Beka Mikeltadze shines in Newcastle Jets first win

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Scoring two goals in Newcastle Jets’ first win of the season, Beka Mikeltadze had an exceptional match against Welllington Phoenix.

Mikeltadze has proved he’s a force to be reckoned with after scoring three goals in the first four matches of this season. But it has been a tough time for the 24-year-old off the park.

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After losing his father just 24 hours before their season opener against Central Coast Mariners, it would be completely understandable if Mikeltadze took some time away from football.

Instead, the gifted player has thrown himself into his game, and dedicated his first goal of the season – in round two against Western Sydney Wanderers – to his late father.

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Jets manager Arthur Papas had nothing but praise for the young Georgian after he scored two goals in the club’s first win of the season.

“I’m proud of Beka and his mentality to overcome some pretty difficult weeks,” he said. “We’ve tried to get around him and support him as a family.

“He’s been playing well every week and every week he’s putting in the work.”

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In a 4-0 win that very few saw coming, it was Mikeltadze’s opening goal in the 32nd minute that put the home-side on the right track for a victory.

Although he was impressed with Mikeltadze’s scoring ability, Papas said he’s more than just a goal scorer.

“He gets his goals tonight, but he does more than just score goals,” he said.

“Defensively he’s working hard, he sets up the way we want to press, plays really well in tight areas and the goals will hopefully give him a lot more confidence in how good he can be in this league.”

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Mikeltadze has also proved to be a team player, setting up the likes of Valentino Yuel and Olivier Boumal to do their best work and score goals.

“He understands space extremely well,” said Papas. “He can play in tight areas but also gives you a threat from behind.

“It’s part of the way we try to play that if there’s space available, we want someone moving into that space and he understands that very well.”

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Combining with the likes of Yuel and Boumal, Mikeltadze has produced not only his own goals, but set up his teammates to do the same.

“Tonight, he combined very well but there’s work to do,” said Papas.

“We can get better, he can get better, and the team is hungry for more.”

Feature Image Credit: Jemma Pepper 

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Grace Clegg
Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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