Jamie Redknapp says Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic can be a cult hero

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Jamie Redknapp liked what he saw from Aleksandar Mitrovic against Chelsea.

Newcastle United produced a battling performance at the weekend to hold reigning champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw.

After watching Steve McClaren's side in the match at St James' Park, pundit Jamie Redknapp told The Mail he saw enough of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to feel confident he has seen a future star.

He said: "I thought Aleksandar Mitrovic was excellent. Yes, he has had some disciplinary problems but he plays with an edge and I liked what I saw.

"He could become a bit of a Toon hero."

Mitrovic was returning from suspension after being sent off in his last home game, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

He played 85 minutes of the fixture, withdrawn for teenager Ivan Toney who was making his Premier League debut.

The Serbian was a summer signing from Anderlecht, who arrived with a reputation for not only scoring goals, but for his unpredictable behaviour on and off the field.

He was unlucky to be sent off against Arsenal earlier this season, but did not let his frustration from that incident carry over into Saturday's game with Chelsea.

Mitrovic won five headers, more than any Newcastle player against Chelsea, and won nine fouls for his side through his battling display.

He will need to add goals to his game to really show he can be an asset in the Premier League, but as Redknapp states, the signs at the weekend were positive.

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