Jamie Redknapp has picked out Aleksandar Mitrovic as a player who could become a Newcastle United ‘hero’.
Before the match against Chelsea, Redknapp said that Newcastle would definitely get beat by the blues, but that it was vital that they ‘just show some desire’.
He stated that all the fans wanted to see was their team not being so easy to play against, that the players had to work hard and put some challenges in.
That change was epitomised by Aleksandar Mitrovic who led the line superbly and took some punishment along the way, which thankfully he didn’t react to.
By keeping his cool, leading by example and getting the crowd going, Mitrovic ticked all the boxes that had been left empty in recent matches.
Apart from one first half cross the service was almost non-existent in terms of crosses to the Serbian striker.
Seen as he scores over half of his goals with his head, that is something that Steve McClaren still has a long way to go in terms of solving, having bought a big centre-forward who is class in the air – he still needs to get the service!
Jamie Redknapp talking to The Mail after the match:
“I thought that Aleksandar Mitrovic was excellent.
“Yes, he has had some disciplinary problems but he plays with an edge and I liked what I saw.
“He could become a bit of a Toon hero.”
Jamie Redknapp speaking to Sky Sports before the game:
“It looks like same old story…sometimes you look at a game and think this looks like a really good one (for Newcastle) but….Chelsea are starting to find form.
“Good news is that Costa is not playing, I know Mourinho has not won at St James Park but that is going to change this weekend.”
Just show some desire:
“Newcastle – I think it is actually quite simple now, forget tactics, go make some tackles, go make some challenges, work hard, stop other teams playing – because at the minute they are so easy to play against.
“All the faithful want there, is somebody to do something out of the ordinary. Go on a lung-bursting run, put the opposition under some pressure, just show some desire.”