If Aleksandar Mitrovic expects to have a long term stay at Newcastle, then he must get his discipline under control and Rafa Benitez will have noted the 21 year-old could have cost us the game on Sunday, with the daft foul he committed on Kyle Walker.
The score was 2-1 after 68 minutes when the Serbian international received a straight red card for a challenge, which could have resulted in Kyle’s lower leg being broken.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – after scoring with a great header against Spurs
And because he was also sent off with a straight red at the beginning of the season against Arsenal, it means he will miss the first four games in the Championship next season.
Mitrovic has also been criticized for the foul by his idol Alan Shearer – and Alan has said the young striker doesn’t seem to be learning – so let’s hope Mitro takes heed of the good advice from the Newcastle legend.
He is an excellent prospect and we really like the lad a lot, but discipline is what’s missing at the moment, although we still have to remember he’s still only 21.
Rafa will make him in to a much better striker in years to come.
The 21 year-old just seems to love playing for Newcastle and he is sorry for the relegation in his first season on Tyneside:
“I am sorry about relegation but Newcastle is too big a club and I hope that we will soon return to the elite.”
“On a personal level I’m happy, I could not have given more, but I was however, making my debut in the strongest league in the world. At the moment I am living my dream in Newcastle.”
“I hope to be at the club for many years and I will be a legend. Of course many children are dreaming of playing for Real, Barca, Manchester United – I always just wanted to wear the shirt of Partizan, Newcastle and my country.”
“The footage (of the foul) looks much more serious than it really was – it was a big fuss as far as I am concerned.”
On the positive side Aleksandar scored on Sunday with just a beautiful header in the first half to put Newcastle 2-0 up.
It was a lesson from the youngster on how to head a ball text-book style.
As soon as Benitez arrived on Tyneside he mentioned what a good header of the ball Mitro was – and that the players had got to get better service into the young striker.
We expect that Rafa will bring in quite a few new players into the club this summer with an emphasis on strengthening the defense and he is likely to bring in one or two strikers too – a position which has also been a weakness of the team.
We can expect the new signings to fix the problems that have been at Newcastle now for at least two years – and why it has taken this long to do that is a very good question.