Aleksandar Mitrovic is set for an extended holiday and it could be September when he next plays competitive football.
The Newcastle striker looks set for a four game ban to kick off his Championship season, after the much criticised challenge on Kyle Walker.
Having already scored one and made one to help Newcastle to a 2-1 lead against Tottenham, Mitrovic looked as though he deliberately went over the top of the ball when injuring Kyle Walker.
However, Mitrovic has told the Serbian media that there has been an unnecessary ‘big fuss’ about the tackle and that the footage makes it look worse than it really was.
In isolation the sending off was bad enough but all through the match Mitrovic had looked like a bear with a sore head, at one stage marching up to refereee Anthony Taylor after one free-kick decision….
Alan Shearer commenting:
“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.”
As for the player himself, he is already looking forward to the Championship and says he is sorry about the relegation but Newcastle ‘will soon return to the elite’.
Removing any doubt as to his loyalties, Mitrovic states that whilst most kids dreamt of playing for Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid, he only ever wanted to play for Partizan Belgrade, Serbia and Newcastle United.
“The (sending off for challenge on Kyle Walker) footage looks much more serious than it really was – picked up a big fuss as far as I am concerned.
“At the moment I am living my dream in Newcastle.
“I hope to be at the club for many years and I will be a legend.
“Of course many children are dreaming of playing for Real, Barca, Manchester United – I always just wanted to wear the shirt of Partizan, Newcastle and my country.
“That (eventful seasons) is how it usually happens to me, in one season (more happens than) many happens throughout their career.
“On a personal level I’m happy, I could not given more, but I was however, making my debut in the strongest league in the world.
“I am sorry about relegation but Newcastle is too big a club and I hope that we will soon return to the elite.”