Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on his partnership with Ayoze Perez

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The young duo have shown signs of promise in recent games.

Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has spoken of his burgeoning relationship on and off the pitch with new strike partner Ayoze Perez.

The Serbian has had a disrupted start to life on Tyneside - with a three-match ban ruling him out of just under half of the Magpies league games - but he is now available again and looks ready to kick on.

His reintroduction against Chelsea added a new dimension to the Newcastle attack and helped Steve McClaren’s men grab a valuable point against the champions.

He bagged his first goal for the club the following week against Manchester City and glimpses of an effective partnership with Perez have started to appear.

“He understands me, I understand him. We show on the training field we understand each other,” said Mitrovic, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

“We train together, we work together and we speak all the time. We can help each other. I like him so much, he’s a funny guy and we work together well.”

The form of the two young forwards has been a rare positive in what has been a dismal start to the season for Newcastle, but there is now reason to be optimistic.

The fixture list is kinder after the international break and there have been promising signs in their previous two games, despite the second half drubbing against City.

McClaren will now be focused on getting points on the board against so-called ‘lesser’ opposition and with Perez and Mitrovic leading the line, he stands every chance.

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