Aleksandar Mitrovic jokes about Alan Shearer's goal record ahead of Wear-Tyne derby

The Newcastle United striker is in an ambitious mood ahead of his side's visit to Sunderland.

Newcastle may go into Sunday afternoon's Wear-Tyne derby knowing they are on a losing streak against Sunderland - but it's not harming forward Aleksandar Mitrovic's confidence and ambition, according to the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, the Serb has joked about matching Alan Shearer's 206-goal record already, explaining the advantage he has in the race to finish Newcastle's highest ever goalscorer.

Sunderland, beware, for the 21-year-old seems in determined mood. That may spill over into a booking or worse during a derby. But it may also mean goals...

Mitrovic told the Mirror: "I have 204 goals to go! I have time! Shearer came here when he was 26 til 36. Why not!

"I always look at those legends. Shearer is No1 here. Everyone was behind him. He did a lot for this club and this is how I want to play. Maybe one day I can become a legend. It is just beginning.

"I hope to meet him. He is my idol. I only came here two months ago, and I don’t want to leave soon, so it will happen."

It's a very encouraging attitude to have from the Newcastle forward.

There will also be relief for the Serb in that he has got the monkey off his back of scoring his first goal for the Magpies ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby.

It was a very well-taken finish that opened Mitrovic's St James' Park against Norwich, adding to his first Newcastle goal against Manchester City, and supporters & the 21-year-old alike will be hoping for more goals against Sunderland.

After so many months of misery at St James' Park, even if Newcastle net six more times against the Black Cats, the fans will still be entitled to want more.

*article edited

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch