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47 Yellow Cards And 6 Red Cards Has Newcastle Worried

11:36 pm, Saturday, September 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

The Express is reporting today that Steve McClaren is a worried man after Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up the 47th yellow card of his career, playing in the 2-0 win for Serbia against Armenia on Friday night.

That’s for a lad who is still only 20, and his red card for Newcastle last Saturday against Arsenal was the 6th red card of his career, and he picked up tow yellow cards in the first two games.

Mitrovic will now miss Newcastle’s next three games, and while the club make a big deal about how we check on the character of players we sign, we assume Newcastle also look at their discipline on the field.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic in action for Serbia

Steve McClaren has said he doesn’t want to take away the edge that Mitrovic has in his play – but that will not be much good if the lad keeps getting himself sent off while playing for Newcastle.

We had too many players miss games last season for picking up red cards and too many cautions.

A red card has two immediate effects – one is that Newcastle will likely lose that game, and then he will be suspended for a number of games, depending on whether he got two yellows or a straight red.

After paying around £14M for the young striker in the summer, we want to keep him on the field, and it may be the Newcastle head coach reverts to starting either Papiss Cisse or Ayoze Perez as the lone striker up front, and then bring on Mitrovic in the second half as a sub.

That would give Aleksandar time to acclimatize to English football, while at the same time he tries to be more disciplined in the types of tackles he puts in.

And it would also tend to restrict the damage to Newcastle if he gets himself sent off – at least it will not be after 16 minutes as it was against Arsenal.

Aleksandar’s discipline is proving to be a big challenge for Steve McClaren and the coaching staff at Newcastle – that’s for sure.

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Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Coaching · Euro 2016 · International News · Newcastle News · Premier League

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Ashley out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Don’t forget Ed Carver was a rest *rse 😀

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Reet damn you REET!

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    it’s not looking good for the new season of hope ha ha. We’ll survive relegation. Hurrah!

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Ha ha ha so funny you all have to live with yet another Ashley Out! For the night. It never gets old.

  • 6 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    I’ll not bother going for the record consecutive posts I’ve already set that one. Bon nuit!

  • 7 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Although it does have it’s merits

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:17 AM


  • 9 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM


  • 10 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Lonely place on an international weekend, this.

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Somewhere in the world the multi post alert must be sounding

  • 12 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Well, I suppose I should turn off the gas, make sure no lights left on…

  • 13 Tsunki // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    What’s the record anyway?

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Serena just levelled 1 set all.

  • 15 lesh // Sep 6, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    You feeling a bit lonely tsunki.

    Could you have been stood up tonight?

  • 16 lesh // Sep 6, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Ah young bettys….. It’s comforting that you came to ease tsunki’s isolation. Good man

  • 17 lesh // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:14 AM

    Good lord, the blog’s been quiet for hours.

    Tsunki tries in vain to establish contact with a fellow human, then bettywallocks popped up – they’ve vanished!

    What’s been going up there? Somebody, something induced toon fans into a deep sleep? Has the earth stood still?

    Scary, soo scary I’m posting from my nuke-proof bunker, deep under the South Downs.

  • 18 remember69 // Sep 6, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Ashley IN!!!!!!!

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 6, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    lesh…it’s because there really isn’t much to talk about these days…but plenty to fight about 😉

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Gøøt morgån

  • 21 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Are people having nervous breakdowns over the international weekend or something? Dear me.

    I don’t think im having this Rolando and Austin deal like, it just can’t be right. Why would Rolando want to go to QPR? I wouldn’t go if I was him and was already at a Premier League club.

  • 22 Derek // Sep 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Maybe everyone left because they are fed up with hearing about Charlie Austin?

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Where is everybody?

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Sep 6, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Can anybody work out this sack Llambias, firstly Ian Toon accuses me of posting under his name, we don’t hear from him for awhile then he posts an anti Ashley rant using all the phrases normally heard by me when talking about fatso and his ex sidekick. Then yesterday we have a series of nonsensical posts about what exactly ???

  • 25 lesh // Sep 6, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Thank gawd…. Thank you.

    Remember69, Jail, Jesper, Derek, ToonP and me… Is that it? Are we (well, maybe not me) the remnants of civilisation as we know it?

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