McClaren Explains The Kind Of Player Mitrovic Is

Aleksandar Mitrovic has picked up two yellow cards in the official 23 minutes he has played competitively for Newcastle so far this season, and he probably needs to settle down just a little bit, but Steve McClaren has again said he knows the type of player Aleksandar is, and you don’t take away that edge he has got.

Steve has talked after the game in more detail about the Serbian striker,  who is certainly full of energy and still only 20, and  turns 21 next month.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic being booked on Saturday
Oh ref – it wasn’t a foul – was it?

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the young gun, who cost us around £12M from Anderlecht :

“I’ve had a lot of these type of players during my career and you do not take that aggression, that emotion, away from the game.

“Just don’t do that. For example, Diego Costa at Chelsea. To curb it you take 50% of their game away.”

It will be good to see Aleksandar get  a start at some point in the near future, but with Papiss Cisse playing fairly well at the moment,  McClaren can bring Mitrovic on during the second half to get a feel of the Premier League.

He will probably get his first start in the League Cup tie the week after next against Northampton Town at St. James’ Park.

And if we are to continue to play one man up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation, why would we need to bring in another striker before September – unless we will be changing to something like a 4-4-2 formation?

I’ve convinced myself defense is still the big problem and we should be bringing in two defenders – a center-back and a left-back before September.

And things may not look good at the moment – but hey – be happy – at least we are above the Champions Chelsea and Sunderland at the moment in the Premier League table.

Comments welcome.

99 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    This guy must start the next game. We need somebody to hold up play

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Just curb that 4-2-3-1 would you!

  • ronjohno

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #3

    what do you mean cisse playing fairly well – he was less than useless yesterday.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #4

    This is my favoured team considering we are clearly still searching for our best 11, and assuming fitness and availability.





  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #5

    If we play aarons and thauvin either side of Wijnaldum in a 4231 we will have a potent attack. Need to start mitrovic to hold up the ball. Cisse couldn’t hold up his own trousers. Or 442 with another cb and left back and Austin. That would bring the fresh blood we need and the balance required.

  • jimiley

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #6

    form is temporary but class is permanent. We have so many top players we must finish in the top 6.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Jimmy the problem is sdj has no pace and Wijnaldum joined to play further forward. He wants to play number 10. If we get thauvin I think we could move to 433 which is actually schteves preferred formation.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley Out!

  • nufc 11

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Michael Dawson frn hull, Daniel agger frn bronby, Evans a tall cb that can attack the ball we need something desperately mbeama is in jeperty of taking on colos bad habits the more he plays with him Saylor should play at rb not cb

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Hold on Jimmy. ..Colback at left back?! No chance. Haidara is pants there but colback needs to be in the engine room.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Evans would be my first choice of those 3.

  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Our captain and CB being out jumped by papa smurf should ring alarm bells somewhere at the club.

  • Derek

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Our defense sucks and it is doubtful it’ll be improved this window,
    Our best player of last season is suspended in our next game against Man U,
    Our owner still hasn’t shown he’s not in it for profit alone and hasn’t sufficiently improved the squad,
    Our players are already starting to pick up injuries and we have very limited replacements,
    We are yet to win a game but have much tougher matches coming up

    And Ed says – but hey – be happy, because our 1 point in 2 games puts us above Sunderland and Chelsea. Oh how fantastic life is as a Newcastle fan. We could finish the season 18th and things would be great, because there will be above two “top” teams that finished below us.

    The fact the some fans are so ridiculously over-optimistic and unrealistic makes me realise just how easy it must be for Ashley to run this business (club) the way he does.

  • stan anderson

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Mitrovic is going to be like Tiote, more banned than what he plays for us.
    Makes no diff to him as he still gets paid,banned or not.
    2 bookings in about 20 mins.playing time.
    Think we,ve been had meself.
    Ashley OOT

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #15

    jib will be checking Google to see what position Papa Smurf plays at.

  • Macas

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #16

    McClaren is an idiot is he lets that loony carry on like he has been

  • Macas

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #17


  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah, but how to fit in Tiote, Wijnaldum, De Jong and Colback, assuming all are fit. De Jong has been here over a year, and we are none the wiser as to how good he is. But its hard to imagine McClaren won’t try to get him and Wiji in the same side, at least to see if it can work. I like Colback, but in the middle of the park, alongside Anita, that’s a functional pairing at best. Neat and tidy, but not at all imposing and you’d think they would just get overwhelmed by some of the more dynamic pairings they’d be confronted with, and there are many.

  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #19

    People miss the point, we’re the same team that almost got us relegated. We’ll be in another relegation battle this one also.
    After watching motd we’re probably the team that actually puts the least effort in.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Reports circulation in France via RMC and GFN that Marseille have accepted a 17 Euro bid for Thauvin and getting Cabella on loan.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #21

    oops 17 million Euros.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Cisse should not be starting, he should only be played in last 20 mins, if we need a goal. That’s when cisse is dangerous, cause he doesn’t need to get involved with link up. When momentum is on our side & we are pinning the opposition back. All he has to do is be at the right place at right time.

