Aleksandar Mitrović has admitted that he did ‘some stupid things’ whilst in Newcastle colours, as he told Sky Sports News (01/01/22 at 2:40 pm).
As a striker, given that Mitrović was probably more famous for his sending-offs at St James’ Park, than his goals, it tells you all you need to know about his time at the club.
At the time, Mitrović was a young and hungry striker trying to make a name for himself on the biggest stage on the domestic circuit.
There were occasions when the crowd were on his side because he showcased the raw goalscoring talent he had at his boots, but he would then get sent off after 16 minutes against Arsenal to their frustration.
Newcastle eventually parted ways with the Serbia international in 2018 by selling him to Fulham and he hasn’t looked back since.
The 27-year-old admitted that he has learned from his younger days through age and joked whilst he ‘still can’t count to ten’, he is slowly getting there.
“I think so (I have mellowed),” said Mitrović. “I came really young in the Premier League, with a lot of expectations and in a big club like Newcastle.
“A lot of pressure. I wanted to show everyone what my qualities are. I want to be aggressive. Win the game.
“I think, at the beginning of my career, not just Newcastle, I didn’t channel that energy really well. I was too aggressive sometimes. I did some stupid things.
“But, the most important thing, I learn from that. Through age. The seasons. You start to learn how to count to ten in some difficult situations. I learnt that. I maybe can’t still count to ten, but I am getting there.”
Mitrović is one of the best players in the Championship, and once again, he is topping the goalscoring charts in England’s second-tier.
Fulham are sitting third in the table, with Mitrović on 22 goals, but Marco Silva’s side have two games in hand on Blackburn and Bournemouth ahead of them.
Given the influx of money that has now dropped on Newcastle’s doorstep, it’s a surprise that Mitrović’s name hasn’t been bandied about as a possible signing this month.
Either way, it’s great to see the player now mature and improve his game because that hard-hitting quality has always been in his game.
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