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Mitrovic interview ‘I’m a real number 9 and the box is my place’

7 years ago

Aleksandar Mitrovic has revealed that Newcastle wanted to buy him last year and that their chase for him, allied with the fact that he was already a longstanding Newcastle fan,

The striker describes himself as a ‘real number 9’ and that with over half of his goal coming from headers, he thrives on crosses (message to Steve McClaren – winger who can cross the ball is urgently needed!).

Appreciating that it is a big step up to playing in the Premier League, Mitrovic is here because he wants to prove that he can do it against the very best.

Aleksandar Mitrovic taking to NUFC TV:

“I know last season that Newcastle asked for me and this season they showed that they really wanted me, this is the reason why I am here. Also, for a long time I am a fan of Newcastle (when at Partizan he said in an interview that Newcastle were his favourite other club and the Premier League his preferred league) and I follow Newcastle and I am proud to be here.

“I did have other clubs but Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here in front of these amazing fans and amazing stadium. It’s a really nice atmosphere what I can see on the television and I can’t wait for my first game.”

Alan Shearer is a real legend:

“(Asked about his style) I’m aggressive, strong and a goalscorer. I’m a real number 9 and the box is my place. I like the strikers who have played here, from Alan Shearer to Papiss (Cisse). The big names – I hope I can do something like them.

“Alan Shearer is a real legend, this is the style that I like and how I want to play.”

Using your head:

“I think I scored 14 or 15 goals (28 in all competition altogether) with my head last season, I like crosses into the box and feel really comfortable to be there in the box. I’m not quick but fast for my size.

“It is a stronger league than Belgium, better players , it will be really really difficult but I’m here to show that I can play in this league.”

Good luck to our new striker, if he proves to be half as good as Alan Shearer then we will have landed an absolute bargain.


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