He might not have got on the scoresheet or finished on the winning side but Aleksandar Mitrovic’ debut for Newcastle saw him give a wholehearted performance at Bootham Crescent last night.

Afterwards, Steve McClaren declared that he was going to prove a ‘handful’ this season for opposing teams and says that whilst he always has a smile on his face, the Serbian striker is ‘a bit of a devil’ when he gets on the pitch.

Newcastle lost 2-1 to York City but the United Head Coach was keen to talk about the positives of at last getting his new striker onto the pitch.

With Mitrovic rusty from lack of training and having just joined up with his new teammates 24 hours before last night’s match, McClaren believes the former Anderlecht forward will be a real asset once he gets into the full swing of things.

Steve McClaren:

“Delighted to do that (give Mitrovic his debut). He has only been with us yesterday (Tuesday), a light training session and then played tonight for 70 minutes, you can see he is going to be a handful.

“He hasn’t trained (properly) for a couple of weeks and needs minutes, you could see though from his movement and runs that he’s a good player.”

Bit of a devil:

“He has trained back in Belgium but because of his ongoing transfer saga he has missed some days. We only expected a half from him but he wanted more and it shows his enthusiasm on the field so we’re pleased to get him on.

“He’s a good lad and has a smile on his face….once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil.”