Newcastle fans were delighted in the summer when we signed Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, and we were surprised the Magpies were able to get the top young striker to the club.
He was scoring lots of goals in Belgium over the last two seasons and he looked like a top young striker on his way to making a name for himself in football.
A happy Aleksandar Mitrovic after the draw at Old Trafford
But since then he’s been seen to be good but very raw and the big problem we’ve seen is his innate ability to pick up cautions.
In his first four games for the club he picked up two yellows and a red card against Arsenal – all for poor tackles.
The League Cup game on Wednesday is the third and final game that Aleksandar will be out for, and he will be available for selection against Chelsea at home on Saturday.
But we doubt whether Steve McClaren will start him in that game, simply because the last thing we want is for him to be sent off again.
That cost us in the Arsenal game and even with Mitrovic sent off after 16 minutes we still held the Gunners to only 1-0.
We’ll never know how well we could have done in the game if we could have kept 11 men on the pitch.
Since the Arsenal game we have been unable to show that same resilience in defense.
Mitrovic has the ability to score goals and that’s what we’ve been missing and Papiss Cisse is out of form.
It even looked like Papiss was not too interested in the first half against Watford.
It will take some time for Mitrovic to settle down in the Premier League, but this should be a lesson learned by the Newcastle Board of Directors.
Players from the continent are a risk and can take some time to settle in and some just don’t make it.
Players with Premier League experience are not such a big risk and take much less time to settle in.
We’ve got to think we would be in a much better predicament now if he had brought Charlie Austin in over the summer.
But don’t expect anybody on the Newcastle Board to ever admit that – money was again more important than the squad in the case of Newcastle refusing to sign the QPR striker.
That’s something former Newcastle midfield star Rob Lee keeps writing about – that we should have even paid the £15M for Charlie.
On the evidence of the first six league games played, Rob looks to be right on that.