Forgive me if this turns into some sort of love letter but there’s just something about Aleksandar Mitrovic that brings a certain buzz around the fanbase.
As I sat and witnessed Newcastle United demolish Norwich City inside a cold St James’s Park, it was clear to see that the young Serbian striker brings something unique to the team on the field.
From the second you see his name on the teamsheet your body seems to be overcome by a certain element of excitement and nervousness as you count down the minutes until kick off, and Sunday was no different.
I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t overly convinced by Aleksandar as he picked up two bookings and a sending off in his first few games for United, but believe me when I say all is forgiven thanks to the effort he has put in since returning from suspension.
There’s a roaring fire within his belly which simply can not be taught, and from that fire comes a burning passion to drive forward and make a positive impact on the field, dragging his team-mates with him along the way.
You can see it in his eyes that he’s proud to wear that famous black and white shirt with his name across the back, he’s proud to represent the crest on the front and it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed amongst the fans piled into St James’s Park.
Mitrovic brings a new element to the team which has more than struggled for a long time for any real leadership qualities and the fight that comes with the responsibility – but the big striker certainly has it by the bucket load.
The cherry on top of the cake is that he’s not shy when it comes to his own ability, as we gazed on while he plucked Moussa Sissoko’s cross out of thin air and laced the ball into the back of the net.
The team now has that little bit of confidence restored as the Wear-Tyne derby approaches so fingers crossed that we take the momentum across to the Stadium of light on Sunday.
PS. I see Moussa turned that Champions League switch on, a cracking game from the Frenchman. Long may it continue.
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