Newcastle Player Finally Admits It – I’m Not Normal On The Pitch


Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed from Anderlecht in the summer of last year for about £13M and of course things did not go well for us under Steve McClaren and we were finally relegated to the Championship for the second time in just seven years.

But some of out players immediately vowed to stay with the side and promised to fight this season to get us back while others wanted out of the door as quickly as possible.

Aleksandar was a player who never thought of leaving Newcastle, which has been his favorite club ever since he was a young boy growing up in Serbia.

Aleksander Mitrovic Rafa Benitez Hands On Shoulders

Rafa Benitez tries to talk to Aleksandar Mitrovic
This was against Sunderland when he had received a head injury


Mitro is already a huge crowd favorite because if the way he fights and plays his heart out for the club.

But he is also a challenge for any manager to control and we saw some of that indiscipline on Tuesday night when he argued with Matt Ritchie to take the penalty and then ripped his shirt off after scoring and got a cheap yellow card.

Mitro has given a long and interesting interview in the Telegraph and he has finally admitted what we already knew about him – he is not normal on the pitch.

🙂

Here’s some more of that great interview:

“At all big clubs there is pressure,” “They all want to win and expect to win. But the best thing here is you don’t have to win every game for the fans to love you.”

“You just have to give everything, to fight to the end.” “That’s the Serbian way. That’s the way we approach things, especially in sport.”

“We are a small country, but if we want something, we will fight for it.”

“It’s maybe part of the history of the country, it’s just our mentality.” “We are small but strong. I think Newcastle fans respect that.”

“I’m not normal on the pitch, but away from it, I am a family guy. I do normal things, the same things you do.”

“On the pitch, something changes. Even when I play my brother at FIFA, I get so angry, I want to kick him when I lose.”  “It’s just something in me, when I play the game, I want to win.”

“Everything to win the game. I’ve always been like that, since I first started playing football.”

Slowly but surely Aleksandar seems to be maturing under Rafa Benitez, but he some way to go yet before he gets his wild instincts under control.

But Rafa will know what to do and Mitro can still become a great center forward for us in the future, when we are really hoping big things will happen at the club with Rafa in charge.

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77 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib,
    How is a draw suddenly looking a good result just because Gayle is out?

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  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    With all this focus on big Al I think Perez could be the starter.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally still think if he doesn’t show drastic improvements this season he’ll not have much of a career at NUFC

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  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail
    Do you always just read the last sentence of every post ?
    I gave my reasons – the draw being a good result was the concluding sentence of my post.

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib is just managing expectations in the classical way.
    Ripping them a new one would be nice, but I’m sure Rafa will get them in the right mindset and approach the game in a pragmatic way. We seem to learn lessons better than before.

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  • anthc

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    This lad is almost everything I want in a toon player. Heart on his sleeve, passion, aggression(maybe a little too much at times) and willing to die for the cause.
    He might not be a world superstar (yet) but if he gets stuck in and gives 110% effort I’ll take that every day of the week.
    If that’s not enough he also loves the toon and wants his kid to be a geordie! Wor mitro!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib,
    So just because Gayle is possibly out you think that Grayson, UEFA elite manager wannabee will have us sussed and all of a sudden PNE have become league champion contenders?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    sitc,
    In all due respect Jib doesn’t ‘alf talk bollix.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Gotta love that man. Hey if i was a top footballer i cud say same. Supporting since 7 in a different country, listing to bastia game on radio, meegan debut etc, from ireland. Munsters on fire!!

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  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    sitc
    The Toon army always gets way too optimistic way too easily and quickly.

    I think Rafa realises this .

    His gift for looking way ahead is truly remarkable and will stand us in good stead.

    In a way the Wolves loss in the league was a much needed “calm the f@ck down” moment – this could well be another.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster, antc,
    He wants his son to be a Geordie and he had to share a dressing room with Sissoko, no wonder we got relegated.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    New bingo due to gayle injury sels yedlin lascelles clarke dummett shelvey hayden ritchie diame gouffy mitro. Jail i’m assuming i can submit this without breaking rules 🙂

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  • Goofy

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Love Mitro’s passion but on the whole ” it’s the Serbian way”me thinks not. The majority of the young men jumped ship seeking refuge elsewhere whenthe war broke out. I could understand the Women, Children and old wanting out but not the young men who should’ve stayed and fought for there country. Rant over.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    “We were going to play virtually a completely different style and system from Tuesday evening to confound the plans of Simon Grayson.
    I hope our contingency plans are well advanced (how late in training was Gayle’s hammy tweak?)

