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.
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.