Alan Smith raves about Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Alan Smith was impressed with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s performance for Newcastle United against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has been singing the praises of Newcastle United youngster Aleksandar Mitrovic in The Telegraph.

The former Arsenal man was impressed with the performance of the Serbia international striker against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening.

Mitrovic, who joined Newcastle from Belgian giants Anderlecht in the summer transfer window, started the Premier League encounter and played until the 85th minute.

The 21-year-old took two shots, had a pass accuracy of 79%, created one chance, put in one cross, attempted two dribbles, and made two clearances and three blocks.

Former Arsenal striker Smith was impressed with the shift put in by Mitrovic and wrote in The Telegraph: “A few weeks back I labelled Aleksandar Mitrovic a villain after getting booked and sent off in his first few games for Newcastle.

“Only right, then, that he gets praised for returning from suspension to play a much more positive role in the draw with Chelsea.

“The 21 year-old held the ball up very well and caused plenty of problems, whipping up the crowd along the way. The Toon Army might have found another favourite.”

Renewed confidence

Newcastle are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season, but they showed against Chelsea that they can compete with the very best.

Steve McClaren’s side played out a 2-2 draw with the Blues after going 2-0 up, and they will want to build on their performance in the coming weeks.

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