Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic identifies where he must improve

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has had a poor disciplinary record since arriving in England.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has told the Telegraph that he must improve the mental side of his game. 

The Serbian has made a positive impression at St. James' Park after joining, but his tendency to pick up bookings is already a worry. 

Mitrovic was sent off against Arsenal, and he received yellow cards against Swansea City and Southampton, as his all-action style became too aggressive. 

It has shown the 21-year-old that he will need to curb his enthusiasm to battle defenders if he wants to stay on the field, and Mitrovic insists that he has the capacity to do that. 

"It’s very difficult when you get a lot of kicks from defenders, but you have to stay calm and think about how to score goals," he said. 

“They kick you all game, but that is my position and I have to deal with it. I need to keep working on the mental side of things, but I have shown I can deal with all of that."

Mitrovic arrived at Newcastle from Anderlecht in the summer transfer window, and already has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.

Although he is yet to score for the Magpies, Mitrovic's ability to hold up play makes him an integral part of Steve McClaren's plans, and there is nobody else in the squad who possesses the same qualities.

It means that it will be important for Newcastle that he stops picking up cheap bookings, as they will need him on the pitch if they are to break out of their current slump.

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