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McClaren On Aleksandar Mitrovic – He’s A Bit Of A Devil

8:53 am, Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Steve McClaren stressed after the game, that Aleksandar Mitrovic had only one day training ahead of last night’s game at York, and the plan was to play him only for the first half,  but the 20 year-old wanted to play on, and so McClaren gave him another 25 minutes until he was taken off after 70 minutes.

aleksandar Mitrovic ..  york

Aleksandar Mitrovic in action last night

Mitrovic showed a lot of movement last night, and he got into several scoring positions .

He seems one of those natural goalscorers who seems to know where to go to get into an open position – it’s something that’s hard to teach and you either have it or you don’t.

Steve McClaren did not seem too upset at the result, and he was pleased with the 20 year-old striker:

“It was good to see Mitrovic playing.¨ “He has not trained for a couple of weeks and needs minutes.¨

“You could see from his movement and runs he is a good player¨

¨He has been training back in Belgium.¨ “Yet because of the ongoing saga of his transfer he has missed some days.¨

“We only expected one half from him but he wanted more.¨ “It shows his enthusiasm on the field so we are pleased to get him on.¨

“He has only had 24 hours, trained then played.¨ “He is a good lad and he had a smile on his face.¨

“Once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil.”

Well it’s about time we had a devil in the Newcastle side – love it.

This lad is going to be a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans – a player who wants to be at Newcastle – in spite all the stuff about him not wanting  to join Newcastle.

It’s clear Aleksandar is also very keen to make a good start at the club and we’ll see him – probably in the second half – against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday afternoon – his first chance to play at St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Friendlies · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM


    I wouldnt even count Darlow and lascelles, since they played at forrest last season. So we really only had 7 incomers. On less that Jespers stated average….. then we could probably discount ferreyra since he was completely invisible for the first team, and never kicked a ball for us in anger!

  • 3 sparky55 // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Jail…Maclaren I’m sure has already realised that even though he has a squad the size of anyone elses, he doesn’t really have any options because there is no real depth or quality to the you’re right mate…the team pretty much picks itself but if we have injuries or bad form there’s no one pressing from the bench and the quality just isn;t there

  • 4 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    jail because there petrified any of the so called first get injured if team the team that played las night is the cover god help us

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    The SDJ played very little… so last summers window looks worse by the minute 😀

  • 6 lesh // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    The Broons

    From a couple of threads back, it looks as though Chester and Stokes are out of Hull.

    Maybe Charnley needs some help – incoming and outgoing transfers are clearly too much for him to cope with!

  • 7 Slank // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:10 AM



    The nine were:

    De Jong

    The loanee was Ferreyra.

    The issue that Jasper presented yesterday was comparing the completed transfer window last summer with the ongoing incomplete transfer window this summer.

    Statistics can be a very hit and miss way of assessing things.

    From the 9 players, 2 stayed with their clubs, 1 never played at all, 1 was injured all season, 2 (Cabella and Rivière) were in and out of the team and only 2 (Colback & Janmaat) destined for the first played regularly, and 1 (Perez) who was not destined for the first team played regularly.

    What this tells us I have no idea !!

  • 8 // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Check this amazing winger out Jean-Paul Boetius this is who we should sign he’s got speed-tricks-chips-passes-and he’s a goal scorer a great addition to the team

  • 9 lesh // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:16 AM


    You have no idea what the transfers tell us so that’s you and me both!

  • 10 mickalfas // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    When Saylor gets injured ,probably on Saturday ,and Willo leaves ,hope to God he does,to Leeds?
    Who comes in ,especially if Mbemba can’t get the permit?
    Therein lies the problem !!
    Absolutely no cover

  • 11 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Still think we’ll get Van Dijk, haven’t really properly been linked with him yet this summer, but I think the writing is on the wall

  • 12 Jib // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Olympique Lyonnais are in for our old friend Mbiwa from Roma the reason being that someone (as yet unnamed) has come in for TWO of their centre halves Bakary Kone and Lindsay Rose.

  • 13 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 30, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Mbiwa was a decent player. Maybe not cut out for the Premier league at face value, but he had more skill and pace than donkeys like Taylor, Williamson and Lascelles. Would have been interesting to see what a proper coach could have made of him here.

  • 14 remember69 // Jul 30, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Ashley IN!!!! 🙂

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