Aleksandar Mitrovic has been given key advice by the Newcastle coaching staff.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has told The Chronicle that the Newcastle coaching staff have given him advice over his aggression, advising him to think more on the pitch.
Mitrovic, 20, joined the Magpies in a big-money move from Anderlecht earlier this summer, and having smashed 44 goals in 90 games for the Belgian outfit, Mitrovic has arrived in England with a huge reputation.
The Serbian had been limited to substitute appearances for the first two games of the season, but on Saturday he was handed a start against Manchester United - and hit the bar with a superb header at Old Trafford.
Newcastle fans will now be encouraged that Mitrovic can become a real threat under Steve McClaren, but the concerns over his aggression continue to hover above his head.
Mitrovic picked up two quick bookings in his substitute appearances, and his volatile nature has concerned many supporters and pundits alike during his introduction to English football.
Now, Mitrovic himself has tackled the situation, admitting to The Chronicle that he needs to be calmer - and also revealed that the Newcastle coaching staff have told him to think more on the pitch in a bid to reduce that aggression.
"I spoke to the coaches and they told me you need to work but you need to think about every situation,” said Mitrovic. "They are right. I need to work hard for the team but I also need to stay calm. I learnt a real lot from my first two games," he added.
Much like Chelsea's Diego Costa, Mitrovic's edge and tenacity make him the player that he is, and whilst it needs to be tamed somewhat, removing all aggression from his game would make him less of a threat in the final third.
McClaren needs to find a way to not only keep Mitrovic out of trouble with referees but also keep some of that nastiness to his game - and it seems that the player himself knows the must find a way to adapt his game accordingly.