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    How is sissoko doing at spurs? I havent been following them? Knob.

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  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail
    I have just had a slap the head “EUREKA” moment.

    You ain’t the thicko I thought .

    You are just an idle bugger who just skims the posts because they make your head hurt.

    Then you wonder why people get annoyed when you miss so much of what is said and ask for clarification.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    His gift for looking way ahead is truly remarkable and will stand us in good stead.
    So which one is it Jib. Will his remarkable gift for planning ahead see us win the game or will his plan collapsing on Gayles hamstring see us scrape a point.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Goofy i wudnt be saying that to the Partizan ultras. Most of these guys make English hooligans look soft .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Munster.
    If you’very already submitted one it’s too late I’m afraid.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail
    Its almost as if he says these things to get a reaction

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    WW…,
    His consistency in talking rubbish is highlighted more at his accusations of everyone else being given a footy know nowt.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    Being given???? This predictive text is bloody annoying

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail
    Are u suggesting we arent all fools basking in Jibs endless knowledge on football? Haha

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  • Budge123

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail – thanks for response on previous thread to Bingo rules.

    Jib – surely the contingency plan you mention is play the line up that just beat them 6-0. And 6 flattered them could easy have been 11.

    Yes they will change players but they were light years away from us on Tuesday.

    So Gayle out for match isn’t a disaster but an inconvenience.

    Toon to win whatever team we play.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    WW

    The very definition of a WUM….

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Keep on keeping everyone’s feet on the ground Rafa. Keeping the head when all around are losing theirs, too high or too low. That’s another skill we now have at our disposal with Rafa.

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Everything about Rafa just makes SM and JC ( the one with the cones I mean 🙂 look more and more ridiculous.

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    @Goofy, 13 – Don’t want to take the topic off football but do you know much about the Yugoslav wars? Cause I can’t help but think you wouldn’t call for more Serbian aggression/fighting if you did. Serbia as a country was never under threat but instead the wars were driven by a crazed Serbian dictator’s plans for expansion; the vast majority of the fighting happened outside of Serbia; and there were very few Serbian Serb refugees (in fact huge numbers of people sought refuge in Serbia).

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #29

    AC
    Certainly is squire, that coupled with his inability to have a discussion adds up to a questionable poster in my eyes

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    WW…,
    In one post he pretty much states that the managers only plan has gone up in smoke due to a late injury and we’ll do well to get a point, then accuses me of not reading his post properly. In the next breath he’s saying our managers remarkable gift of hindsight plans for everything. Talk enough bollix and you’ll get something right eventually. A broken clock is right twice a day.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    tino

    I used to teach Bosnian refugees. Some of their personal stories were heart-breaking.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail
    Well if u argue both sides u cant be wrong

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  • PUMMELLER

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail i agree. How does gayle being out mean all of a sudden a draw is a good result!? Mitrovic will be even more pumped for today and i wanted him to start anyway! Shame to not have gayle to bring on if needed but perez in good form too!
    To be clear. Gayle being out does not mean preston suddenly are world beaters

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  • Jib

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Wow the deadly trio

    Jail AC and WWSBRD

    “Jail
    “In the next breath he’s saying our managers remarkable gift of hindsight”

    I actually said “his gift for looking way ahead is truly remarkable”

    gulp !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    PUMMELLER,
    I don’t know a lot about agricultural methods in eighteenth century Bolivia so tend not to talk about them. Jib should do the same.

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  • Oldgit1

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36

    Mitro needn’t worry about not being normal on the pitch, there are a few bloggers on here that are not normal on this site.
    Always the same ones who wants to pick an argument. Thought we got rid, but just like a bad smell they still hang around.

    It would be good if they put there aggression into supplying us with a good football topic to discuss rather than engaging in sniping fellow bloggers. Pathetic.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    Jib Jibberish – in training for any up and coming blog rucks.

    https://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/funny-russians-2-42.jpg

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  • Oldgit1

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    Oh there’s another one. They are all coming out of the wood work now.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #39

    “When Sunderland appointed the excellent David Moyes in the summer, it was expected that he would end their cycle of relegation escapes. And it looks like he will: on current form, they’ll be relegated by February.”

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 29, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Oldgit
    Surely by joining in with ‘sniping fellow bloggers’ and offering no footballing topic to discuss uve fallen into doing what ur complaining about no?

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