Steve McClaren seems to have talked some sense into Aleksandar Mitrovic since he was sent off against Arsenal after only 16 minutes for a bad tackle.
He has cut out the wild tackles and he’s been more composed on the field and he’s starting to play very well and the 21 year-old has hit two goals in the last two games for us.
Steve McClaren congratulates Aleksandar Mitrovic last Sunday
Steve McClaren doesn’t seem to be too worried about Aleksandar for the derby game at Sunderland on Sunday.
This is what Steve has said about the Serbian International striker:
“He has played smart. I would say he has been playing smart and that is what we have been telling him.”
“We knew there was a bit of the devil to be perfectly honest and that has added to our team game. We need that but we need control and that is the key on Sunday.”
“You can play smart and be ineffective but play on the line and play smart.”
“He got sent off against Arsenal and could have been against Southampton and they were not derbies, but that was a willingness to win and playing on the edge. On that line.”
“We know that this game, externally and around it, it is huge. We have got to have our attitudes and preparation and focus spot on. And if it is not, we could easily get into trouble.”
Aleksandar is starting to look like the player we thought we had signed in the summer and he can get some goals for us this season – Sunday’s goal was really great.
And Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic are three of our best performers these days and young Ayoze Perez is also continuing to improve and has nailed down a starting place at the club.
Let’s hope our lads turn up for the game on Sunday at Sunderland and if they do – we can win it – and that would give us 7 points from the last four games.