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 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.