Aleksandar Mitrovic has been listed in a Premier League Top 10 which also includes Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard.
However, it also includes Lee Cattermole…
Over at Football365 they have compiled a list of the ‘Top 10 players who need to buck up their ideas’.
Interesting to read their write-up on Newcastle United’s latest number nine (well 4+5).
As they point out, Mitrovic has walked into the most obvious custard pie, with everybody seeing a mile off what was going to happen, and the Serbian striker living up/down to those expectations.
The Premier League and the referees are not going to change to make allowances for the striker and his disciplinary record at the age of 20 is a shocker.
With 47 yellows and six reds in his career already, as Football365 report, ‘he’s a waste of a squad place’ if he doesn’t curb his behaviour.
Mitrovic misses the matches against West Ham, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday after the red card against Arsenal.
Facing Chelsea and Manchester City on his return, the last thing Newcastle can do with is having to deal with those challenges without the striker who could potentially make the difference this season.
8) Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle)
‘There are two distinct brands of comedy, both of which can provide deep satisfaction. The first is the surprise, in which your assumption or expectations are altered drastically and to the point of amusement. The second is the expected, where you can see the denouement coming a mile off, but the protagonist of the joke cannot. Mitrovic falls snugly into that second camp.
We had all read the articles, seen the disciplinary record and watched that naughty celebration – we knew what to expect. So to watch Mitrovic storm around the pitch like a p*ssed-up bull wearing red contact lenses was objectively funny. Unless you were a Newcastle fan.
Quite simply, Mitrovic must change. Supporters can claim that he has been made a target by referees, but that is a logical and reasonable response to his previous actions. To have committed seven fouls, received two yellow cards and a straight red in your first 127 minutes indicates a naivety and over-exuberance that must be curbed. Fail to do so, and he’s a waste of a squad place.’
Their Top 10 of players who need to buck their ideas up:
1) Eden Hazard
2) Wayne Rooney
3) Saido Berahino
4) Christian Benteke
5) Per Mertesacker
6) Kevin Mirallas
7) Nabil Bentaleb
8) Aleksandar Mitrovic
9) Carl Jenkinson
10) Lee Cattermole