Steve McClaren Has A Big Challenge With This Player

Newcastle fans have appreciated the enthusiasm and skill they have seen from new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, but he’s been a bit of a liability in his first few games for Newcastle, picking up two yellow cards and then a straight red card against Arsenal – which lost us the game – and now he’s going to be out for three games through suspension.

The Serbian needs to settle down, but we are afraid he’s already a marked man by referees, and we’ll just have to wait and see whether he can have more control on the field, when he returns.

aleksandar mitrovic recieved red card

Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off against Arsenal
We’d much rather see him scoring goals


It certainly will be a challenge to Steve McClaren’s coaching capabilities and man-management skills.

Former Arsenal center-back Martin Keown has taken a look at Newcastle’s four senior signings this summer, and the £52.6M in net spending Lee Charnley and the Newcastle Board shelled out.

This is what Martin has said in his column in the Mail today:

“I think Florian Thauvin could become a good player but he can be a bit excitable, which is certainly the case with Aleksandar Mitrovic who is definitely a little over-zealous.”

“Newcastle fans love their passion but he needs to stay on the pitch! ”   “We’re only getting cameos with him so far and he needs to spend more time in front of goal rather than talking to referees.”

“Georginio Wijnaldum scored that magnificent header on the opening day and Chancel Mbemba looks like he could become a good partner for Fabricio Coloccini.”

“The players Newcastle have brought in certainly look like they can improve this side and with several long-standing servants leaving the club it almost feels like a new era.”

“They look better organised and more of a team this season, but now they need to start scoring goals.”

That seems to the conventional wisdom about Newcastle so far this season, it’s a well coached side and every player seems to know exactly what’s expected of them,  and our defense in the last two league games has actually looked quite strong.

That’s a nice change.

Aleksandar Mitrovic will have several conversations with McClaren over the next few weeks during his absence from the side.

It will be interesting when he returns to the side, to see if he has learned from his red card episode, which simply cost us the game against Arsenal.

He’s still a young man of course, and  turns 21 in 12 days time and is full of enthusiasm, but that youthful vigor has to be controlled.

We certainly don’t want to see him sent off again this season, and as Steve McClaren has had to say quite a few times this season already, we must keep 11 players on the field if we want to win games.

And we want to start winning games just as quickly as possible, and have Aleksandar scoring those goals for us.

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