Aleksandar Mitrovic wants to show his calmer side now he has served his suspension.
Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has told The Sun that he wants to show Magpies fans that he is actually a 'calm guy' despite his recent disciplinary issues.
Serbian forward Mitrovic, 21, smashed 44 goals in 90 games for Belgian side Anderlecht before moving on to join Newcastle this summer, with the burly forward tipped to become the Magpies' next top striker.
Yet, so far, Mitrovic has yet to open his account for the club, and has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons due to his aggressive streak.
Mitrovic has already picked up a couple of bookings, as well as a red card for a poorly timed challenge on Arsenal's Francis Coquelin, meaning he has missed the last few games for Steve McClaren's men.
Now, Mitrovic is back from suspension, and should be in the Newcastle side to face Chelsea this evening - where his every move will once again be under intense scrutiny.
With a reputation of being a short-tempered, aggressive player already attached to him, Mitrovic has to work to prove people wrong; and he has now told The Sun that he wants to show Newcastle supporters that he is in fact a 'calm guy', despite the recent discipline problems.
"I want to show I can control my emotion and aggression and can stay calm," said Mitrovic. "I hope I can now show everybody in the next few weeks that I am a calm guy. Sport is dirty if you want to win, but I’m not a dirty player."
"I’ll use everything I can in sport conditions but I don’t want to kick or injure anyone. People who are close to me know who I am. I am a really nice, family guy. Maybe on the pitch I look a bit more aggressive. But that is only because I want to win every ball and every game," he added.
Newcastle have scored just three goals this season, and manager McClaren desperately needs Mitrovic to not only stay on the pitch, but also get amongst the goals early into his Premier League career, in order to end the current crisis at St. James' Park.