Rafa Benitez has acted instantly and brought in extra specialist coaching help to get the best out of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian striker was much sought after when Newcastle landed him in a big money deal last summer – but has only in flashes shown the form and goals that he is clearly capable of.

Mitrovic, possibly more than any other Newcastle player, suffering under Steve McClaren’s failed management and negative tactics.

Whilst the Newcastle United No.45 looked to have stepped up his game at Leicester on Monday, along with a number of other players, Rafa Benitez has still gone ahead with some extra specialist help to get the most out of this key player.

‘Superior Striker’ is the brainchild of former striker Allan Russell.

The 35 year old played for the likes of Kilmarnock and Hamilton in Scotland, as well as a number of clubs in the lower leagues in England, as well as a spell in America in his final years as a player.

However, after developing a ‘striker specific’ on and off pitch training programme, Russell has become one of the most ‘sought after young coaches in Europe’.

Ahead of the derby, on Friday Aleksandar Mitrovic was put through his paces for the first time under the supervision of the Superior Striker programme, Benitez seeing the extra coaching as invaluable with a relegation fight well and truly on.

This is a snippet from Alan Russell’s website explaining the background to the Superior Striker programme and what it can do to help the likes of Alesandar Mitrovic reach his full potential:

‘Superior Striker is a complete striker specific on and off the field training programme designed by ex Pro Allan Russell to maximize the overall performance of attacking players.

Allan is now one of the most sought after young coaches in Europe and is considered the finest individual striker coach in world football and a pioneer in striker specific training.

Allan has a client list full of Premier league, top European, Champions league and International players all seeing instant and long lasting results and improvements in their game.

Every element and fine detail of what it takes to become a world class goal scorer has been implemented into the design and methods of this program.

The technical, physical, tactical and mental science of how to establish your self as a ruthless and consistent goal scorer are just some of the objectives covered to take your career beyond the levels you aspire to.’