Aleksandar Mitrovic admits playing for Newcastle in the Premier League is more difficult than anything he’s done before.

Having scored 49 goals from 83 starts (plus a few as sub) at Partizan Belgrade and Anderlecht, the Serbian striker has found goals harder to come by at United.

The penalty against Manchester United was his fourth this season and from 14 starts (plus four as sub), he hopes that one day the goals will flow more freely.

Coming from a place as intense as Serbia, it is high praise indeed for Mitrovic to talk so passionately about football being like ‘a culture, a religion’ on Tyneside.

Pointing out as well the religious type fervour the supporters have for the pub before every match as well.

Despite the lack of goals, the number 45 feels he has now played some of his best football in his career at Newcastle but not got the goals to show for it.

Certainly in more open attacking games such as those against Manchester United and West Ham, Mitrovic has looked a far more effective player.

Newcastle United have to most definitely play to the former Anderlecht player’s strengths because at the minute there certainly is no plan b when it comes to attacking options.

Aleksandar Mitrovic talking to BBC Newcastle:

“It’s much more difficult than the football I’ve played before.

“I have played some of the best football in my life, the difference is that in Belgium I played well and scored goals.

“Here, I play good but the goals don’t come, but I’ll keep working and hopefully one day it will come.”

“Football here is like a culture, a religion, every game the people know they will be at the stadium, before the game in the pub.

“Every game it’s a full stadium and it is an amazing place to play and to score goals.”

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