Aleksandar Mitrovic has had a tough start to his Newcastle career, and in his four league games he’s picked up two yellow cards and a straight red against Arsenal – last time out.
Steve McClaren says it’s a case of over enthusiasm from the young Serbian striker, and he needs to calm down just a little buit.
McClaren has also said that Aleksandar works his tail off in training and never wants to stop.
Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off against Arsenal
This is what Newcastle’s head coach has said about his new striker Mitrovic:
“Absolutely we’ve got to revise our approach.” “We’ve spoken a lot and I think it’s the over enthusiasm and wanting to do so well.”
“From day one that’s what we’ve seen. We’ve said to him, “Don’t work so hard!”. He wants to work day and night.”
“That over enthusiasm has led to him getting a reputation in such a short time. And we’re like, “Woah, where did that come from?”
“It’s always the same when players join clubs and have a big move, they want to do well.” “But he’s been getting himself in trouble.”
“There was no maliciousness in the tackle, it was just clumsy.” ‘But you’ve seen in his general play he’s quite aggressive anyway.”
“We don’t want to take that away but he needs to calm down.” “He needs to have the fire in the belly but the ice in the head. He needs to control his emotions and he knows that.”
“He will identify that himself but he wants to score that first goal.” “His first goal doesn’t have to be spectacular but it will come.”
“We’ve told him not to force it, which is something he’s been doing.”
Aleksandar will now have to wait three games to add to his total of four appearances for Newcastle, and we look forward to his first goal for the Magpies.
While at Anderlcht for the last two seasons Aleksandar, who turns 21 on Wednesday, scored 44 goals in 90 appearances.
We also don’t need any more red cards from any Newcastle player this season.