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.
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.