With Steve McClaren having confirmed that Aleksandar Mitrovic will start against Chelsea, the Serbian striker has been reflecting on the time he has spent suspended.
Mitrovic says he was ‘too emotional’ when he played against Arsenal but has learnt his lesson.
The former Anderlecht striker says that the price (approx £13m) Newcastle paid adds a little pressure but that is not the biggest problem.
Instead Mitrovic describes it (his biggest problem) as being ‘I have wanted everything now’, in other words he has been trying too hard to impress in the opening games and gone over the line in terms of attracting the referees’ attention.
It is ironic that Mitrovic has the problem of trying too hard, when the media report tales (as well as the perception of many fans believing the same) of players not even wanting to play for the club despite their massive wages, never mind the lack of effort by some when they get on the pitch – which is evident to us all.
Aleksandar Mitrovic speaking to The Sun:
“Against Arsenal, I was too emotional, but I’ve learnt a lot from this red card.
“I want to show that I can control my emotion and my aggression and stay calm in certain situations.
“I hope I can now show everybody in the next few weeks that I am a calm guy.
“Sport is dirty if you want to win the game but I’m not a dirty player. I will use everything that I can in sport conditions, but I don’t want to kick or injure anybody.
The problem that I have is…:
“The people close to me know who I am – a really nice, family guy. Maybe on the pitch I look a little bit more aggressive, but that is only because I want to win every ball and every game.
“The problem has been that I have wanted everything now. It is an emotional problem. My price of 18 million euros is a little bit of pressure.”