Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has seen traits of Chelsea striker Diego Costa in new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, telling The Sun that his new player has an edge.
The Serbian international joined the Magpies from Anderlecht this summer, a deal which has been widely praised by onlookers considering his talent and wonderful potential.
Mitrovic can be described as a natural goal-scorer with quick feet and excellent movement for his size, yet boss Steve McClaren has been most impressed with another one of his defining attributes.
Speaking ahead of the Geordies’ clash with Southampton, the former Derby County coach has highlighted the 20-year-old’s aggression and physicality – comparing him with Chelsea hitman Diego Costa.
“He has an edge, doesn’t he? He flippin’ does. ‘I like conflict, I like’. He has that bit of Diego Costa. He likes physicality. There aren’t many who are like that now,” McClaren explained to The Sun.
“You can see it in training, he likes that physical contact. He doesn’t skulk around the training ground, he’s always smiling. But he’s got those assassin’s eyes. He’s Serbian and he’s an ‘ic’. Be careful.”
Having an aggressive edge can be a wonderful trait to hold in the more physically-demanding Premier League, yet Mitrovic needs to be careful in order to keep it controlled.
Diego Costa is now renowned among observers in England as a real battler, yet for the large part his aggression has its limits and Chelsea benefit greatly from that.
Newcastle can’t afford to have a player on their books who is only ever one step away from a suspension, therefore Mitrovic’s physical nature must be channeled and used in a positive light.