Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally seems to be questioning the age of Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is currently injured at the moment and is expected to be out at least two weeks.
McInally was appearing on Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports last Saturday and he admitted he didn’t realize Mitrovic had only turned 21 last September.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – just 21
This is some of what McInally said about Mitro:
“I didn’t realise he was 21,” “I honestly thought he was 25, 26.” “I genuinely, genuinely thought he was a little bit older, and because of that, I thought he should have done better.”
Mitrovic was born in Smederevo in FR Yugoslavia on 16 September 1994.
And as my mother used to say about somebody who looked older than their years – he must worry a lot.
Presumably McInally is less willing to criticize the youngster given that he has only turned 21.
As a comparison, when Alan Shearer was Mitro’s age, which would be at the end of 1991, he had scored about 30 goals in his career for Southampton after about 125 appearances.
In Alan’s first 50 games for the Saints he scored 8 goals, which was through the 1989-1990 season when he had just turned 20.
Alan Shearer made his debut for the Saints back in March of 1988 at Stamford Bridge as a 17 year-old and when he joined Blackburn in 1992 he really started to hit the goal trail.
Alan Shearer is Mitro’s idol and the youngster has scored 74 goals in 180 first team appearances so far in his career and has 5 Premier League goals in 23 appearances so far this season for us.
So Mitro has plenty of time to develop yet – although we need him scoring goals in the next 12 games once he’s fit again.
Alan Shearer ended up with 43 goals in 158 appearances for Southampton and then his goal scoring really took off at Blackburn where Alan hit 130 goals in 171 appearances and at Newcastle he scored a record 206 goals in 405 appearances for us breaking Jackie Milburn’s record of 200 goals.
What player and Jackie wasn’t too bad either!