John Carver makes a worrying prediction about Aleksandar Mitrovic

The former Newcastle United boss has praised the striker - but has predicted a far from ideal eventuality.

John Carver believes Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will 'definitely' get a red card soon, according to the Chronicle.

Indeed, the big-money summer signing has wasted no time in releasing his aggressive side since bursting onto the scene in the Premier League. And many have been left worried that the Serb's first sending off will only be around the corner.

That's exactly what Carver has predicted for the forward, although he has also compared him to Alan Shearer and praised his aerial prowess - as well as his ability to hold up the ball in the final third.

Carver is quoted as telling Goals on Sunday by the Chronicle: "Let me just say, as sure as eggs is eggs he’s definitely going to get a red card soon. But that’s the sort of thing that the Newcastle fans like.

"It picks them up and gets them going. He’s got to control himself but he’s a good player. He’s one we were looking at when we were there.

"He’s a good old-fashioned centre forward. He’s the nearest we’ve had to Alan Shearer since Alan Shearer because of his hold up play. He’s good in the air, he’s strong. But I think Alan was a little more disciplined than what you’re seeing there."

One more for the road?

Newcastle's languid performance at Swansea City followed up an encouraging display against Southampton that ultimately left them ruing poor defensive mistakes on the opening day of the Premier League.

And a big question left for the Magpies hierarchy is: should the club sign another striker before the transfer deadline?

Papiss Cisse scored against the Saints but issues persist over whether he can be consistent enough - or simply fit enough- across a whole season. Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez, meanwhile, are still young. And the former might need some back-up if he is to spend plenty of time suspended...

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