Plan’s not work­ing so change play­ers

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I AM find­ing it puz­zling that Mal­colm Mac­don­ald, for whom I have the ut­most re­spect, has been so vo­cif­er­ous in his con­dem­na­tion of Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic.

I won­der if, go­ing back a num­ber of years, the same crit­i­cism would have been lev­elled at the likes of Bar­rie Thomas, Ron McGarry and Peter Withe, all plough­ing a lone fur­row up front and let­ting de­fend­ers know they were there.

It has been said that Mitro­vic does not play to or­ders, and that is why Ben­itez is re­luc­tant to in­clude him in his team plans.

That be­ing the case, can I sug­gest that the cur­rent play­ers hold­ing down a po­si­tion – who are play­ing to plan – are not do­ing their job prop­erly, or else the plan is in need of a dras­tic over­haul? KEN PATTIE Cram­ling­ton

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