    We should always be starting with Mitrovic, he can hold up in the final third, & get others involved futher up the pitch. With cisse we have to work our way up to the final third.

    Understandable mitrovic looks like he’s goin to get a lot of cards, McClaren really has to calm him down.


    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #23

    17 mill for a player whos gona be worst than luque

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #24

    At one point last season we were fifth, and good for it. When Pardew left we were solidly ninth. His departure and injuries are a better explanation for the second half of the season, and also having nothing to play for. I don’t think last term tells us much about what will happen this time round.


    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #25

    insted get townsend

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Jimmy I agree it’s another gap. Anita and colback are not good enough. I think sdj will need to be a bit part player. Signed to be number 10 by pardew and schteve signed wijnaldum to do that. A nice issue to have. If only we had that dilemma at centre back.

    As it stands I don’t see perez playing much either. Schteve needs to find a formation he favours that fits what we have come 1st September.

    Against mufc I’d say 4411. Two solid banks of 4 with the added chance of goals at the other end.

    Mbemba saylor Colo Haidara
    Thauvin(hopefully) tiote Colback Aarons

  • Sav

    Aug 17, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #27

    Mitrovic announced himself that he would ‘kick defenders back’. Firstly, that is not what a tough attacker does as he will just make himself a target. Secondly, it is the Serb who is doing most of the kicking. Macca needs to nip this in the bud now, not defending him with ‘assassin’s eyes’ and ‘bit of the devil’ nonsense. Show some professionalism and discipline. So far it is yellow cards 2, shots on goal 0 from our no.45. Is Perez not going to get a shot as our no.10 this season? Why put on an unfit de Jong when hard-working and attacking Perez has earned a chance in this role?

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 17, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #28

    The signing of Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, along with the return to fitness of De Jong has no doubt pushed Perez down the pecking order. He will have to prove himself on the training pitch and in cameos off the bench and take his chance when it come, you’d imagine. Although opportunities are likely to be rarer this time roundfor hi. Most probably through they’ll come through injury or suspension, but with his talent he could force his way in on merit. He is slight though.

  • Klatoon

    Aug 17, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #29

    ” cisse playing fairly well ” really? Maybe Ed’s talking about Djibril

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 17, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Some twitter claiming thauvin will be arriving in Newcastle tomorrow. I really can’t understand this mediocre signing. A player who is worse than cabella I think.

  • lesh

    Aug 17, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #31


    Could it not be that Perez hasn’t appeared yet might be something to do with keeping him out of the limelight, out of the sight of predators?

  • Blofal

    Aug 17, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 2h2 hours ago
    Florian Thauvin expected on Tyneside tomorrow…. #NUFC

    These guys are generally pretty accurate. I know people have slated them over the Shaqiri thing but I do think we were interested as they said. McClaren isn’t going to say “we tried to get him but he thought Stoke was a better option”. They were also the first ones who reported Riviere and Janmaat.

    Not sold on Thauvin. A hot and cold player.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 17, 2015 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #33

    It still looks like the club is a shambles to me. If Ashley was serious Charnley and Carr would have been on their bikes with Carver and Stone. The squad is still brimful of players who have no place in the Premier League, and a number of them are in our best eleven, apparently. McClaren is obviously not a wizard with a magic wand who can change things instantly, but he has shown nothing to make me feel like he was the right choice. Everything about the club smacks of amateur hour. If Thauvin arrives it will be an absolute joke, couldn’t be a more inappropriate signing for our circumstances.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 5 hrs5 hours ago
    Just checked and seems to be some mileage in Thauvin news. Our contact reckons talks between the two clubs took place on Friday #NUFC

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 5 hrs5 hours ago
    Our earlier update with our man on the ground informs us #NUFC are still looking at adding 3 more to their squad before the window closes

  • expatmag

    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #36


    Hope you are keeping well.

    I will believe it when he is holding up a NUFC scarf at SJP.

    Soccer Sauce are just another bunch of great pretenders, trolling the web.

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #37

    In pain mate that’s why I am awake.

    Tbf Soccer Sauce has usually been spot on

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 17, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #38

    But nearly every media outlet has the Thauvin story

  • Reyantoon

    Aug 17, 2015 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #39

    To be fair to Thauvin,better to have him than the injury prone Marveaux,the inconsistent Obertan and the like.The lad has skills,holds the ball well and invites his teammates to play and attack.He also can play on the right wing,left wing,central mf,as well as behind a striker.He is good in set pieces too.When he arrives and starts to play,
    our attacking and creativity power will definitely improve by huge margin.Can’t see we’ll sign another central defender but after completing the Thauvin deal,the next signing will be either Austin or Rolan..!!

  • expatmag

    Aug 17, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #40


    Sorry to hear that. Hope it gets better soon.

    I see Ashley Cole has had his contract ripped up at Roma. It would be worth bringing him in for a season and have Haidara and Dummett learn from him.

    I dont know much about Thauvin but if he is quick creative and can score goals, he might be an asset.

    I dont see us going for another defender or forward unless we offload a few players.


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