Mitrovic’s High Praise For Newcastle Fans And His Hero Alan Shearer

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 shirt

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

Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

Comments welcome.

133 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Bizarre people are saying a top six finish is achievable – we were almost relegated last season and we’ve bought two players since. Neither of them are defenders and given the rate we shipped goals last season we will struggle for top ten without signing at least one CB , a LB and a DM
    Neither Colback nor Anita can do the job and Tiote looks like he’s lost the plot

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2


    25m in todays market is pocket change.

    The value for the players we have bought is actually good value.

    In a market where Austin is £15m, Sterling is £49m, Benteke is £32.5m

    Really £12m on a 20 year old “unproven” player who could just flop in reality and £14.5m on a Dutch international is hardly alot of money.

    Its just a solid buy. We do not have another 5 of them coming though. Maybe 1 or 2 players around 5m to 10m and thats our lot. Assuming 1 is Mbemba.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Mbemba and Austin in, Cisse and Williamson out! Sorted.

    I’d like to see Danny Rose brought in as LB aswell. Canny player I think.

  • Belfast

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Can somebody explain to me how you can go from staying up on the last day of the season by the skin of your teeth, to finishing in the top 6 after signing two players ?

    Did Dynamo the magician join the coaching staff ?

  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #5

    pawl boro asked about willo 2 weeks ago and were quoted 2m …who are the 2 better cb at boro you speak about ……one other thing woodgate had to be persuaded not to retire plus willo would do a good job in the championship

  • nut meg

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6


    Good to hear you’re on the mend,stay strong & keep your chin up bonny lad.

  • Belfast

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    F*** sake Mindshaft you stole my question

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #8


    Top 6 is a dream.

    Baring in mind the likely top 6 will be
    Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham.

    When you consider likes of Everton (normally, not last season due to EL), Swansea and Southampton are not far off and where we finished last year.

    Top 8 is possible, and even that is a hope. Top 6 is not going to happen.

    Year we finished 5 was a fluke more than anything. Mainly because likes of Chelsea and Liverpool had shocking seasons.

    We were 17 points off the mark for top 8 last season. Thats 6 more wins.

    With a new striker, better midfield and hopefully luck with injuries and maybe a slight improvement on defence if it goes our way its a big ask but possible.

    Especially considering Swansea lost Bony mid last year and have not had a full season without him.

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #9

    ToonAndy- Ba and Cisse were never in form together. It was either or. The one who was on form in the centre and the other stuck out on the wing. It is what first got Ba to contemplate moving.

    My priority for new signings is:
    1. Starting CB
    2. Starting LB (Haidara has potential but is still a liability and Dummett should only ever be considered a CB)
    3. Left winger to compete with Aarons (who can also do set pieces)
    4. CB to compete with Willo
    5. Back-up RB
    6. Striker (Priority only increases if Cisse goes – Cisse is a good goalscorer more than capable of being first choice or back-up)

    I envisage us getting 1 more ‘purple’ and then a few more younger, untested players such as Perez last season.

  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Now we need another nice rumor/target to get out teeth into for the next week or so.

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11


    Tiote will be fine, Colback was one of our better players last year. And Wijnaldum is literally better than all of them put together!

    As for Lb, think Haidara will make it his role to lose this year.

    Agree we need a CB. Williamson is not good enough and he inevitably slots in for Taylor when he gets injured. We need a player in CB role to play and Taylor to slot in for any injuries making Williamson a last resort, especially with Lascelles coming into contention hoepfully before him.

    Would like to see atleast 1 CB arrive and 1 young right back for future as back up to Janmaat.

  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    pawl we need more then a slight improvement in defence to get anywhere near top 8

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    We are really showing intent. I know that we could do more, for example buy 5, 10, 20 new players but realistically: we have tossed out the old coaching team, brought in a new one and bought two apparently top players who should come out of the blocks.

    We do already have a bunch of internationals who perform very well at international level (e.g. Tiote, Siss, etc.) and not so well at team.

    We have young mixing with old.

    ‘Attitude’ (e.g. Mitro, Tiote, Colb., even Taylor etc.) and character could be a + factor.

    Now, we need the coaches to get them playing the football they know; to convince them they can beat anyone; to lead us to a better place.

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Lb is not badly covered in my opinion.

    Dummett looked pretty much at home their last season. Has pace, is young and can actually cross more often than not a decent ball.

    Haidara will be the one to look for this year and then look to replace/add in January for cheap if he does not make the grade.

    Certainly agree with CB being priority, then a right back as we have no cover at all in that position, then agree about winger (either side really, Cabella can cover the other), and another centre back.

  • Belfast

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #15

    With no more signings we wouldn’t even finish in the top ten. Our defense is absolutely shocking. If they sign a couple of center backs I’d say top ten.

    That’s being realistic in my opinion.

    Loads of teams have improved in the last few seasons and we haven’t. Unless Dynamo has joined the coaching staff we won’t be anywhere near the top six. Sorry !

  • lukes26

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I think the current team has fewer weaknesses than the one that finished 5th.

    That team had ‘in top form of their lives’ cabaye, tiote and demba ba though.

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Undoubtedly our next two signings (if we do make any more) have to be defenders. We were awful in attack last season but with Mitrovic, De Jong and Cisse fully fit, Perez a year more experienced and the creativity of Cabaye finally replaced by Wijnaldum we should be okay.

    Only QPR conceded more than us last season. Our focus has to be on drastically improving defence now. Not just through starters but by actually having back-up so midfielders don’t have to fill in and full-backs play in the centre.

    Can’t understand why people are turning on Colback cause we’ve made a few signings – he would still be pretty much the first name on the team sheet for me. Him, Janmaat and Perez are the only ones to come out of last season with any credit.

