Newcastle United would be mad to loan out Aleksandar Mitrovic

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on wearing rainbow pin badge during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017...

The Serbian striker hasn't featured as much as he'd have liked this season but he has the potential to be a match winner for Newcastle.

Alexander Mitrovic of Newcastle United is challenged by Tom Cleverly of Watford during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017...Alexander Mitrovic of Newcastle United is challenged by Tom Cleverly of Watford during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017...

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a loan move away from St James' Park. 

The Serbian is attracting interest from clubs in the Premier League, Championship and Chinese Super League according to the Newcastle Chronicle. 

Mitrovic has been unable to win a central role in his side's return to the top flight, failing to start a Premier League game under Rafael Benitez this season. He has made just four league appearances in total and has grown frustrated with his lack of game time. 

Newcastle's other forward options include Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez - who have have scored just four goals between them this season. The Serbian has netted two in five appearances in all competitions and is arguably the most naturally gifted of the four. 

Joselu of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...Joselu has struggled for goals at Newcastle, he's not scored since the 1st of October.

Mitrovic arrived on Tyneside for £13m in 2015 and scored nine goals in 2015-16 for a team who got relegated. The forward has been involved in a number of red cards since then, upsetting Benitez according to the Chronicle, but the passion and commitment that is central to his game keeps him popular with the Toon Army. 

With a recent disappointing run by Newcastle yielding little goalscoring threat, a run in the team for Mitrovic would be a smart risk by Rafa. Mitroivc's record for Serbia speaks for itself. The 23-year-old has scored 11 goals for his country, six of those coming in Serbia's successful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign which proves he can score consistently. 

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia celebrates the victory after FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia celebrates the victory after FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.

Newcastle have been put up for sale by Mike Ashley but there's no guarantee the takeover will be completed by January. Should they let Mitrovic leave, Benitez may only have a small amount of cash to replace him with and they'd be letting him go in favour of strikers who have done little more than the former Anderlecht man has. 

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