, former midfielder Jermaine Jenas has admitted he wanted Newcastle to sign Charlie Austin of QPR instead of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Serbian forward brought to St James’ Park from Anderlecht.

Jenas said: “I’d prefer them to have signed Charlie Austin rather than Aleksandar Mitrovic – another talented but unproven player. Where’s the balance?”

Mitrovic arrived as the second of five summer signings, agreeing a deal with Newcastle after 36 goals in 69 games for Anderlecht.

He is young and has potential, and clearly bringing him in was seen as a long-term fix for the striker role at St James’ Park - but he has been thrust into the team to have an impact straight away.

He has scored just two goals in 11 games this term, and Jenas has admitted that he would have preferred to have seen the Magpies sign Charlie Austin from QPR instead of the unproven Mitrovic, seeing as Austin excelled in the Premier League last term.

He scored 18 goals in 35 games last term, despite QPR being relegated, and would improve a number of current top flight sides this season.

Signing Mitrovic could have a long-term impact on Tyneside, but right now, it is hard to suggest that Austin would not have been the better player to sign over the summer.

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