Mitrovic vs. Southampton: 22 seconds on the pitch, yellow card.
Mitrovic vs. Swansea City: 90 seconds on the pitch, yellow card.
Mitrovic vs. Arsenal: 15 minutes on the pitch, red card.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was brought to Newcastle this summer to score goals, but his name has ended up in the referee’s book more often than on the scoresheet.
In four matches and just over 120 minutes of play in the Premier League, the 21-year-old striker has been booked three times, including a straight red card against Arsenal. He has yet to score a goal.
After leading the Belgian Pro League in scoring last season with 20 goals for Anderlecht, Newcastle paid more than $20 million to bring the talented Serbian international to St. James’ Park. However, his hot-temper has gotten the best of him, as he has already amassed 47 yellow and six red cards in his young career.
Now that he has served the three-match ban for his red card against Arsenal, Mitrovic has said he is determined to stay calm on the pitch.
I want to show that I can control my emotion and my aggression and can stay calm in certain situations. I hope I can now show everybody in the next few weeks that I am a calm guy.
The people who are close to me know who I am. I am a really nice, family guy. Maybe on the pitch I look a little bit more aggressive, but that is only because I want to win every ball and every game.
The problem has been that I have wanted everything now. It is an emotional problem. My price of 18 million Euros is a little bit of pressure.
While a big price-tag may put pressure on a young player like Mitrovic, he’s going to be under much more scrutiny if he continues to get booked without producing offensively. Newcastle is yet to pick up a point through six matches, and the team’s three goals is the lowest total in the league.
He’ll have a chance to become a hero on Saturday, when the Magpies host Chelsea (Watch live, 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra). Luckily for Mitrovic, Chelsea has conceded 12 goals this season, second-most in the league.