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #18


    Slight improvement in defence by adding a quality CB is something that can make or break a defence.

    If we roll the years back and look at Woodgate and the tripe he played alongside (when he actually played, injuries being the issue) he made our awful defence look like a rock.

    A decent CB can do that. We need a CB that good again, and that would improve our chances.

    In the real world though those above us had better teams last season and improve for this season.

    We can reduce the gap but not by much, and in some cases most likely gap gets bigger.

    People saying Liverpool are weaker are idiots. They have so much more depth, ok none are Suarez but on last season they have so many options and they really do look like an improving team. Sterling going is really not an issue if you ask me far too over priced and over hyped.

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Luke 26

    Maybe, but the teams around us are better,

    Stoke, Swansea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs, all of them have better teams than that season.

    Chelsea being the obvious one who finished below us that simply wont this season.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I think the Toon will bring that Sterry through as RB cover next season. Haidara still has alot to prove for me as a guaranteed starter at LB.

    To have a player as good as Janmaat at LB would be excellent. Haidara isn’t the long term solution I doubt. He is OK for cover but I’d like to see an upgrade to the same class as Janmaat if possible.

  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #21


    My point exactly.

    We need a class CB that will start every game, probably alongside Colo. Who despite aging was our best defender last year still in the centre.

    We have NO cover for RB though.

    Atleast Dummett is capable and an option at LB. I would go as far to say he has played his best games at LB for us.

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    The team (squad?) on paper looks very impressive. People like Krul, Jaan, Colo, Colb., Siss, Georgin, Perez, Mitro, Cabs, De Jong (?), Tiote, etc. could have been playing for top teams.

    Admittedly, we need one solid CB.

    Then, we’re set for CL days 😉

  • firebug666

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s true that other teams around us have improved over the seasons, but look at what we could achieve on our day.

    This season we will be pretty much an unknown entity, We will have the same team with a few additions, hopefully a CB or two added, but we will have a new footballing philosophy, and a new team motivator. None of us will know how this will pan out until we have a few games.

    IMO without the likes of Carver and co last season we could have finished higher up the table with the players we had. That last game against West Ham showed what we could do, and this season I think we will be better.

    Well that’s my two penneth anyway.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Top six -No chance
    Maybe top ten and a cup run.
    We don’t have strength in depth and need to sort out/change of luck for injuries.
    Decent forward line/striker now to pick from – Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez,
    Decent midfield/striker – De Jong, Wijnaldum, Aarons
    Decent midfield – Sissoko, Tiote, Colback
    Defence – Jaanmat – after that rest poor not up to premiership standard
    Goalkeeper – good shot stopper but command of six yard box and distribution – poor
    Need two or three top defenders to be a top six team because our goals against column since we came back into the premiership has been shocking.

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Haidara has been a standout going forward. In defense he may need work. Could become outstanding, enough being a backup, was our best player a couple days ago. My concern is in mid defense.

    And tactics! The talent may be here already, in many ways.

  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #26

    If we had lost against West Ham we would have still stayed up.

    We finished the season on 39 points
    Liverpool ended up 6th on 62 points
    Just think of all the games Carver contrived to get us zero points that were easily winnable , then have a count up.

    Don’t be so melodramatic man.

  • lukes26

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Pawl. Agreed. The compeition’s gotten better

    I’d rank our Strikers maybe 8th-9th in the league

    Midfield 8th

    Defense Maybe 18 or 19th … as it stands now

    Goalie 4th

  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28


    You are missing the point mate, that type of money for Ashley is massive and who knows how much more will be spent.

    But if you use your argument then what’s twenty million on two centre halfs?

  • lukes26

    Jul 21, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #29


    I think Pawl made the point earlier that Colo, Taylor and Williamson are in the last years of their contracts and no one will take them off our hands.

  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #30


    Like pawl you obviously don’t know that there IS interest in both Colo and Willo

  • sparky55

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Mitrovic looks good but he won’t make up for the sh!te defence we have in it’s current form.

    None of the current centre back players in our squad (with the possible exception of Dummett) are good enough for the premier league. Colo is too old, too slow and way past his best, and the rest aren’t even worthy of a mention with Lacelles (who does have potential) IMO not ready as yet.

    We’ve already proven before with shearer and all his partners over the years that a great attacking formation never makes up for a sh!te defence.

    We’ve had some of the best strikers in the country play for us alongside shearer and we’ve won diddly squat.

    There’s no point wasting any more money on the squad until we buy two premiership class centre backs…otherwise 6th really is a pipe dream and IMO still is a pipe dream even with 2 very good centre halves.

    IMO 8th is the best we can sensibly wish for and anything higher is a brucey bonus

    2 good centre backs please Mikey

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Just think lads if we sign Mbemba we could win the World Cup.

    Haha, in all seriousness I like what Alexander had to say and I’m glad we signed him.

    6th? Some people must be on their 6th treble.

  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #33

    pawl you quot liverpool having depth yet you advocate only 1 new cb we have had no depth in our back 4 and have not for years 1 injury same problems

  • sparky55

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #34

    and a cup run 🙂

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Colo is going nowhere unfortunately, he’s just finished having his house remodelled and doubled in size.

  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #36


    All his girlfriend and kids must be moving in with him;)

  • GarageFlower

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ve stuck a tenner on a top 6 finish,33-1 the price reflects last season’s form but with two or three more good signings,that could well make a big difference in how the team performs,not to mention the new manager hopefully gettting the best out of the current players.

  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    op that’s only to sell it …….he will go the first chance he gets

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Nothing worse than somebody quoting extremes to get their point across. Signing Hazard is not a possibility, signing another CB while letting Collocini go on a free is !

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #40

    no way spurs are top six, id bet my liver on that.. for a day..


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