Aleksandar Mitrovic at last made his first appearance for Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The former Anderlecht striker putting himself about at Bootham Crescent but seeing the chances that came his way, fail to hit the back of the net.

With his all action playing style and the fact that Alan Shearer was his idol when a kid, Mitrovic has been described as the ‘Serbian Shearer’.

However, with his quotes after that York debut, he may need to be renamed the ‘Serbian Supermac’.

For those of tender years, Malcolm MacDonald was famed for (as well as his goals and ability) shouting the odds and making confident predictions. The fans used to lap it up because we all love larger than life characters, especially those with ability.

It did at times backfire in spectacular fashion, no time more so than before the 1974 FA Cup Final, when Supermac told anybody who’d listen just what he would do to the scousers on the day…


Aleksandar Mitrovic has not quite matched that level of prediction just yet, but he has said that he is sure he’ll score in his first competitive Newcastle match against Southampton.

Confidence is essential in a centre-forward and Mitrovic appears full of it, let’s hope his prediction comes true and he gets off to a flyer with both goals and confidence.

With our defence it looks like we may well need that at the other end of the pitch.

Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to the official club website:

“It was an amazing feeling to play in the Newcastle shirt for the first time, in front of so many Newcastle fans, they were behind us the whole game

“If it felt that good playing in front of 2,000 then I can’t wait for 52,000 – I’m really looking forward to my first game at St. James Park.”

Two lucky goals:

“I have only had one training session and now one game so far. I am going to need one or two games more to learn all about the team and how they play, but we’ve a really good coach and I’ve already seen how good the players are here, so looking forward to playing for the team.

“(Against York) we were playing well, we kept the ball well and had everything in our hands but we conceded two lucky goals and lost the game.”

Bring on Southampton:

“I was doing everything to score but I was a little unlucky, maybe it will happen on Saturday or if not then against Southampton, that’s the most important game and I am sure I will score in that one.

“For me, it is important that I started to play games, this was my first game of pre season and I felt really good on the pitch – I hope Saturday’s match against Borussia Monchengladbach will be better.”

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