Interviewed earlier today, new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic said that Alan Shearer is one of his favourite ever players and also the style of player he models himself on.
The boyhood Newcastle fan from Serbia has now had the compliment returned by the Newcastle legend.
Alan Shearer welcoming the Anderlecht striker to St James Park and saying that if the new signing scores goals, the fans will ‘adore’ him.
Using his Twitter account Shearer said:
“Welcome to @NUFC #AleksandarMitrović If you score goals at this club, the fans will adore you. I hope you have as much fun as I did!”
In that first interview after signing a five year deal, Mitrovic described himself as ‘a real number 9’ with a strong and aggressive style.
“(Asked about his style) I’m aggressive, strong and a goalscorer. I’m a real number 9 and the box is my place. I like the strikers who have played here, from Alan Shearer to Papiss (Cisse). The big names – I hope I can do something like them.
“Alan Shearer is a real legend, this is the style that I like and how I want to play.”
Whilst the team had its ups and downs whilst Alan Shearer was at United, he was fortunate to have any number of players who helped create the chances and space for him to break Jackie Milburn’s all time record.
The list is impressive: Ginola, Bellamy, Robert, Dyer, Solano, Ferdinand, Lee, Beardsley, Speed and apologies to anybody who I forgot.
Mitrovic also said in his interview that he scores at least half of his goals with his head, so let’s hope that his new teammates are up to that challenge of providing the bullets for him to get the goals.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 21, 2015