Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 44 goals in 90 appearances for Alderlecht in the two years he was in Brussels, and he has just signed a five year contract with Newcastle that puts him on about £32K/week as a base salary, plus bonuses for a win and a draw.
His transfer fee was close to £12.5M – the fourth highest in Newcastle’s history for a young striker who turns 21 in September, and he has talked today about the Newcastle fans and his hero Alan Shearer, admitting that he likes to play the way Alan played.
Mitrovic has also said he was a Newcastle fan while growing up in Serbia, and knows all about Newcastle United’s ¨very big¨ history.
Aleksandar Mitrovic holding a Newcastle shirt
And trying to smile
Aleksandar started off by talking about the Newcastle fans:
I know the fans are very passionate. It’s a club with a very big history, the club and fans are really, really close and a big part of that. I like that, I had that in my last two clubs as well.”
“I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this club. It will be an honor.”
“I’m aggressive, strong. I’m a goalscorer! I am a real number nine, the penalty box is my place.” “My position is through the middle, I’m like the strikers who have played here before – from Alan Shearer to Papiss Cisse.”
“They are big names and I hope I can make a similar impact.” “Alan Shearer is a real legend and one of my heroes. That and Drogba is how I like to play. I’m a physical sort of player. I like to fight and score goals.”
“I know how to play with pressure. Anderlecht and Partizan Belgrade are the biggest clubs in Belgium and Serbia, so I know I’m going to have pressure for sure here. I like to play with pressure, that’s what I can say.”
“I like crosses into the box, I feel comfortable and I like to be in the box.” “I’m a calm guy but on the pitch I’m different. I work hard all week for it and on the pitch I want to win.”
That’s two top players brought in by Newcastle for about £27M, the third and fourth highest transfer fees paid out in the club’s history is good, behind only world class strikers Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.
That puts Newcastle into 4th place in the Premier league spending stakes in this summer’s transfer window, but we still need at least three more top players brought in during the summer.
We hope that happens since we still need two top center-backs and one more striker.
But so far – it’s been a good start by Newcastle, who seem determined to put this year’s terrible second half of the season behind them – and get set up for much better things ahead.
That sounds (very) good to us.
Incoming Transfers – Newcastle – 2015
|Transfer Fees Out||£56.6M|
|Remy Cabella||Season loan||Marseille|
|Sammy Ameobi||Season Loan||Cardiff|
|Adam Armstrong||6 month loan||Coventry|
|Freddie Woodman||6 month loan||Crawley|
|Haris Vuckic||Season Loan||Wigan|
|Shane Ferguson||6 month loan||Milwall|
|Ryan Taylor||Released||Hull City|
|Jak Alnwick||Released||Port Vale|
|Adam Campbell||Released||Notts County|
|Remie Streete||Released||Port Vale|
|Transfer Fees In||£4.0M|