Five things Newcastle United fans may not know about Aleksandar Mitrovic

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With Newcastle wrapping up a £13 million deal for the Serbian, here are a few things supporters may not know about the Premier League newcomer.

The arrival of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht in a £13 million deal, as reported by the BBC, represents a major coup for Newcastle United – but how much do the fans really know about the Serbian?

Magpies manager Steve McClaren has already hailed the arrival of the 20-year-old as a positive statement of intent by the Toon.

The statistics certainly back up that assertion, with Mitrovic scoring 18 goals in 42 games for Partizan Belgrade before heading to Belgium, where he notched up 44 in 90.

Capped 13 times by Serbia to date, the forward remains something of an unknown quantity on England shores, though.

Here are five things Newcastle fans may not know about him:

1. He’s occasionally been a magnet for trouble

Like many a striker, Mitrovic has engaged in plenty of on-the-pitch warfare with his fellow pros, with the most notable clash being with Genk defender and one-time Newcastle target, according to the Daily Mail, Kara Mbodji.

With Anderlecht 1-0 up, the Serbian was on the receiving end of a stamp and while he had already flicked a leg out at Mbodji, it was the Senegalese star who was given his marching orders.

2. He’s not always the most level-headed

Mitrovic’s Serbia debut was almost one to forget for the fiery youngster, who could well have been sent off for a collision with Axel Witsel, in which the forward trod on the Belgian’s foot.

He was given a yellow card and substituted shortly after.

3. He’s tried his hand at goalkeeping

During a 2013/14 Champions League group game between Olympiakos and Anderlecht, Mitrovic was forced to go in goal for the Brussels-based club, following the late dismissal of Silvio Proto.

He fared badly – conceding from a resulting penalty in a 3-1 loss.

4. He ranks Alan Shearer among his football heroes

Speaking to the official Newcastle United website, Mitrovic expressed his admiration for the Toon and England legend:

"I … know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this Club. It will be an honour."

5. He’s carrying a poison UEFA chalice

Winner of the Golden Player award as the most outstanding talent on show at the 2013 European Under-19 Championship, Mitrovic’s name is among a long list of players who have failed to live up to their early promise.

Highlights from the winners list include: Gael Kakuta, Sotiris Ninis, Alberto Aquilani, Fernando Torres and Gerard Deulofeu.

And those are the ones you have heard of – the rest are all mostly playing second-tier football in one country or another.

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