Newcastle should start Aleksandar Mitrovic, says Rob Lee

The former Magpies midfielder feels that a start would help reduce the striker's aggression.

Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee has suggested how the Magpies should go about handling their volatile new-boy Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian hasn’t displayed much in the way of an attacking threat so far but has picked up two yellow cards in his first two appearances - in keeping with his reputation as something of a hothead.

Writing on Kicca, Lee said:

“Aggression is an important weapon to have but it needs to be controlled and used in the right way... He must start showing there is more to his game than the ability to throw himself into a tackle.

“I think he should be given the chance to start a game. that way he is not sitting on the bench getting himself all hyped up before he gets on the pitch. Maybe that will change his whole approach.”

It’s an interesting theory, but the 20-year old’s aggression seems to be a major component of his game and it’s doubtful whether a starting berth would curtail that.

What is not in doubt however, is that Mitrovic needs to start demonstrating the quality that earned him his move to the Premier League, and provide an attacking spark to a Newcastle side in need of one.

Steve McClaren will be hopeful that the signing of Florian Thauvin can be the key that unlocks the potential in his Newcastle team going forward, and their expensive Serbian striker stands to benefit the most from the Frenchman's arrival.

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