‘Devil’ Aleksandar Mitrovic will be bad news – for Premier League defences

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic
Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic will bring some devilment to Newcastle United’s attack.

The striker made his debut in last night’s 2-1 friendly defeat to York City.

He has that but of devil in him. He’s very good signing.

Steve McClaren

Mitrovic joined the club this month from Anderlecht in a £13million deal.

And head coach Steve McClaren has high hopes for the powerful 20-year-old, who he feels will make mischief in and around the box.

“It was good to see Mitrovic playing,” said McClaren, who named a youthful side at Bootham Crescent.

“He hasn’t trained for a couple of weeks and needs minutes, but you could see from his movement and runs that he’s a good player.

“He has that but of devil in him. He’s very good signing.”

Mitrovic only met his new team-mates for the first time on Tuesday, but he was keen to play more than an hour at York.

“He has been training back in Belgium,” said McClaren. “But because of the ongoing saga of his transfer he has missed some days.

“We only expected one half from him, but he wanted more.

“It shows that enthusiasm on the field, so we are pleased to get him on.

“He has only had 24 hours, trained then played. He’s a good lad and he had a smile on his face.

“But once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil.”

United have just one more pre-season friendly left – Saturday’s home game against Borussia Monchengladbach – before the season opener against Southampton on August 9.

Reflecting on the York game, McClare said: “It was a good work out.

“This was always going to be a physical game.

“We had some youngsters playing, but I was pleased with what I saw in the middle.

“We played good football and had good endeavour and attitude.”