Steve McClaren considers benching Aleksandar Mitrovic, claims player has no excuse

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has admitted he will consider dropping Newcastle striker Alesandar Mitrovic.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that he will look at the possibility of dropping Aleksandar Mitrovic to the bench.

The Magpies were hammered 3-0 at home by Leicester City on Saturday, with the Magpies turning in arguably their worst performance of what has been a dismal season so far.

One player to really struggle against the Foxes was striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has already had a rollercoaster ride in English football.

The Serbian target man, 21, arrived from Anderlecht over the summer having smashed 44 goals in 90 games for the Belgian giants, but he has found life in English much harder so far.

The striker has a clear aggressive streak, and whilst his disciplinary issues have been a problem, just two goals in 12 games have been arguably more concerning.

After an ineffectual display against Leicester - in which he lasted just 62 minutes before being replaced by Papiss Cisse - Mitrovic has now been warned that he could be dropped to the bench by manager McClaren, who told The Chronicle that his problems away on international duty with Serbia are no excuse for his struggles on Tyneside, with a spell on the sidelines seemingly imminent for the striker.

"We will have a look at that," said McClaren when asked whether he could take Mitrovic out of the side. "We have talked a lot about the disruption of the international break and players being away. It is a lot of hullabaloo and also a lot of rubbish and no excuse. That is what football is."

"Sometimes it is not all fine weather and going your way. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and this is a time when we have to do exactly that. Mitrovic is part of a Serbia team that has had a bad time. That might have affected him, but it is no excuse," he added.

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