Alan Shearer laid into Aleksandar Mitrovic after Newcastle’s startling 5-1 win over Tottenham.
The Serbian striker was recalled in place of Papiss Cisse and after getting an assist for Wijnaldum’s opening goal and an excellent headed on of his own, what could possibly go wrong?
Unfortunately, for whatever reason the 21 year old forward was also showing the petulant side of his game and as Alan Shearer pointed out, even before his 67th minute sending off, Mitrovic had already embarrassed himself with a few dodgy challenges and in particular, trying to seemingly intimidate the referee after being blown up for one foul.
However, it was the shocking ‘tackle’ on Kyle Walker that was the big talking point. Fans at the game obviously thinking the Spurs defender had made far too much of it to get Mitrovic get sent off, only for TV replays to show just how cowardly and malicious the incident was.
Alan Shearer says that Mitrovic has to start learning with five reds (six if you include international football) already at his young age.
Newcastle are now set to be missing the striker for a likely four game ban at the start of next season, just what we need at the onset of what is sure to be a tough long season, when you desperately need to get off to a good start.
With 36 appearances (including 23 starts), Mitrovic has scored nine goals and picked up two red and four yellow cards.
Alan Shearer says you can make allowances sometimes with outstanding players but certainly you couldn’t say that about the Serbian forward this season.
Some indications of ability despite his shocking lack of mobility but if he doesn’t wise up quickly, Championship defences are going to have so much fun winding him up and adding to the Mitrovic red card collection.
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:
“This was terrible today, one of his first challenges he is standing over the Spurs player and then looks at the referee as if he wants to do something serious to him.
“He has had five red cards in his career and he is 21 years of age, the penny has not dropped and he is not learning.
“This challenge (on Kyle Walker) is horrific, it is a leg breaker – it is a terrible tackle and he is probably going to miss four games of next season.
“It is not as if he was brilliant all season and scoring goals because you might look at it and say, ‘You know what, we can accept it because he has been brilliant’, but he hasn’t.
“He has to start learning.”