The Newcastle boss wants to see Mitrovic retain the aggressive side of his game.
He said: “I’ve had a lot of these type of players during my career and you do not take that aggression, that emotion, away from the game. Just don’t do that. For example, Diego Costa at Chelsea. To curb it you take 50 per cent of their game away.”
Whilst positive to hear from McClaren, with Mitrovic’s ability thriving off his aggressive nature, it is also a worry considering his recent disciplinary record.
After getting booked within seconds of entering the field of play for his debut last weekend, the Serbian striker repeated the feat this weekend, receiving a yellow card moments after entering the game against Swansea City.
A talented goalscorer, and a fantastic striker able to lead an attacking line due to his physical play, if Mitrovic continues with his aggressive style it is likely much of the season will be spent on the sidelines due to suspension.
Considering he has been brought in to provide a much-needed firepower to a poor Newcastle attack, Mitrovic will be wasted if he does not learn to restrain himself when needed.
As shown by Diego Costa during the 2014/15 season, a player can retain their physical and dirty attributes without being booked with every tackle, and Mitrovic will need to learn to emulate Costa’s play this term.
If he can continue playing in his own style, but with better game management and an understanding of when to get stuck in, the Magpies will have a real top class player on their hands.