Steve McClaren says that summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic is desperate.

That is desperate:

To do well

To score goals

To show the fans what he is about

The Newcastle Head Coach says that this desperation, or ‘over-enthusiasm’ has led to his early season problem with referees.

McClaren stating that the striker was guilty of no more than being clumsy against Arsenal, rather than anything malicious.

Despite believing it was just a clumsy act on the player’s part, the Newcastle boss says that the club made a lot of enquiries about appealing against the red card, speaking to ‘a lot of people’.

However, the response they got back was that Newcastle United would be wasting their time.

Plus of course if they had appealed, then they would have run the risk of the three match ban becoming four, if it was judged a spurious appeal.

Steve McClaren speaking to the media on Friday, asked about the Mitrovic dismissal:

“We enquired a lot, we looked at that game, we felt…we talked to a lot of people and found that we would be wasting our time. In hindsight, looking at it…we didn’t do that and it is a lesson for Mitrovic.

“I think it is frustrating, he is so desperate to do well, so desperately wants to score, so desperately wants to show the fans what he is about.

“His over-enthusiasm…it was a clumsy challenge, not malicious has cost him dearly.”