It’s now very obvious that Newcastle missed new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic in the three games he missed after being sent off via a straight red card after 16 minutes against Arsenal.
We lost that game 1-0 and then lost games against lesser opposition at West Ham and at home to both Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.
But then the lads came roaring back with a good 2-2 result at home against Chelsea with the 21 year-old striker back in the side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic against Chelsea
Mitrovic will lead the Newcastle line at Manchester City and Ayoze Perez will also be in the side which may be unchanged if Jack Colback is fit for the game.
Mitrovic knows he has to repay the side and he had this to say:
“It’s very difficult when you get a lot of kicks from defenders, but you have to stay calm and think about how to score goals.
“They kick you all game, but that is my position and I have to deal with it. I need to keep working on the mental side of things, but I have shown I can deal with all of that.”
“It has been a very difficult few weeks. It is always very difficult when you have to sit and watch a game but you cannot help your team-mates.”
“I am back now though, and I have learned a lot from the last few weeks. I will never do the same thing again.”
“Maybe it would have been different in other countries, but these are the rules and I know I cannot break them.”
“I am sure I am not the first or last player to get a red card, but the rules are the rules here and I need to respect them.”
“I can control myself. I got the red card, but I wanted to take the ball, I didn’t want to kick anybody.”
“I don’t want to get any more red cards, and I am sure I can control myself to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“I know I can play smart for the whole of a game, and I think I showed that against Chelsea. Okay, I didn’t get a goal against Chelsea, but I still kept on working as hard as I could.”
“I think we showed against Chelsea that we can play against big teams.”
“We have another very difficult game coming up against Manchester City – maybe even more difficult than last weekend’s because we play away.“
“But I think we have to go there to try to play football and win the game.” “We have to believe in ourselves. If we do that, the results will come for sure.”
“It is the way that we have to play every game. It doesn’t matter against who. We need to be aggressive and play with a lot of passion.”
Aleksandar has a terrific attitude and we need him to stay on the field because Newcastle seem to be a different and much better team with this young striker playing for us.
And who knows he could even get his first goal for us on Saturday.