Shola Ameobi calls for Aleksandar Mitrovic to be given time, makes Cabaye comparison

Ameobi thinks that Mitrovic still needs time to adapt.

Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to be a success at the club if he is given time.

Mitrovic has scored just the five goals from 24 appearances so far this season but the 21-year-old has shown flashes of quality and aggression which could see him develop into a fine forward.

Given Newcastle's situation - where they lie in the relegation zone of the Premier League - they could do with Mitrovic showing some more consistency and fire the Magpies towards safety.

Ameobi told the Chronicle: “I think we have to give these guys time, Mitrovic needs time.

“Football and the Premier League are unfortunately not like that now though, time waits for no-one. It’s about instant impact. I know that more than anyone.

“After going to Turkey, I know about the cultural differences, the change in football styles, the language barriers.

“You look at Yohan (Cabaye) as a prime example, it took him six-to-eight months to settle down but he became a top, top player in that Premier League.

“And hopefully they’ve (Newcastle have) got the players in there, it’s just going to take time unfortunately."

It's interesting that Ameobi has drawn a comparison with Yohan Cabaye, who ultimately ended up being a crucial part of the Newcastle side before he was sold to Paris Saint Germain midway through the 2013/14 season.

Mitrovic is only 21 and has plenty of time to develop into a good player and no-one should really expect him to be at the peak of his powers for a good few years yet. But one thing that needs to be shown is some consistently good performances. 

He would hope this end to the season is a positive experience where he can find the net fairly regularly in order to help Newcastle out of relegation trouble, and secure their status in the top flight for next season at least.

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