Report details how Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is ensuring he hits top form

The former Anderlecht man has had a slow start but could be about to fully introduce himself to the Toon Army

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s tenacity and enthusiasm on the pitch is translating to his work off it, according to a report from the Chronicle.

The Serbian striker is yet to really get going this season, with a three-match ban disrupting the bulk of his start, but his recent displays against Chelsea and Manchester City were promising.

He has added a new dimension to the Magpies’ attack and looks to be forming a promising partnership with Ayoze Perez.

Newcastle face a theoretically winnable run of fixtures after the international break and will be looking to quickly get points on the board.

The form of Mitrovic will be key to that and the Chronicle’s report sheds light on the steps the 20-year old is taking to ensure he is at his optimum for Newcastle.

Training ground drills are fiercely competed, with the Serbian enquiring as to whether he is the quickest in the shuttle runs and if not, how can he be?

Special attention has been paid to gym work as he seeks to build upper body strength to become an even greater presence for opposition defences.

Aside from physical improvements, Mitrovic has asked for extra feedback on his performances and how best to avoid attention from defenders.

His approach to the game indicates a young talent with his eyes fixed firmly on progression and he could well be the man to lift the current gloom around St. James Park.

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