Newcastle summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic compares himself to Diego Costa

Diego Costa Chelsea

Aleksandar Mitrovic believes there are some similarities between himself and Diego Costa.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has told The Sun that there are similarities between himself and Chelsea star Diego Costa.

The Serbian forward, 21, earned a reputation for scoring goals on a regular basis for Anderlecht in Belgium, hitting 44 in 90 games before his move to Tyneside this summer.

Yet whilst his record in front of goal was impressive, he also earned a less positive reputation too - concerning his discipline on the pitch.

We've already seen Mitrovic pick up two bookings and a red card in just four Premier League games, underlining his issues with aggression during games.

Tonight, Mitrovic takes on Chelsea, who will be without their own controversial striker Diego Costa, who has just picked up a three match suspension - and comparisons have been made between the conduct of Mitrovic and Costa.

Speaking ahead of that Chelsea game, Mitrovic has told The Sun that there are similarities between himself and the Spanish international striker, and also believes that they both get a rough ride from referees due to their badboy reputations

"Maybe we have similarities," said Mitrovic. "He is a winner and likes to score goals. But maybe with refs we now have the same reputation," he added.

Mitrovic needs to stay out of trouble tonight, as Newcastle - who have scored just three goals in the Premier League this season - desperately need the Serbian to find the back of the net for the first time, and not pick up any cards in the process, with Steve McClaren still searching for his first Premier League in charge of the Magpies.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch