It has to be a worry to Newcastle that Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off yesterday after only 16 minutes and that in his first four games he has picked up two yellows cards and one red now – and at only 20 years old – that’s the sixth red card of his career.
Mitrovic getting he red card
That sending off cost us the game, and Aleksandar will not be available for three games now since any appeal from Newcastle will surely fail, because the lad went in way over the top in his challenge.
This is what analyst Richard Keys of beIN, who was at Sky Sports for a long time, said about the challenge yesterday:
Mitrovic is a silly boy. Only 20. 6 career reds now. Nailed on today. It was a nasty challenge. He got away with one like it at Swansea.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 29, 2015
The more we see the TV replays of the incident, the more it looks like the red card was justified, because he does go over the top in his challenge on Francis Coquelin, who of course duly writhes around on the pitch in complete and utter agony.
The really bad news is that it seems the referees are now on the lookout for Mitrovic, and if he doesn’t change his ways more red cards could be in his future.
That is not good for Newcastle, and somehow Steve McClaren and his coaching staff have to show Aleksandar the error of his ways.
What do you think?