Aleksandar Mitrovic failed to match his record opening day substitute appearance, this time talking 90 seconds against Swansea before he ended up in the referee’s book.

Against Southampton, as soon as the whistle blew after his introduction, Mitrovic was on his way and cleared out a Saints defender in his first bit of Premier League action.

On Saturday it was another left-back, Swansea’s Neil Taylor, who the Serbian striker came into contact with, but despite the two players then squaring up to each other, after the match the Welsh international said the pair ‘laughed’ about it.

With Papiss Cisse totally anonymous at the Liberty Stadium, many fans are looking for Mitrovic to get a proper chance sooner rather than later.

When United went 2-0 down on Saturday, supporters were surprised to see Rolando Aarons and not the new signing from Anderlecht, take to the pitch.

Meaning that Newcastle effectively had no recognisable striker on the pitch.

Whilst Mitrovic has grabbed headlines for his bookings, in his 20 or so minutes of Premier League football he has also suggested that he can make an impact in a more positive way and prove a real handful for defenders.

Neil Taylor:

“We just clashed in a tackle and he (Mitrovic) looks like a guy who wants to win a lot and is hot tempered, he was probably sent on the pitch to make something happen.

“He was fine afterwards and we shook hands and laughed about it, it just happens on a football pitch but he looked a good player, he just wants to put himself about.”


“We played really well on Saturday, went ahead and were dominating the game from start to finish.

“The sending off almost killed the game off for them – it can be more difficult when you are against 10 men but it wasn’t on Saturday. We kept moving the ball well and we could have got more (goals).”

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